Wollongbar Sports Field temporary housing village
A temporary housing village has been established at the Wollongbar Sports Field for local residents who cannot return home because of flood damage.
About the site
The Wollongbar site is located at the Wollongbar Sports Field on Council owned land.
The site hosts 107 dwellings, housing up to 336 people. This includes caravans and pods ranging in size from studio to 4 bedroom.
Construction commenced in May 2022 and became operational soon after with the first Minderoo pods arriving on site. The site was completed in March 2023.
Housing units will be available for residents for up to 2 years, with additional time needed for construction and decommissioning. The time spent in the village will depend on the housing needs of each resident while they find and settle back into long-term housing. This will allow time for rebuilding homes, moving, or finding a rental property.
A requirement of the leasing agreement is that the site is rehabilitated to its prior use at the end of occupation, and as agreed with Council as the landowner.
The village is managed by North Coast Community Housing.
Utilities and site services
The site includes utilities such as:
- garbage collection
- on-site parking.
Central BBQ facilities and shaded play areas are also available for communal use.
All residents will sign an occupancy agreement before moving into the Wollongbar village. This sets out appropriate behaviour and conduct for living in the temporary accommodation.
If someone is unable to comply with the terms of occupancy agreement, they may be required to leave the site.
The Community Housing Provider, North Coast Community Housing, is responsible for:
- the day-to-day management of the site
- resident allocations
- on-site security.
Across all sites, the Community Housing Provider works closely with local Recovery Support Services (RSS) to provide support for residents, including:
- mental and physical health
- financial support
- options for returning to a more permanent living situation.
All housing units are cleaned before residents move in. Residents are then responsible for all ongoing cleaning of the housing unit, as it is their private home.