Green light for affordable housing project

Sr Gabrielle Morgan PBVM on the Blackmans Bay site that will be used for affordable housing (Presentation Sisters)

A block of land south of Hobart owned by the Tasmanian Presentation Sisters earmarked for conversion into an affordable housing estate has received the tick of approval for rezoning from the state’s planning body. Source: The Mercury.

By Jessica Howard, The Mercury

The Presentation Sisters have owned 3ha parcel of land in Blackmans Bay since 1929. It is currently home to the Maryknoll Retreat and Conference Centre.

The Kingborough Council last year approved a planning scheme amendment request to rezone the land at the site. The major changes made were for almost 2ha to be rezoned from low density residential to general residential and a small portion of the land to be rezoned into open space.

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has now approved the rezoning despite receiving 55 representations against the proposal.

Concerns raised included the impact on amenity through increased noise and traffic and that the council had not given sufficient notification or consultation. There were also complaints made that affordable housing was not suitable for the location. The Commission approved the amendment with no changes.

The approval paves the way for a development application to be lodged for houses at the site, in an effort the Presentation Sisters have said to help overcome the state’s housing crisis.

Congregation leader Sr Gabrielle Morgan previously said the Maryknoll site would be used to provide a range of progressive housing options for people.

The site will be developed and managed by CatholicCare Tasmania’s Centacare Evolve Housing.

CatholicCare Tasmania executive manager of housing Ben Wilson said the completed project would include a mix of private ownership, affordable housing and social housing.

“CatholicCare Tasmania’s vision of providing affordable and steady housing for Tasmanians allows us to make a tangible difference to the lives of many Tasmanians in providing them with one of life’s most basic necessities – safe, secure and affordable housing,” he said.


Maryknoll site in Blackmans Bay owned by the Presentation Sisters rezoned to general residential paving way for affordable housing (The Mercury

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