The Bonnyrigg Living Communities project, Australia’s first social-housing public-private partnership project, was aimed at developing new social and private housing by redesigning, renewing and reinvigorating the 81-hectare public-housing estate at Bonnyrigg.
In 2015, the state government ended the partnership because the developer, Becton Property Group, was in receivership.
Landcom took over. St George Community Housing is managing tenancy for the estate’s social-housing residents and looking after property maintenance, community programs and activities at Newleaf at Bonnyrigg. St George is the first community housing provider in Australia managing all these types of services on a large estate in one place.
Stages 1 to 3 of the estate have been completed and have a mix of social and private housing, including 152 social and 211 private properties. The landowner, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, is committed to completing construction of the homes in stages 4 to 7 and has engaged Landcom to do this at Newleaf. Stage 4 housing construction is progressing well and Landcom expects the first homes to be occupied about now. Stage 5 building starts soon.
For safety, several roads are closed or limited to building traffic. Landcom plans to open up Newleaf Parade to traffic and pedestrians around June.
The DA for stages 6a and 7 is progressing and is being reviewed by Fairfield Council for building 161 homes.
Landcom hopes to have consent around June to enable road building to start this year. Tenants living in homes in stage 7 on Stubbs, Bean and Kain places are moving out and Landcom will demolish these homes soon.
Landcom is working with Fairfield Council and the Land and Housing Corporation on the design of a future community hub. They expect this hub to be on the vacant land next to the Newleaf Communities office. Plans available around June.
- Project website: landcom.com.au/newleaf.