Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today announced the NSW Government is revitalising the public housing estate of Claymore, and releasing vacant land within the estate for affordable private housing.

The NSW Government is spending $6 million to improve existing public housing in the estate, and at the same time taking real steps to decrease the concentration of disadvantage by opening up vacant land within the estate to private investment.

“In the 1960’s and 1970’s when estates like Claymore were built, they mainly helped working families to get on their feet with a temporary, low-cost home. Today, with more than 90% of public housing tenants relying on welfare, we are inviting working families back in to help transform the area,” Ms Goward said.

“The Government is taking a two-pronged approach to transform Claymore.  We are investing $6 million in improvements to existing properties, as well as releasing 200 blocks of land for young families and first home owners to get a start on the property ladder.  The proceeds from the land sales will go straight back into the public housing system.”

“The NSW Government’s investment in removing car ports, revitalising properties, and closing laneways where antisocial behaviour occurs, will improve the safety and security of residents, as well as helping to foster a sense of pride in the local community,” Ms Goward said.

“This redevelopment shows the O’Farrell Government is getting on with the job of fixing Labor’s neglect of south-western Sydney.   This announcement is great for the residents of Claymore who will see improvements in their streets, but also for young families who are looking for affordable blocks of land to build their first homes,” Member for Campbelltown, Bryan Doyle said.

The Claymore renewal plans include new road connections to service the area and a new park for the enjoyment of all Claymore residents, with UrbanGrowth NSW seeking community input for the design of the park.

A development application will soon be lodged with Campbelltown City Council to see stages one and two prepared for sale. Local residents will be invited to comment and offer their contributions over the exhibition period into what will be an exciting new chapter for their community.

Pru Goward

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