UnitingSA has welcomed the State Government’s historic housing announcements this week including its record land releases and its public housing commitment.

The Peter Malinauskas government rolled out several key housing plans as part of a much needed response to SA’s housing crisis, including the largest ever land release to build 27,500 homes, and the construction of 564 new public housing properties and the cancelation of the sale of a further 580.

SA’s Planning Minister Nick Champion, Premier Peter Malinauskas, Human Services Minister Nat Cook and Treasurer Stephen Mullighan (Image: ABC News)

These key announcements were followed by a commitment to stop rent bidding and a plan to build 30 new homes in regional areas for frontline workers.

The Federal Government added to this week’s housing news by revealing five new housing projects across the metropolitan area as part of the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund.

UnitingSA CEO Jenny Hall said the announcements were significant.

“It’s pleasing to see both levels of Government make real commitments to help answer the ongoing housing crisis.”

“We now look forward to seeing more detail throughout the planning process to ensure these new land releases respond to the housing affordability crisis and help people in greatest need,” Ms Hall said.

“There are significant challenges in building appropriate infrastructure to support population booms in these areas, to ensure they develop into thriving communities with access to appropriate services and support, and this needs to be considered.”

“As a leading community housing provider, UnitingSA would now welcome the opportunity to partner with Government to build and retain properties within these communities to cater for South Australians facing housing stress.

UnitingSA recently announced it would build a $15 million, four storey housing development in Prospect offering 40 housing outcomes – including more than 30 rental properties earmarked as affordable, social and disability rentals. It is expected to be completed by mid-2024.

As the lead agency in the Adelaide North West Housing Alliance (ANWHA), UnitingSA also recently announced the launch of Peppertree Place – a group of eight units which will help house homeless families who would otherwise be forced to live in emergency hotel accommodation.

“UnitingSA will continue to do everything it can to help solve the State’s housing crisis, and looks forward to partnering with Government and stakeholders into the future.”

For further information:

Gail Heritage,
Media and Communications Lead
P. 0466 419 528
E. gheritage@unitingsa.com.au