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Stimulus program delivers jobs, improves homes

25 June 2020 – Stimulus funding from the NSW Government has enabled the acceleration of $2.3m of external works in two locations managed by leading community housing provider SGCH, keeping dozens of trades employed to deliver upgrades to 97 social housing dwellings. The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) maintenance stimulus is improving the homes of residents in Gymea and Marrickville and creating job opportunities for local trades and contractors.

Group CEO of SGCH Scott Langford commended the work of partners to deliver this program. “I’d like to thank the NSW Government, and in particular Minister Pavey and Minister Ward, for their ongoing commitment to improving social and economic outcomes through investment in and partnering with community housing providers. The leadership and staff team at LAHC have been fantastic to work with in putting this program together in the midst of the challenges of COVID-19. We are proud to be working with great partners like LAHC, and our contractors, to deliver a program that will benefit residents and communities, secure jobs for trades and support the economy.”

The works had been identified and planned as part of a future asset maintenance program. However, in proactively responding to the impact of COVID-19, LAHC has worked with SGCH to accelerate the schedule which will benefit the residents, who are getting the upgrades to their homes sooner, as well as supporting up to 26 jobs through our partner contractors.

Working at the Gymea property which is home to 18 households, project manager Adam Saleh from Rapid Construction is grateful. Adam says “To be honest, this job has kept me employed, and a whole lot of subcontractors too.”

Joseph Puccio, Managing Director of Assett Group Services is overseeing the Marrickville site and appreciates the impact of the stimulus, “this program has directly contributed to being able to retain two full-time workers. We have about 10 different sub-contractor companies we are employing too.”

Marrickville resident Vai is thrilled with the upgrades. Vai enthuses “I have been living here for 33 years when the units were first built and these improvements are great for everyone who lives here.

“The security cameras mean that we can use our garden and garages and feel safe.”

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Background

The program is delivering;

  • Illawarra Road, Marrickville – $1.19m on external works including upgrades to gutters, balconies, painting, gates and landscaping. Installing of CCTV cameras in common areas to improve security. Between 10-14 workers are on site each day.
  • Kingsway, Gymea –  $1.14m in replacing waterproofing of basement car park slabs, with an average of 12 workers on site every day.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Moore-Fonseca, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications

0423 412 150 | michelle.moore-fonseca@sgch.com.au

About SGCH

  • SGCH is a leading not-for-profit community housing provider with 35 years’ experience in developing and managing sustainable, safe and affordable homes and connecting people to opportunity.
  • Recognised as one of the largest community housing providers in Australia, SGCH houses around 11,000 people in over 6,600 homes across the Sydney Metropolitan Region, with a development pipeline of over 1,000 dwellings to be delivered by 2022.
  • Our pioneering partnerships with government agencies, community groups and support services allow us to increase the number of good quality homes and connect people to training, education, employment and community engagement opportunities.