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On a housing mission in Rokeby

MISSION Australia is helping address the state’s housing crisis, starting work recently on a new social and affordable housing subdivision project at Rokeby.

In early May the Mission Australia team held an official sod-turning ceremony at the Burtonia Street site, former Crown land which has been rezoned as ‘general residential’ under the State Government’s affordable housing strategy.

The 48-lot site is close to shops including the IGA supermarket and takeaway options, Rokeby Primary School, the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre and a well-serviced bus route in Tollard Drive.

Mission Australia Housing executive Chris Bratchford said the development would provide much-needed affordable and fully serviced land for the construction of social and affordable housing, helping combat Tasmania’s housing crisis.

“Mission Australia is proud to be delivering more social and affordable housing outcomes for Tasmanians in need,” he said.

“This marks the beginning of construction of much-needed housing lots.

“The affordable and social homes that will be built here will provide members of the community in need with a safe and stable place to sleep at night and the support they need to thrive.”

Mr Bratchford said the homes will be accessible to older people, families and other people who are on lower incomes or are at risk of homelessness.

“The high and rising cost of rent has pushed far too many Tasmanians into rental stress, placing people in precarious housing situations or even pushing them into homelessness,” he said.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the Tasmanian Government to provide housing opportunities that will assist people to access and experience safe, supported and secure housing.

“These social and affordable home lots are in close proximity to countless services and amenities – giving all future residents an opportunity to join an existing thriving and well-connected community.

“It is important that any strategy to address Tasmania’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis involves the increase in availability of social and affordable homes and housing opportunities.”

The project, which was first announced back in 2018 and approved by the Clarence City Council in early 2020, is expected to be completed in early 2023.

Mission Australia is a national Christian charity that has been helping people find safe and affordable housing, supporting disadvantaged children and families, empowering troubled young people, and assist people with mental illness and disability since 1859.

Mission Australia already works with more than 500 community housing tenants on the eastern shore, mostly in Rokeby and Clarendon Vale.