Two CHL developments in Launceston are proving themselves to be well-established assets for the city’s social fabric in Tasmania.  Thyne House, located in the CBD on York Street, and Thistle Street in South Launceston have been in operation for more than 12 months and are working in collaboration with Anglicare Tasmania who are providing tenant support services for the different tenant groups at these properties.

Thyne House

This innovative housing development for young adults is operating at full capacity and has taken its place as one of Launceston’s long term housing resources for young people.   The heritage-listed and fully renovated ‘Thyne House’ is a key piece on infrastructure in Launceston’s youth precinct and is located close to Launceston College and other educational facilities. Funded via Housing Tasmania and the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Package, CHL designed and renovated the $6 million York Street development and now maintains the building and manages the tenancies.

“Community housing projects that cater directly for young adults are not common around Australia and Thyne House is therefore on the leading edge of the community housing model,” says CHL’s Managing Director, Steve Bevington.

“There are numerous reasons why establishing a stable environment for young people must be done with thoroughness and a lot of care.  Thyne House offers the stability and support that young people need in order to make good choices as they start their adult lives.”

The 30 self-contained one bedroom and studio units (with a kitchen and en-suite) provide accommodation for tenants aged between 18 to 25 years old.

In addition, Thyne House has a caretaker’s cottage that is used as the front office and on-site manager’s accommodation.  The main building includes a communal kitchen and dining area, a common lounge area, and laundry, as well as rooms for on-site training and education.  The building is characterised by numerous outdoor spaces, gardens, and terraces that allow natural light into many of the living and working areas.

Thyne House offers long-term, secure, affordable tenancies to young people who are looking to complete their education or who are in training or apprenticeships.

Thistle Street

The Thistle Street property has 19 units including three studio units, 12 one-bedroom, and four two-bedroom units. Each unit is self contained and includes its own kitchen, although the flexible design allows some units to be joined to create two or even four bedroom accommodation.  The property also has a range of communal areas, including a common kitchen and dining facilities, common BBQ and garden areas, as well as a shared laundry.

“This is a high quality renovation on a site that is centrally located just south of the city and close to a broad range of services and public transport,” says CHL State Manager – Tasmania, Brett Wake.  “The property has a live-in manager, as well as a tenancy worker who are both located on site.”

The Thistle Street property provides long term accommodation to a range of people, including some who have previously experienced homelessness and a small number of people who have support needs.

“Tenants are selected based on their ability to live independently in this type of environment.  Residents are required to sign a tenancy agreement, pay rent and be good neighbours,” says Mr. Wake.

Anglicare Tasmania provides the tenancy support services and training programs for tenants in both developments.  This includes additional support due to risk factors such as homelessness which is an area that Anglicare Tasmania has strong experience and expertise in managing.

“Anglicare Tasmania provides residents with opportunities to undertake activities and participate in the local community,” says Mr. Wake.  “Evidence clearly shows that such models work best when the resident feels valued and has a sense of ownership of where they live.”

The services provided by Anglicare Tasmania in combination with CHL’s housing and tenancy management expertise are providing a well-supported and consistent platform for tenant’s lives.  Affordable accommodation and appropriate support ensure that tenants learn the value of community and the importance of finding their place within the community where they can play a productive role.”

CHL is currently one of two providers of community housing in Tasmania, and to date has completed the construction of 100 properties along the State’s north coast over the last two years, which includes Launceston, Burnie, Latrobe, and Ulverstone.


For more information contact: Preeti Daga t   0430 555 241   e preeti.daga@chl.org.au


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