Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads temporary housing village
A temporary housing village has been established on Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads for local residents who cannot return home because of flood damage.
About the site
The site is located at 125 Tweed Street behind the Brunswick Heads Sports Fields on Council owned land.
The site hosts 58 dwellings, housing up to 192 people, and has been operational since February 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 Uniting NSW ACT.
Utilities and site design
The site was previously used as a sewage treatment plant, and has since been remediated by Byron Shire Council. Construction plans were informed by expert, independent contamination advice to ensure no contamination risks are posed to residents in the village or nearby.
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 Tweed Street 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, Uniting NSW ACT, 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.