Vital housing project a step closer

Trinity Hill project

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

The Development Application for the $14 million Trinity Hill Accommodation and Training Centre redevelopment has been lodged with the Hobart City Council.

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

Trinity Hill is one of Tasmania's most exciting public housing opportunities in decades.

It will combine modern homes with training opportunities for young Tasmanians in need and at risk of homelessness.

It represents a fantastic opportunity to help turn around young lives and make our community more fair and supportive.

The Tasmanian Government has 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 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 jobs and grow the economy.

Trinity Hill will create more than 100 direct and indirect jobs, and deliver about $34 million of economic activity.

Trinity Hill was one of Hobart's first primary schools with a rich cultural heritage that will be protected in the site's redevelopment.

Hobart City Council has advertised the planning application – giving Tasmanians a detailed look at the proposed redevelopment.

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

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

There's 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.

17 October 2013