Council & City

Social housing development

Some of our social housing tenants will be getting a great new year's gift – with news they have a brand-new home.

Photo shows aerial view of the new social housing units at Papaioea Place.

The first of Council's new social housing units at Papaioea Place.

This year we’re building 20 new units at Papaioea Place. They’ll be finished around March 2020.

The 20 new units form the second part of our Stage 1 development at the site.

In March 2019, we opened the first 30 new homes.

The properties are open plan, eco-friendly and future proofed for any potential mobility or agility needs. They’re also double glazed and well insulated, securing 4-star Lifemark certification.

In 2020-21 we’ll be adding another 28 units to the site, taking the entire complex to 78 units. We’re hoping to start construction in March 2020 and complete the project in early 2021.


  • Stage 1 (50 units) $7.6 million incl. GST
  • Stage 2 (28 units) $5.9 million incl. GST

The big picture

We want to ensure a healthy community where everyone has access to healthy, safe and affordable housing and neighbourhoods. The Council provides warm, safe and affordable housing to people on low incomes who are superannuitants, have long-term disabilities, or experience barriers to renting in the private market.

This project forms part of the following four Council plans.