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Carlingford Development

We'll be using this page to communicate with our Carlingford neighbours about our proposed community housing project.

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Welcome

We strongly believe our housing project has many long-term benefits for both the local Carlingford community and the broader City of Parramatta Local Government Area. It will provide much needed access to affordable and secure housing for seniors and families, who we know experience rental stress and who will experience benefits for their independence and overall wellbeing.

It is important for us that our neighbours and local community are well informed of our plans and appreciate your feedback regarding our development application recently lodged with Council.

Please check back regularly, as we will update this webpage as more details become available.

About the Proposed Development

To address the evolving need for more affordable housing in in the local area, BaptistCare has submitted a proposal to the City of Parramatta for a new community housing development at 264-268 Pennant Hills Road Carlingford, at the corner of Martins Lane.

This site was most recently the home of BaptistCare Yallambi, Waldock and Hayfield Court aged care centres, as well as the Hayfield Retirement Village and Willmette Cottage for overnight respite care, which were decommissioned in early 2017.

Our proposed development on the site comprises 162 units in total, providing affordable housing for seniors over the age of 55 and families facing disadvantage.

  • 99 units will be made available for eligible seniors in need of housing support. These units will be home to a mix of seniors who are on a pension, as well as seniors still in the workforce but on low to moderate incomes.
  • 63 units will be made available for eligible families. This will include a mix of families who are working with low incomes or who are unemployed but with a goal of securing employment.
  • It is envisaged that this housing for those on low to moderate incomes might be occupied by key workers such as child care workers, police officers, health workers, teachers, or nurses all of whom provide essential services.
  • Those disadvantaged families seeking employment will be supported and encouraged to undertake a program of training to build their capacity to engage in paid employment with a goal of entering the workforce and gaining economic independence, including successfully transitioning out to private rental market.

Why Community Housing?

We know that many social and emotional issues can stem from, or be exacerbated by, not having a safe place to call home. We are privileged to be in a position to provide additional affordable housing supply and our site in Carlingford is ideally located given it is well-serviced by public transport and close to jobs, facilities and amenities.

According to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, affordable, safe and reliable housing is now more critical than ever as people face financial stress and job uncertainty, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our experience shows that a lack of affordable, appropriate housing leads to greater disadvantage and impacts people’s health and overall wellbeing.

Our approach to affordable community housing goes beyond providing a roof over people’s heads. Our housing is actively managed by BaptistCare staff and will be integrated with our suite of services, such as home care services and community services, to foster the wellbeing and independence of our residents.

You can learn more about BaptistCare’s approach to community housing here: Video

About BaptistCare

As a leading not-for-profit community care organisation, BaptistCare provides practical care to the community through four main services, consisting of housing and retirement living, residential aged care, community services and home services.

BaptistCare has been supporting seniors and families facing disadvantage in the local community for more than 70 years.

In fact, our Carlingford site was the birthplace of our very first aged care centre – or Elderly Ladies Home as it was then known – back in 1953.

BaptistCare is a registered Community Housing Provider and we are committed to continuing our support of the Carlingford community by ensuring everyone has access to secure and affordable housing.

Next Steps

Our development application will be assessed by Council and considered by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

There will be an opportunity for the community to provide formal feedback through that process, and we will update this page as the development application and project proceeds.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this development application, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

David Cowdery – General Manager Property
E: cdevelopment@baptistcare.org.au
M: 9023 2500

If you have any questions about our Community Housing, please also be in touch.

Mike Furner - General Manager Housing and Retirement Living
E communityhousing@baptistcare.org.au
M: 0418 970 780

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