Cou­ple wel­come $20,000 boost

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - EMILY BAKER

NEW­LY­WEDS Claire and Stu­art Mar­tin are ex­cit­edly wait­ing to move into their new home — a Black­mans Bay prop­erty they can fi­nally call their own.

The Ho­bart cou­ple, who are cur­rently rent­ing, yes­ter­day cred­ited the Gov­ern­ment’s first home builders grant for al­low­ing them to build their dream home.

“Build­ing a house is not nec­es­sar­ily the cheap­est thing go­ing around, so the abil­ity to have that ex­tra $20,000 cer­tainly helped when it came to eval­u­at­ing about buy­ing and build­ing,” Mr Mar­tin said.

“It’s the dif­fer­ence between kit­ting out your kitchen with nicer fin­ishes or adding an ex­tra bed­room or some­thing like that. It’s hard to put one thing within the house, but it means we can move in and have a nice house right away rather than mov­ing in and hav­ing bits miss­ing.”

The Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day tabled leg­is­la­tion to amend the First Home Owner Grant to ex­tend the $20,000 grant for el­i­gi­ble first-home buy­ers who buy a newly con­structed home or build a new home of their own.

Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Min­is­ter Sarah Courtney said the extension com­ple­mented other in­cen­tives and ini­tia­tives aimed at ad­dress­ing hous­ing stress in Tas­ma­nia.

“We know in times such as now when there is a lot of de­mand on hous­ing, mech­a­nisms such as this to in­crease hous­ing sup­ply are im­por­tant,” Ms Courtney said.

“This works well with the other poli­cies of the Gov­ern­ment, such as the fact we’ve seen in this Bud­get $10 mil­lion brought for­ward into af­ford­able and so­cial hous­ing.

“This means in the com­ing year we have $68 mil­lion at­trib­ut­able to so­cial and af­ford­able hous­ing.”

Ex­tend­ing the grant to June 30, 2020, would cost about $10 mil­lion, Ms Courtney said.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Roger Jaensch also tabled an “in­dica­tive pro­gram of tenders” show­ing the Gov­ern­ment would ten­der to build about 262 so­cial hous­ing units in 2019.

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