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Landmark housing development brings more people to the city

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Mark Butler


Media Release by The Hon Mark Butler MP

Landmark housing development brings more people to the city 8 February 2013

Joint Media Release with:

 Hon Kate Ellis Minister for Employment Participation Minister for Childhood and Child Care Member for Adelaide

Premier Jay Weatherill


Minister for State Development

Minister for the Public Sector

Minister for the Arts

Hon Tony Piccolo

Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion

Minister for Social Housing

Affordable home ownership, private rental and public housing are on offer to South

Australians in a landmark new city apartment building being officially opened today - which

also includes street-level retail outlets.

Premier Jay Weatherill, Federal Housing and Homelessness Minister Mark Butler and South

Australian Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo will open UNO Apartments, an award-winning 17-storey apartment building at 102 Waymouth Street.

“Bringing people into the city to live is critical to making our city a vibrant place that people

want to spend time enjoying,” Mr Weatherill said.

“UNO Apartments offers a range of housing that will bring together a diverse mix of people

into a community.

“Affordable home-ownership and private rental, public housing and general market housing

are available all in the one building.

“On the ground floor are retail outlets, including a caf’e and sushi bar, which add to the

popular Waymouth St strip.

“The building also includes central spaces for residents to gather and meet, such as

community gardens and balconies.

“Communities thrive when people are able to come together, forging strong relationships and

leading active, healthy lives.

“These apartments represent a new approach to creating sustainable mixed communities and

they will be a fantastic example of a modern, urban community, where an interesting, diverse

mix of people will all feel safe and welcome.”

Mr Butler said the Commonwealth was committed to innovative, affordable housing with an

unprecedented $20 billion investment in housing and homelessness services since 2007.

“The Federal Government contributed more than $48 million for the construction of this

innovative project which is a first-of its kind in Adelaide,” Mr Butler said.

“This is the first time our city has seen one development which brings together a combination

of affordable home ownership, affordable private rental, public housing and a homelessness


“Importantly, thirty apartments are dedicated to the youth homelessness service Youth110

which is run by St John’s Youth Services.”

The Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis welcomed the investment.

“It is great to see such a high quality, exciting development in the heart of the city which will

contribute to our increasingly diverse and vibrant inner city,” Ms Ellis said. “This $48 million

investment has also provided a valuable boost to our local economy and support local jobs

during construction.”

South Australian Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo said UNO Apartments would help

the Government to continue to provide tangible, long-term solutions to the complex issue of


“This development will help to address some of the underlying issues that cause

homelessness and reduce the isolation felt by many people previously shut out of the housing

market,” Mr Piccolo said.

“A recent Productivity Commission report showed that South Australia leads the country in

providing solutions to recurring homelessness.

“Over the 2011/12, period, South Australia had the lowest rate of homeless clients with more

than one period of homelessness anywhere in the nation. This was also the case among

homeless Indigenous clients.

“These encouraging figures are a result of the Government devoting more money and

resources toward addressing this issue than any other state and our commitment to this new

integrated urban village is further evidence of this.”

UNO Apartments has won a number of awards including the Best High Density Housing

Award and the President’s Award from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Urban Communities, the property and tenancy manager, provides an on-site place manager

who helps to integrate the building’s diverse residents with each other and their local