Gunnedah Shire Council is set to receive a $202,500 funding boost from the NSW government for housing planning, with the potential to unlock 1000 new homes by 2040.

The funding, which the council will co-contribute to, will support a new Development Control Plan, a Section 7.12 Local Contributions Plan, water supply and sewer network capacity assessments and new Development Services Plans for water and sewerage infrastructure.

The renewed plans will support and streamline future project delivery and accelerate developments, with the potential to support up to 1000 new homes in the region by 2040.

This second round of grant funding is from the government’s Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund and will deliver a total of $2.93 million in grants of up to $250,000 to 16 councils from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, supporting a total of up to 23,769 potential new homes.

Councils will use the funds to accelerate new housing strategies, prepare infrastructure and servicing plans, and amend local environmental plans to bring forward delivery of more diverse and affordable housing supply.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said: “This is about empowering councils to undertake vital efforts to speed up housing delivery.

“It will help deliver the important planning work needed to boost housing supply, affordability, and diversity and support growing regional communities.

“We are focused on better coordinating housing and infrastructure delivery across the state, while making sure regional homes are ready for the hazards of the future.”

Member of the Legislative Council Anthony D’Adam said: “This funding is great news for the Gunnedah community, with this project laying the groundwork for the continued development of homes and important infrastructure.

“By linking these plans, we’re maximising efficiency and ultimately saving resources and delivering better value for everyone.

“This project will pave the way for more families to call Gunnedah home, strengthening this community and boosting the local economy.”

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