New plan for affordable housing in Tasmania

Concept design for the Centacare Evolve Housing homes in Bridgewater, Tasmania (Holmes Dyer)

A large block of land north of Hobart will be converted into a new housing estate to help alleviate the strains of Tasmania’s housing crisis. Source: The Mercury.

A new proposal from Centacare Evolve Housing will involve 27 new homes being built in Bridgewater. More than 9000 square metres of land will be converted into both single and double-storey designs of either two or three-bedroom dwellings.

They will be a mix of 20 social housing homes and seven private owner-occupied homes.

Centacare Evolve Housing is a not-for-profit housing and service provider formed through a joint venture between CatholicCare Tasmania and Evolve Housing.

The Tasmanian Government selected Centacare to manage Housing Tasmania properties in the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsman’s Cove communities under the Better Housing Futures Program.

“The proposed housing product will accommodate those with modest incomes looking to enter the home ownership market,” the development application says.

“The size of the dwellings is appropriate for a range of households including young couples, singles, small families and those in the older age brackets looking to downsize but stay within the local area.”

The site was identified as a priority under the Bridgewater Gagebrook Master Plan, which was developed to underpin Centacare’s housing strategy.

According to the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy, Brighton is expected to see 15 per cent of the state’s growth to the year 2035 and will need about 2000 new homes to accommodate its new residents.

The development application is currently before Brighton Council.


A new proposal from Centacare will see 27 new homes built in Bridgewater (The Mercury)

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