BUDGET 2017 | New cheap housing for Gold Coast battlers

The Queensland Budget is being handed down on Tuesday – but the Government unveiled a pre-budget sweetener on Monday.

The Premier announcing that the Government will open up large tracts of land to developers as part of a push for more community and social housing.

Labor said it would allocate $1.8 billion over 10 years to build 4522 social homes and 1034 affordable homes.


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The plan is to build around 600 houses a year across the state for the first five years.  The Gold Coast will get around 400 at a cost of $110.4 million.

“Our new ten year Housing Strategy will super-charge the building of affordable and social homes and drive 63 full time jobs each year on the Gold Coast,” Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said.

“The Palaszczuk Government will streamline processes so that the housing projects can get moving faster and Queensland builders and businesses can get involved quicker.

Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government would expand initiatives like Better Neighbourhoods Logan to renew communities and build new ones across the state.

“Those new and reinvigorated communities, through greater housing investment and updated planning, will have a better choice of diverse affordable housing with access to transport, education and everything Queenslanders need to live a full, rewarding life,” he said.

“It will help to forge stronger communities across the state over the next 10 years.”

Minister de Brenni said the Strategy funding represented an historic investment in Queensland housing.

The State will also invest $20 million to construct new Youth Foyers on the Gold Coast and in Townsville and expand the existing Foyer in Logan

Annastacia Palaszczuk opened up on Monday, saying her mum and dad lived in community housing until they could save up to buy their own place.  She said they stayed in Government-funded housing for about a year.

“What this policy does is enables people to have a roof over their head.”

The government will also change the means test required for community housing, to allow adult children living with their family to earn a wage without affecting their parents’ subsidised home.