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Next step forward for Hobart housing project

A MAJOR project to provide homes and training for young people on low incomes has moved a step closer in Hobart.

The development application for the $14 million Trinity Hill Accommodation and Training Centre redevelopment was recently lodged with the Hobart City Council.

The centre in North Hobart will offer independent and supported accommodation for 46 young people on low incomes, including 16 for people with a disability.

The Human Services Minister, Cassy O’Connor, said Trinity Hill was one of Tasmania’s most exciting public housing opportunities in decades.

“As a wealthy society, there can be nothing more important than supporting and extending opportunities to people who are vulnerable or disadvantaged,” Ms O’Connor said.

“Trinity Hill will combine modern homes with training opportunities for young Tasmanians in need and at risk of homelessness,” she said.

“This is truly a fantastic opportunity to help turn lives around and make our community more fair and supportive.”

The Tasmanian Government has already delivered more than 1550 affordable new jobs for vulnerable and low-income Tasmanians over the past four years through the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

The waiting list for public housing was reduced by almost 14 per cent in the year to June 2013.

The Trinity Hill project will also deliver on the government’s commitment to create and grow the economy.

“Trinity Hill will create more than 100 direct and indirect jobs and deliver about $34 million of economic activity,” Ms O’Connor said.

“Trinity Hill was one of Hobart’s first primary schools. It has a rich cultural heritage that will be protected in the site’s redevelopment,” she said.

Hobart City Council is advertising the planning application, which gives Tasmanians a detailed look into the proposed redevelopment.

The application can be viewed the Hobart City Council Service Centre at 16 Elizabeth Street.

The plans can also be downloaded from the Council website, or the Housing Tasmanian website: http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/housing/about/major_capital_projects/trinity_hill

There has already been consultation during the design phase with neighbours and groups that might run the complex and provide support services.

The Tasmanian firms Heffernan Button Voss Architects and Carroll & Cockburn Architects have designed a best-practice energy efficient and environmentally sensitive proposal.

Once approved, the redevelopment’s expected to take around 18 months.

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