Couple welcome $20,000 boost
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.