$59m boost for Adelaide’s North with new homes fast tracked for infrastructure upgrades

The SA Government has announced a $59 million initiative to upgrade essential infrastructure in Adelaide’s north, accelerating housing developments and addressing a critical shortage.

The SA Government has announced a $59 million initiative to speed up the delivery of new homes in Adelaide’s northern suburbs by improving water and sewer infrastructure. This effort comes in response to urgent calls from housing and construction industry bodies warning that inadequate infrastructure could halt building projects and lead to developers pulling out from crucial developments.

The $59 million will be directed towards upgrading water and sewer infrastructure at five development sites in Angle Vale. These enhancements are critical because nearly 1,400 planned homes cannot proceed without them. Current residents at these sites are already experiencing infrastructure deficiencies, with sewerage being removed by vacuum trucks daily due to the underdeveloped sewage system.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) warned of the consequences of underinvestment in 2020, highlighting the imbalance in spending which favoured price reductions over infrastructure expansion. These warnings were not adequately heeded, and the resultant infrastructure shortfall has contributed to the current acute housing shortage in the region.

Nick Champion, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, said “With this initial investment, we are unlocking a growth front across northern Adelaide to help house more South Australians,” Champion stated.

Liam Golding, Chief Executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, SA, reinforced the necessity for continued government investment and strategic planning to prevent and alleviate housing crises. “While we welcome this investment, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Significant immediate needs remain,” said Golding.

Champion’s sentiment is echoed by other industry leaders. Bruce Djite, SA Executive Director of the Property Council, expressed satisfaction with the government’s response but emphasised the need for more substantial investment to meet the growing demand for greenfield developments.

Will Frogley, CEO of Master Builders SA, and Stephen Knight, Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association SA, both stressed the importance of removing development constraints and adequately planning and funding essential services like water, sewer infrastructure, and roads.

According to Rebecca Pickering, CEO of Contractors Federation SA, civil contractors are relieved by this announcement, ready to commence the much-needed infrastructure projects that will support the targeted Housing Accord goals.

The government’s Housing Infrastructure Planning and Development Unit (HIPDU) hosted workshops aimed at aligning various government agencies. These coordinated efforts are meant to improve the efficiency of construction works and expedite the building process in burgeoning localities.

Further details of this plan and additional funding avenues will be revealed by the government at the upcoming Housing Roadmap event scheduled for June 25. This event is expected to outline a comprehensive plan to increase land supply, expedite the planning process, and address roadblocks in expansion currently restraining development, ultimately aimed at strengthening South Australia’s housing market in a sustainable, growth-oriented manner.

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