Housing scheme finding success
A promotions group is ecstatic three buyers have already snapped up land for development, less than a month after its affordable land and house package was launched in Kaitangata.
The project, spearheaded by Kaitangata Promotions, was aimed at enticing young working couples to the town by offering an affordable housing package starting from $230,000.
Kaitangata Promotions chairman Evan Dick confirmed three sections had been sold through the scheme and building was scheduled to begin on two of the sections later in the year.
"I'm rapt with the response so far, but we want 30 houses [sold] not just three.''
However, he said it was a great start considering the group only launched the idea at the start of May.
Making development affordable for young couples was key to the group's goals.
"These young couples have got a chance to own their own house, get a job and get a life.''
There were plenty of jobs in the area and he said this was an affordable "mini-solution'' to the New Zealand housing issue.
"It is such a huge problem and they should be directing good, hard-working couples down here.''
The Clutha District Council also showed support at a recent council meeting by approving a fee reimbursement scheme specifically for those under the land and house package.
The fee reimbursement cap was increased and available only to those with the intention of building on the land, in the hope they will move to Kaitangata to live.
Mr Dick said the council backing was huge for the group as it showed it was being taken seriously.
There were two other houses being built in the town aside from those bought through the promotions scheme.
This brought the total growth in housing stock to five.
"If you'd said that a couple of years ago, you'd have had people laugh at you,'' Mr Dick said.
Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay also confirmed his support for the initiative.
"It's a real grassroots solution to help address a problem we face around housing for our workers in South Otago.''
There needed to be a co-ordinated push to promote the area outside the region.
"As a community we need to be telling people that you can move down here, live in an affordable home, have a well-paying job and a good lifestyle in South Otago.''
The challenge was matching up the jobs and houses with people.