Wagga Wagga residents are invited to provide feedback on the draft zoning plans for the Tolland Renewal Project which is set to help curb the critical need for more housing in the Riverina.
The NSW Government placed the planning proposal, discussion paper and technical studies on public exhibition on Monday (29 January), which will be available until 29 February for formal submissions.
The Tolland Renewal Project is set to deliver 500 new social, affordable and private homes at Tolland Estate. The redevelopment will be made up of modern single- and double-storey homes.
The project, led by the Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC), involves the development of new community infrastructure including roads, utilities, drainage, footpaths, and landscaped parks to revitalise the area for future residents, similar to other estate renewal projects delivered across Sydney and regional NSW.
Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr welcomed the draft zoning plans.
“Public exhibition of the planning proposal means we want the community’s feedback and ideas, including the best ways to support residents who will be moving to new and improved housing when the project is delivered,” Dr McGirr said.
“Housing is an essential human right and with more than 600 people on the social housing waitlist in Wagga Wagga I am looking forward to seeing further growth in this area to address the housing needs of the community.
The expansion of social and affordable housing is a core policy priority for me and it’s great to see it being delivered.”
Minister for Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson said that on top of the 500 new homes at Tolland Estate, a further 70 new social homes were in the pipeline to be delivered over the next four years.
“We’re exploring every possibility with all levels of government and stakeholders to deliver more social housing right across the state but especially in regional areas like Wagga Wagga,” Ms Jackson said.
“This is a great example of our commitment to get people who need it most into a safe and secure home faster.
“The redevelopment will be a staged approach to minimise disruptions for residents. We will continue to work closely with tenants to prioritise temporary relocations within the community to a property that meets their needs.”
Ms Jackson added that all tenants had the right to return to new homes at Tolland Estate once the development was complete.
LAHC, the Aboriginal Housing Office and the Argyle Consortium have signed an agreement to deliver a 16 per cent increase in new social housing within the Tolland and Duke of Kent Park precincts.
Wagga Wagga City Council has been working with the LAHC for more than two years to develop the draft masterplan. The planning proposal is the next step towards rezoning the land to enable development.
The Tolland Estate Renewal Project was announced in December 2022.
To find out more about the Tolland Renewal Project and to provide feedback on the planning proposal visit Tolland Estate.