The NSW Government is calling on the community housing sector to express interest in transforming the Tolland Estate in Wagga Wagga into a vibrant and progressive housing community, connected with jobs, transport and essential services.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the opening of Expressions of Interest for the Tolland Renewal Project meant Community Housing Providers (CHPs) now had a tremendous opportunity to participate in creating a long-term vision to revitalise a regional community and change lives.

“This exciting regional renewal project means a Community Housing Partner can partner with the NSW Government to deliver a sustainable solution that will change real lives in a regional community,” Mrs Pavey said.

“CHPs can also explore the ability to access infrastructure and housing construction funding that’s available for such projects through the Federal Government’s $1 billion National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.”

Wes Fang MLC said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation and the Aboriginal Housing Office are looking to partner with a CHP to deliver the Tolland Renewal Project, by developing a concept plan, backed by a suitable funding model.

“This partnership will support the renewal of social, affordable and private homes and the delivery of enhanced open spaces and community infrastructure,” Mr Fang said.

”We want to break the cycle of disadvantage by building safer and stronger communities that provide better opportunities to access tenant support services while creating housing independence.”

Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Greg Conkey OAM said Council looks forward to working closely with the NSW Government to make this project a success.

“Wagga Wagga City Council supports this vision to renew Tolland Estate which is also boosted by current Government and private sector investment within the Special Activation Precinct, Health and Knowledge Precinct and Transport NSW initiatives to boost cycling and public transport usage,” Cr Conkey said.

The Tolland Renewal Project will also act as a pilot program to explore how large housing estate renewals can be delivered in regional areas of NSW.

The EOI opens Wednesday 1 July and will run for eight weeks. Information is available at www.tenders.nsw.gov.au