Construction is underway on an innovative $2.1 million Queensland Government-led development on Ruthven Street, supporting 45 local jobs.

The two-storey, eight-unit development is being built in partnership Toowoomba firm Ray Weston Constructions.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the project had been developed as an industry partnership, between the developer, a land owner and the department.

Mr de Brenni said the project showed what could be achieved when partnerships were forged between the local building industry and government.

He said the department had started trialling similar partnerships this year in a bid to secure more opportunities to meet local housing needs.

“This project will provide work for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers and other tradespeople, as well as apprentices,” he said.

“All of the apartments will be single-bedroom, and the four on the ground-floor will be built to universal liveability standards, with wider doorways and halls, as well as handrails so they’ll be suitable for older people or people using wheelchairs.

“Each apartment will feature an open plan, modern design, and each tenant will have an on-site parking space.”

Mr de Brenni said the project was part of $6 million worth of Government-led housing construction currently under way or set to commence in Toowoomba.

He said the projects would provide work for about 140 tradespeople across the city.

“These are real jobs for local tradies working on building sites all around Toowoomba,” he said.

“More than 26 new homes built before the end of June next year.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting housing projects that will provide housing for vulnerable people and work for our tradies in every part of the state.”

Construction on the Ruthven Street project is due to be completed by the end of June 2017. 

[ENDS] 22 November 2016
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