HOME SWEETER HOMES – Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, met with advisory group chairman Bob Kelly and Homes North executives Anne Wolfenden and Ben Jacobs at Glen Innes this week to discuss the big $46,901 improvement fund grant for the social housing project there.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
A GRANT of nearly $47,000 will radically improve the social housing surrounds in south west Glen Innes, according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, and importantly give tenants in the precinct a beautified and safer environment.
Mr Marshall announced the $46,901 NSW Government grant today, awarded to Homes North, which will bring enhanced aesthetics for the social housing area but also provide employment opportunities and valued work experience opportunities for locals.
“The funds will be used to provide fencing for homes in the area and the neighbourhood’s advisory group has been a strong advocate for the project,” Mr Marshall said.
“The proposed fences have been chosen for their strategic locations in South West Glen Innes.
“They will provide a delineated space for the tenants to plant a garden without the fear of vandalism or theft. They will also improve the visual appeal for the homes and add a feeling of safety by creating a simple barrier between the street and their homes.”
Homes North’s Service Development Officer Nickie Murcell said many of the front yards have been used as short cuts for other community members, as a place to drop their rubbish as they go through or to easily go onto properties.
“A fence will also help increase trust issues between neighbours and improve social engagement by providing an opportunity to say a safe hello across the fence,” Ms Murcell said.
As well, the Glen Innes Tenants Advisory Group had indicated that the fences would improve community perceptions of the area and the group will also work with tenants to help them with individual beautification plans for their front gardens.
Tenants in the area have also had input into the project aims. They’ve been canvassed about the types of fencing they’d prefer – and as a result of that feedback there’s between three and six different options to choose from when it comes to the final choices.
Mr Marshall said the local workplace and recruitment organisation Best Employment will offer places for a number of social housing residents through their Work for the Dole scheme on the fencing project.
Homes North Glen Innes Branch Manager Anne Wolfenden welcomed the funding and said it was “great news for everyone involved” and had created a real sense of excitement because so many people dedicated to the project had been working to get funding for it for some time.
The grant is under the State Government’s Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) – a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities.
“This is all about turning social housing areas into strong, vibrant communities that our residents are proud to call home,” Mr Marshall said.