Trinity Hill boosting education as well as housing

A construction project to provide homes and training for disadvantaged young Tasmanians is serving a second valuable purpose.

Local school children have joined an archaeological dig at the Trinity Hill site in North Hobart.

The 46-unit Trinity Hill project in the heart of Hobart is one of our most exciting public housing opportunities in decades.

It builds on unprecedented achievements in public and affordable housing and is a fantastic opportunity to help turn young lives around and make our community more inclusive and supportive.

Students from the Hobart Home School Co-operative had great fun uncovering part of Hobart's past as part of the archaeological investigations at the Trinity Hill site.

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.

The dig has already discovered a coin dated 1799 and items from the nineteenth century.

The finished project will provide independent and supported accommodation for 46 young people on low incomes, including 16 for people with a disability.

The Tasmanian Government's already delivered more than 1,550 affordable new homes for vulnerable and low-income Tasmanians over the past four years, through the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

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

The $14 million Trinity Hill project also delivers on the Government's economic commitments, by creating more than 100 direct and indirect jobs, and injecting about $34 million into the economy.

7 November 2013