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    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    The Honourable Tim Mander

    New affordable housing complex in Caloundra

    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    The Honourable Tim Mander

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    New affordable housing complex in Caloundra

    Three households on the Sunshine Coast have received an early Christmas present thanks to a new affordable housing complex in Caloundra.

    Housing and Public Works Minister Tim Mander said the complex had been delivered by Coast2Bay Housing under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

    “The National Rental Affordability Scheme is a key part of our Housing 2020 vision,” Mr Mander said.

    “Projects like this one in Caloundra are a godsend for people who may otherwise be facing a long wait for social housing thanks to Labor’s lengthy waiting list.

    “The Newman Government promised to revitalise frontline services for families. That’s particularly important when it comes to helping people on low or modest incomes.

    “NRAS properties fill an important gap in the market for people who may not be considered high-needs, but still struggle to find an affordable place to live.

    “Under the joint state and federal program, properties must be rented at no more than 80% of the market rent for that area.

    “Coast2Bay NRAS properties are rented at 75% of market rent,” he said.  

    Coast2Bay CEO Morrie Evans said the development also helped residents with the cost of living by using modern design and environmentally friendly features to reduce electricity bills.  

    “The apartments have a seven star energy rating with the design maximising natural light and cross ventilation to reduce the need for artificial lighting and air conditioners,” Mr Evans said.  

    “They also feature rainwater tanks for toilets, washing machines and exterior taps, as well as water saving devices on shower heads and taps. 

    “The two townhouses and one villa also have energy efficient lighting, gas hot water and minimalist landscaping to reduce maintenance costs.    

    Mr Mander said the Government was committed to delivering an additional 12,000 social and affordable housing dwellings delivered throughout the state.

    “As part of that target there have been more than 330 NRAS properties delivered on the Sunshine Coast with almost 900 more to come in the next year.

    “Our job is to make sure Queensland has a flexible, efficient and supportive housing system that gives all Queenslanders the dignity that comes from having a safe and affordable place to call home”.

     [ENDS] 12 December 2012

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