A former women and children's refuge worker turned CEO has said soon to be built disability and independent living housing will help fill two critical "gaps in community".
Tulgeen Disability Services CEO Jennifer Russell said the new housing development in Bega will provide both safe and secure housing and new job opportunities, two areas in low supply in the region.
When the project was announced in May, Ms Russell said there was a need to improve on "a lack of accessible, safe, secure and affordable accommodation" and the up-to ten year waiting list for public housing.
Ten people will be housed on what is currently a vacant lot, with essential around-the-clock care creating 35 new full-time jobs and bringing $2million dollars into the community each year, she said.
During the two weeks before the 2016 Census as much as 12.6 per cent of Bega Valley residents assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or issues related to old age.
The project has relied on $4.6million in state government funding, with construction work by local firm David Leser Building due to be completed in June next year.
Bega Liberal MP Andrew Constance, himself a former disability minister, said the construction was "more than a home", and is part of "breaking down human rights barriers" and "empowering people".
He apologised to Ms Russell about delays in approval for the project, which required what he described as the flexing of guidelines by Deputy Premier and regional NSW, trade and industry minister John Barilaro.
Tulgeen chair Grattan Smith said the delays had allowed time to improve plans for the housing space.
Mr Constance described the day, which also involved the beginning of construction of a TAFE NSW "trades hub", as "probably the best day of the year"
He took aim at the structure of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, saying their is a need for "less bureaucracy", adding government should not have a "take it or leave it" attitude when it comes to the scheme.
"It's not about money, it's about the individuals," he said.