Community Housing Ltd (CHL), together with project partner Bega Eco Neighbourhood Development Inc, has launched a highly innovative ecologically sustainable ten unit development in Bega NSW.
Famous for its cheese, the Bega township can now point to another world-class product developed with heavy input from the local community.
The development, which is known as the Bega Eco Neighbourhood Development (BEND), is built on an environmentally sensitive sub-division adjacent to and above the river flats on the north edge of the Bega township.
CHL has constructed ten dwellings along the north facing slope that has views over the river flats. The organisation had to comply with stringent development guidelines which include setbacks, car parking areas and services infrastructure.
In addition to being a highly energy and water efficient property, BEND also has a pedestrian route leading to the town centre, which is close enough to allow residents to walk to shops and other local services, minimising car use.
“These are quality built, environmentally sustainable affordable homes that offer a wonderful new living environment to the tenants,” says Steve Bevington, CHL’s Managing Director. “These homes will be a long term resource for the Bega community that will add to the level of much needed affordable housing stock in the area.”
In addition to constructing the properties, CHL will also be responsible for property and tenancy management. As tenants join the neighbourhood, they are required to join the BEST (Bega Ecological and Sustainable Tenancies) in a co-operative style arrangement to decide on such issues as future tenant selection, participation in work bees to maintain communal open space, collective decision making, and supporting the environmental principles upon which BEND has been developed.
The $2.5 million development was funded through a combination of State and Federal Government funds, a contribution by CHL, and a 10% commitment from BEND Inc. who are raising funds mainly through donations from the local community.
“This is another example of the effective local partnerships that CHL engages in to help build the stock of affordable housing across the State,” says Mr. Bevington. We look forward to many more partnerships like this in the future.
ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE DESIGN FEATURES
The CHL designed and constructed units have a wide range of features that set international benchmarks for Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) in affordable housing:
Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its mission is ‘to provide affordable and sustainable housing for all’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and most recently India. CHL provides an end-to-end integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.
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