The NSW Government today announced the completion of a $2.8 million project to provide more housing for teachers in Broken Hill and Walgett.
The new, purpose-built flexible design accommodation blocks are located at 240 Rowe Street in Broken Hill, and 20 Arthur Street and 61 Namoi Street in Walgett.
The blocks are set to replace aging residences which have come to the end of their economic life.
In Broken Hill, the flexible design dwellings are made up of four units on two parallel blocks. The units can be converted into either a single bedroom and a four-bedroom unit or a two-bedroom and a three-bedroom unit.
In Walgett, the flexible design dwellings comprise of four-bedroom units at each of the two locations. The units can be converted into either a single bedroom and a three-bedroom unit or two, two-bedroom units.
CEO of Property NSW, Brett Newman, said the government was committed to providing and maintaining a quality housing service for teachers in NSW.
“Providing a quality housing service is essential in order to attract and retain professionals in rural and regional townships,” Mr Newman said.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said the new units would provide a boost to the region.
“In the remote areas of Far West NSW, we know that improved facilities go a long way to attracting professionals to the area,” Mr Humphries said.
“To be able to provide great new, up-to-date accommodation will have a big impact in being able to attract teachers and just as important, families, to our areas.”
The region will receive a further boost, with work on a $1.4 million teacher housing project that has commenced in Brewarrina due for completion in December 2018.
Property NSW manages around 1,278 teacher residences in 200 rural and remote communities in NSW.