By Stuart Kavanagh
The Duke of Cornwall Park is set to receive a significant upgrade to facilities, while a slice of land near the Aquatic Centre will see medium-density housing, all thanks to a $1.4m grant.
The park upgrade will include new shelters, resurfacing and new surfacing for the tennis courts and a new half-court basketball court. There will also be new amenities, including smart bins.
The medium density housing is planned for land near the Aquatic Centre and had to be earmarked swiftly because projects to be funded had to be chosen within a two-month grant window.
The money comes out of the NSW Regional Housing Fund whose aim is to provide funding to deliver infrastructure and open space projects that directly support the delivery of new housing supply.
“It’s important that we provide improved facilities to the community to complement the population growth that is expected in the years to come,” said Council’s General Manager, Jay Nankivell.
The funding will also be used to subdivide a piece of Council-owned land near the Aquatic Centre to construct new medium-density housing.
“It’s been identified by the council in the past six months,” Mayor Tom Kennedy told the Barrier Truth, “maybe even a bit longer, housing prices have gone up, and there have been reports to council that there are no rental properties available, meaning some people have had to leave town.”
The idea is to put as much housing as possible on the site. GM Nankivell said that it would probably be around four structures before adding the caveat “…that may be subject to change during the design phase”.
Mayor Kennedy says, “when you’re talking medium density housing, rather than break them into big blocks, Council would like to break them into smaller blocks and potentially have them two storeys.
“So instead of having quarter-acre blocks that Broken Hill traditionally has, they will likely be 500sqm or potentially smaller. We want to get as many on that block as possible.”
The Council also doesn’t want to waste any time getting the new homes up.
They have already been in discussion with several building groups.
“Some of this modular type housing, from beginning to end of construction, can be about 12 weeks.” Says the Mayor.
How quickly the structures can be built will be a significant factor during the tender process.
“We want to make sure these can be built pretty rapidly,” the Mayor said.