MEDIA RELEASE

Minister for Housing and Public Works
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Construction has commenced on a new $3.3 million government-led housing development in Townsville that will employ around 120 local tradespeople.

Visiting the site today, Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the project, built by Townsville-based Ellis Developments Queensland, was on track to deliver 12 new single-bedroom apartments by June this year.

“Affordable housing solutions and jobs are both top priorities for the Palaszczuk Government, so this project is a win for the Townsville community,” Mr Harper said.

“As part of this government’s Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program, this project will support a workforce of approximately 120 carpenters, plumbers, electricians, concreters, bricklayers, plasterers, tilers, painters, roofers and landscapers, including 15 apprentices.

“Local participation is key to economic growth here in Townsville, and I am a strong advocate for government to employ local contractors on these projects.

“It’s good to see a local builder leading this development, and I look forward to more of this kind of regional investment in future.”

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said most of the apartments would be built to national liveable design standards, increasing housing choices for seniors and people with a disability.

“Most of these units have been built to national liveable design standards, which means they are accessible, efficient, and adaptable,” Mr de Brenni said.

“They will comfortably cater for the needs of people with a disability or mobility issues or older people, and can be easily adapted or upgraded in future to accommodate changing needs.

“Each unit has been designed with features such as wider hallways and doorways, grab rails and lower kitchen benches.

“They are safe, energy efficient and comfortable homes, built with people in mind.”

The 12 unit complex is part of a $24.2 million suite of government-led housing developments underway across Townsville, which will see a total of 115 homes built for people in need.

In 2016/17 the Queensland Government will spend up to $209 million buying, building and refurbishing housing owned by the government, which currently stands at more than 60,000 properties.

[ENDS] 02 February 2016 Media contact: Cat Milton 0410 644 113