Progress group and ULDA find accomodation at My Place

ULDA’s chief executive Paul Eagles (right) and planning manager Simon Banfield.
ULDA’s chief executive Paul Eagles (right) and planning manager Simon Banfield.

REPRESENTATIVES from the Urban Land Development Authority were in Blackwater on Friday for a meeting with the Blackwater Community Progress Group about town development and specifically the My Place program, which is set to offer home ownership to lower income earners.

ULDA chief executive Paul Eagles and planning manager Simon Banfield said the BCPG had expressed an interest in the program and had agreed to spread the message among members via word of mouth.

Signs are still scattered around town advising residents to reject the ULDA's proposal for more camps but, more recently, BCPG chairman Kev Cracknell expressed an interest in working closely with the authority for the benefit of Blackwater.

"The (BCPG) has been very supportive because they see that the My Place program is offering what they are on about, which is encouraging home ownership in town," Mr Eagles said.

The ULDA's My Place program will offer those with household incomes of less than $105,000 the opportunity to go into a ballot to purchase house and land packages.

Mr Eagles said the first packages offered in Blackwater would be five units set aside in the Aurora Close townhouse project and from there the project would continue to be rolled out in stages.

"What we're stressing to people, because this is a rolling program, even (if) now isn't the right time for you to buy… stay on the program, look forward to when you are able to… just stay involved," Mr Eagles said.

"When Bauman Way comes on, every three or four months we'll have a release of a new product.

"Some households who are struggling in these areas and can't afford housing are probably in the mindset that they'll always rent and never be able to buy, and they haven't got into the habit of knowing a bank manager, getting a savings program or getting a deposit.

"What we offer through the My Place program is that this will happen over time, it's not a one-off group."

He said he was personally disappointed about the delays in the

residential development of Bauman Way.

"We lost about three months there and this happens in development," Mr Eagles said.

"There was a large water main through the site where the old records just weren't available when we designed it."

He said the new plan had been approved and the target was now to be on the ground before the end of the first quarter next year.

To get involved with My Place or for more information head to the website

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