Affordable housing development underway in Cygnet

Wednesday 16 August 2023

The Anglican Parish of Channel & Cygnet and Centacare Evolve Housing have begun work on a new affordable housing development on land behind St Mark’s Anglican Church in Cygnet.

The previously underutilised land will be developed into a mixed housing development of 31 dwellings of various sizes.

“The numbers of people facing housing instability and homelessness continue to rise across Tasmania,” says the Rt Revd Dr Richard Condie, Bishop of Tasmania.

“More housing is needed in both urban centres and rural towns, and we are pleased to use this land to develop housing that will meet some of the needs within the Cygnet and wider Huon Valley communities. It is our hope that the development will alleviate some of the housing pressure in the Huon Valley.”

All dwellings are designed to be fully accessible, sustainable and energy efficient.

Revd Ben Johnson, the Rector of the Parish of Channel & Cygnet says, “the Parish has for a long time had a vision to use this land to serve the community, so it is exciting to see that vision come to fruition. We know there are plenty of people in the area in need of housing and we hope this goes some way towards addressing that need.”

Ben Wilson, CEO Centacare Evolve Housing says, “Centacare Evolve Housing is excited to commence another development partnering with the Anglican Diocese, more specifically St Mark’s Church in Cygnet. This mixed housing development will provide 31 new homes offering housing outcomes for both social housing and private ownership. St Luke’s Church in Cygnet have held a long-term vision to develop currently underutilised land adjacent to their parish and the Archdiocese of Hobart’s housing entity, Centacare Evolve Housing, is delighted to enable the parish to bring this vision to life.

“Increased housing supply is required state-wide and the Huon Valley is no exception to this,” says Ben Wilson.

The estimated timeframe for completion is August 2024.