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More homes on the way to help community

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Seven new homes will soon be constructed in Bundaberg as part of an initiative that aims to build more social and affordable houses, while delivering relief to renters and greater support for those sleeping rough.

Work will soon begin to construct seven social housing homes in Bundaberg South as part of the Homes for Queenslanders plan.

The State Government initiative aims to build more social and affordable homes, while delivering relief to renters and greater support for those sleeping rough.

The project will be built by Queensland company Bryant Building Contractors and will include three Gold level homes under the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines.

This means the homes will be suitable for people with disability or older Queenslanders who use mobility aids.

The Bundaberg South site had previously had a three-bedroom home on it which was relocated to Gympie to house a family in need.

In addition to the seven new homes, the government is progressing work on potential social housing opportunities at a government-owned site in Avoca.

Technical assessments of the site are now underway by the Department, including master planning and site assessments, with initial advice indicating the site has the potential to housing outcomes for families, couples and individuals.

The department is also progressing due diligence on other sites in the region to develop a pipeline of new social housing to contribute to the 53,500 social homes target under the Homes for Queenslanders plan.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the more houses that became available, the better the outcome for the community.

“Where the Bundaberg South property could previously have helped one family, once construction is completed, it will provide a home for seven households who need social housing,” he said.

“These homes will make a huge difference.”

Premier Steven Miles said the project was something Bundaberg residents had been crying out for.

“Bundaberg locals have told me that housing is really important to them, and they want to see greater local action,” he said.

“That’s exactly why we are building more homes, faster, here in Bundaberg as part of our Homes for Queenslanders plan.

“This block of land will transform from one single home to seven, in a significant boost to local social housing supply.

Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon said there were benefits for all.

“Our Homes for Queenslanders plan is boosting our social housing Big Build and getting tradies on the tools to build the homes Queenslanders need,” she said.

Anyone who needs housing assistance can contact the Bundaberg Housing Service Centre on 4331 7900 during business hours or call the 24/7 Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.

Find out more about the Homes For Queenslanders plan here.


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