Griffith City Council’s $12 million Affordable Housing Project, in partnership with the Australian Government and Argyle Housing, will reach a construction milestone with an upcoming sod turning.

Ground will be broken on Tuesday 25 January 2022, marking the commencement of the construction of 20 townhouses adjacent to Walla Avenue.

Stage 1 (a) civil works are nearing completion with the sealing of the new road underway and the detailed design for Stage 2 works receiving Development Assessment approval late last year.

Griffith Mayor, Doug Curran, said Council is committed to providing affordable housing for residents and the sod turning marks an important milestone for the project.

“This partnership with the Australian Government and Argyle Housing is just one demonstration of working with Government and Non-Government Organisations to address the needs of our community,” Mayor Curran said.

“The sod turning marks the commencement of this important development, with the construction of 20 affordable townhouses to help address the housing shortage for our community.

“In addition, the availability of more than 40 build-ready lots will provide affordable housing options and a way to enter the competitive home ownership market in Griffith.”

Council and Argyle Housing have committed to providing residents with new playground equipment, a basketball court, and a large open green space within Dave Taylor Park with consultation sessions being held over the last couple of months, and a new Community Hub will also be constructed by Argyle Housing.

Griffin Green has been funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund ($6 million), Griffith City Council ($3 million), and Argyle Housing ($3 million).

Argyle Housing Relieving CEO, Carolyn Doherty, said Argyle Housing is excited to achieve this milestone in it’s partnership with Griffith City Council.

“This development not only reflects the innovation that can be achieved in regional areas through partnerships with local government, but demonstrates the importance and impact of Australian Government’s investment into housing and economic outcomes in areas of regional growth,” Ms Doherty said.

“The Griffin Green development represents an opportunity for 20 families to access affordable housing, to remain in Griffith and continue to add value to the community and local economy.”

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