Fin­ley teacher housing de­vel­op­ment com­pleted

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

A $650,000 housing de­vel­op­ment project for Fin­ley based teach­ers is now com­plete.

The new flex­i­ble de­sign ac­com­mo­da­tion at 63 Wol­la­mai St has been pur­pose-built for teach­ers and can be con­verted into ei­ther two two-bed­room units, or one three-bed­room unit and one sin­gle bed­room unit.

Funded by the NSW Gov­ern­ment, the new units re­place ‘‘old stock’’ and are con­sid­ered im­por­tant to at­tract and re­tain teach­ers.

Fin­ley High School principal He­len McRae said she be­lieves two teach­ers have al­ready re­lo­cated to the units from the older style units al­ready avail­able in the town.

‘‘We can now of­fer qual­ity, mod­ern ac­com­mo­da­tion to our teach­ers.

‘‘We al­ready have some good housing, but it is a lit­tle out­dated and these units are ul­tra-mod­ern.

‘‘This de­vel­op­ment will help us at­tract peo­ple to live and teach in Fin­ley, and to keep them here.

‘‘The teach­ers can live in Fin­ley rather than other towns, so our lo­cal teach­ers can be part of the com­mu­nity.’’

Fin­ley Public School principal Derek Nof­fke said in ad­di­tion to the new units, the NSW Gov­ern­ment is also un­der­tak­ing an up­grade of all other teacher housing in the Fin­ley re­gion.

He said this would be an in­cen­tive for teach­ers to pur­sue a ca­reer in the South­ern Rive­rina.

‘‘These new units are a great fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity in try­ing to en­cour­age teach­ers to our re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘That is turn can only help learn­ing out­comes.’’

Prop­erty NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Brett New­man said the new units are specif­i­cally de­signed to pro­vide more housing for teach­ers at Fin­ley’s three schools.

‘‘In many ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas there is limited ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able in the rental mar­ket and what is avail­able of­ten fails to meet the needs of teach­ers and their fam­i­lies,” Mr New­man said.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Adrian Pic­coli said last week the homes would pro­vide added com­fort to lo­cal teach­ers.

He also said the con­struc­tion had ben­e­fited lo­cal busi­nesses, with lo­cal trades sup­ply­ing a num­ber of prod­ucts and ser­vices.

The de­vel­op­ment project was first an­nounced in Jan­uary this year.

One of the com­pleted teacher housing units built in Wol­la­mai St, Fin­ley.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.