THE Queensland Government last week said its new 10-year housing strategy will allow the state to take the lead in the delivery of social and affordable housing in Australia, with an investment of $1.6 billion to build more than 5,000 extra homes.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that through the new 10-year Queensland Housing Strategy, the government will:
- Build 4,522 new social homes and 1,034 affordable homes;
- Support 450 full-time construction jobs a year;
- Introduce inclusionary requirements for new dwellings on state land (5-25% for social and affordable);
- Invest $20 million to construct new Youth Foyers in Townsville and on the Gold Coast and expand the existing Foyer in Logan;
- Commit $75 million to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander home ownership;
- Invest $30 million to reform the housing system;
- Create housing and homelessness hubs to improve service delivery; and
- Strengthen consumer protections for retired people.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Queensland Housing Strategy construction program was focussed on partnerships and creating local jobs.
"Because we still own and manage Queensland's public housing we have the ability to partner with the private sector, to leverage new private investment in affordable housing, on top of this significant investment," the Minister said.
"This strategy is about partnering with the private sector and community housing providers to create genuine affordable housing, something that hasn't been done at scale in this country in decades.
"Government will use underutilised government land and this new funding to leverage new private and community sector investment in affordable housing."
Mr de Brenni said that the landmark construction process would be complemented by a comprehensive suite of reforms to improve housing outcomes.
More information about the Queensland Housing Strategy is available from the Queensland Government website at <http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/housingstrategy/Pages/default.aspx>.