Coonamble and Condobolin to get 'flexible design' teacher housing

BUILDING A WORKFORCE: State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has announced new flexible design teacher housing for Coonamble and Condobolin. Photo: File

BUILDING A WORKFORCE: State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has announced new flexible design teacher housing for Coonamble and Condobolin. Photo: File

The construction of new “flexible design accommodation” at  Coonamble and Condobolin aims to attract and retain teachers.

State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced the projects that are expected to be completed this financial year.

“In many areas there is limited accommodation available in the rental market and what is available often fails to meet the needs of teachers and their families,” he said.

“Flexible housing allows the premises to be reconfigured according to teacher requirements and demand.”

In Coonamble the new building will be able to be converted to a three-bedroom unit and a two-bedroom unit or a four-bedroom unit and a one-bedroom unit. 

The Condobolin building will become either two two-bedroom units or a three-bedroom unit and a one-bedroom unit. 

Coonamble High School principal Margaret Mulcahy said the accommodation facilities provided by the  Teacher Housing Authority made her work and that of her staff “easier”.

“When teachers are comfortable and well supported, it allows them to focus on achieving great outcomes for students,” she said.

Mr Humphries reported that the state government had already invested more than $28 million in 90 new teacher residences since 2011.

Last financial year alone $4.7 million was invested in new residences, including architecturally flexible accommodation in Brewarrina, Coonamble and Wilcannia, he said.

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