South Australia

Landmark housing development in Adelaide officially opens

A LANDMARK housing development that aims to provide South Australians with affordable home ownership, private rental and public housing as well as street-level retail outlets officially opened last week.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, Federal Housing and Homelessness Minister Mark Butler and South Australian Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo joined together to open UNO Apartments, an award-winning 17-storey apartment building at 102 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.

"Bringing people into the city to live is critical to making our city a vibrant place that people want to spend time enjoying," Mr Weatherill said, adding that UNO Apartments offers a range of housing that will bring together a diverse mix of people into a community.

Mr Weatherill said that affordable home-ownership and private rental, public housing and general market housing are all available in the one building, in addition to ground floor retail outlets and central spaces such as balconies and community gardens for residents to gather and meet.

"These apartments represent a new approach to creating sustainable mixed communities and they will be a fantastic example of a modern, urban community, where an interesting, diverse mix of people will all feel safe and welcome," the Premier said.

Mr Butler said the Federal Government contributed more than $48 million for the construction of the project, which is the first of its kind in Adelaide.

"This is the first time our city has seen one development which brings together a combination of affordable home ownership, affordable private rental, public housing and a homelessness service."

Mr Piccolo said UNO Apartments would help the government to continue to provide tangible, long-term solutions to the complex issue of homelessness.

"This development will help to address some of the underlying issues that cause homelessness and reduce the isolation felt by many people previously shut out of the housing market," Mr Piccolo said.

The property and tenancy manager, Urban Communities, provides an on-site place manager who helps to integrate the building's diverse residents with each other and their local community. Thirty apartments are dedicated to the youth homelessness service Youth110, which is run by St John's Youth Services.

"A recent Productivity Commission report showed that South Australia leads the country in providing solutions to recurring homelessness," Mr Piccolo said.

"Over the 2011/12, period, South Australia had the lowest rate of homeless clients with more than one period of homelessness anywhere in the nation. This was also the case among homeless Indigenous clients.

"These encouraging figures are a result of the Government devoting more money and resources toward addressing this issue than any other state and our commitment to this new integrated urban village is further evidence of this," the Minister said.

UNO Apartments has won a number of awards including the Best High Density Housing Award and the President's Award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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