Qld government to fast-track housing in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater

THE Queensland Government has announced that it will declare Urban Development Areas (UDAs) in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater in an effort to provide more affordable housing.

Premier Anna Bligh said the UDAs would result in more than 900 new dwellings, most of them affordable, to take pressure off the three regional mining towns.

"Declaring UDAs will enable this affordable housing to be fast tracked using accelerated planning powers," Ms Bligh said.

As well as providing affordable housing, Ms Bligh said the UDAs will deliver a range of housing styles, from apartments to family homes.

Ms Bligh said the announcement is an important part of the government's regionalisation strategy.

Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the declarations would mark the start of the Urban Land Development Authority's (ULDA's) Resource Town Housing Affordability program.

"The ULDA will be responsible for planning and assessing development applications in these areas, and in some instances act as developer. The ULDA has the resources to enable faster planning decisions and get affordable land and homes to market much faster," Mr Hinchcliffe said.

The Blackwater UDA includes most of the town and the ULDA has identified 25 hectares of useable land that could accommodate 380 new dwellings.

The 1,220 hectare UDA at Moranbah has identified land which could be released within a year to provide 200 to 300 dwellings.

In Roma, 20 hectares of state-owned land has been identified which could accommodate about 300 new dwellings.

These declarations will bring the number of UDAs in Queensland to 10, with four in Brisbane and one each at Gladstone, Townsville and Mackay.

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