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HOUSING NSW is urgently seeking builders, developers, landowners - anyone interested in providing $1.95 billion worth of public housing.

Some of that money is certain to be spent on the Coffs Coast, probably in Coffs Harbour, which has been identified as a regional growth area under the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy.

Housing NSW will host an information session at the Coffs Ex-Services Club at 10.30am on Thursday for the construction industry and other interested people.

Time is short for expressions of interest - tenders close on April 9 and 75 per cent of the money has to be spent by December 2010.

The influx of money, which is being welcomed by the building and development industries, is predicted to create a wave of social housing construction on a scale not seen since the 1980s, but with developments much more widely scattered.

The NSW Minister for Housing, David Borger, said they were looking at buying projects under construction or completed developments that would suit social housing, as well as land with potential for residential development and land with a DA approved.

“We are interested in small to medium sized developments of ideally six to 20 properties, but are happy to look at larger complexes of up to 50 properties,” Mr Borger said.

“If the project meets our needs we'll buy it.”

A spokesman for Housing NSW said because of the scale of the plan, which means 9000 new homes in the next three years, the Department had no hope of meeting the target without help from the private sector.

A spokesman for the development industry said the property sector had been struggling for some time, with developments on hold as they waited for new State planning strategies to be completed and this would provide some relief for the industry.

Further information is available at www.housing.nsw.gov.au where visitors will find a briefing, questions and answers and a link to the e-commerce site for tendering. The e-commerce website is https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/nsw/



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