More public housing for Launceston

FORTY-SIX public houses will be built in Launceston's northern suburbs over the next four years.

The state government will release 200 plots of land and about 4000 public housing properties statewide to several community housing organisations to be managed under its Better Housing Futures scheme.

Community Housing Ltd, will mange Housing Tasmania tenancies at Ravenswood, Waverley, Rocherlea, Mayfield and Mowbray from July 1 on a 10-year contract.

Community Housing Ltd Tasmania and Victoria manager Brett Wake said 1196 tenants in the five suburbs could either remain public housing tenants or switch to the company.

Mr Wake said tenants who changed would pay the same amount of rent but receive greater benefits.

"If they move over to us we will be able to provide better upgrades to their housing and possible renovations," he said at a Ravenswood information session yesterday.

"Because we are not a government agency, as one of our tenants, they are eligible Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

"They will be paying exactly what they are paying now but we are able to capture that income and that is what goes back into providing better housing and maintenance services."

Mr Wake said his company would collect money for Housing Tasmania should tenants not want to change.

He said Community Housing Ltd was waiting on property condition reports from the state government.

"We will probably do a review ourselves and then within the first six months we will put an asset strategy together," he said.

"We will be trying to engage the community in developing some master plans for suburbs and that will include things like land care or streetscape projects but also some brand new housing on some of the land that has been transferred."

Similar sessions will be held at Rocherlea's King Billy Park tomorrow and Mayfield's Torrens Street Park on Wednesday, March 5 - both from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

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