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Media Release

Wentworth leads Expo to increase smaller and more affordable homes in Penrith, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains

Wentworth Community Housing, in partnership with Heading Home and support from Blue Mountains City Council, is hosting the inaugural Garden Flat Expo from 10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 10 November at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub in Springwood.

With NSW experiencing an increase of 37% in homelessness – the highest increase of any State or Territory in Australia – according to the ABS Census data released on 15 March, the Expo has been conceived with the aim to increase low-cost permanent housing across Western Sydney.  

“Many singles and couples, including older people, are looking for smaller and more affordable homes in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith,” said CEO of Wentworth, Stephen McIntyre. “We’re always doing our best to broker partnerships that can help house people as well as alleviate homelessness across the Nepean and Blue Mountains district.”   

The idea of the Expo is to make it easy for homeowners and investors to explore how they can benefit financially from an investment in garden flats at the same time as making a real change in their communities.

“Small garden flats of around 20-25m2 are far more affordable to build than large 60m2 granny flats as they are around half the price. The Garden Flat Expo will bring all the experts people will need to consult in deciding if building a garden flat in their backyard is the best option for them,” Mr McIntyre said.

Stalls will include council town planners, bushfire consultants, mortgage brokers, banks, and builders. There will also be information sessions run by experts at investment opportunities and building in bushfire zones.

“We want the Expo to cover everything curious homeowners need to understand and get started with their own garden flat.”

Still according to Mr McIntyre, another unique aspect of the Expo is to offer an opportunity for homeowners to be part of the solution to homelessness.

“We will have a limited number of incentive packages for homeowners who are willing to offer their garden flat to someone facing homelessness. We’ll nominate a suitable tenant to go into the property, with the owners’ consent, and provide tenancy management for free, support the tenant, and financially cover vacancies over a two to three-year period. The investor is guaranteed a $150 per week/$7,800 annual rental return from Wentworth.”

Contacts for interviews and media enquiries:

Andreza Ireland
e: andreza.ireland@wentoworth.org.au
ph: 4777 8096
mob: 0402 813 707

Melissa Grah-McIntosh
e: melissag@wentworth.org.au
mob: 0439 790 491

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