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    Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    60,000 social housing dwellings and more on the way

    Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Monday, October 05, 2009

    60,000 social housing dwellings and more on the way

    The Bligh Government is on track to deliver 4,000 new social housing dwellings

    across Queensland over the next three years.

    Housing Minister Karen Struthers said that by June next year, almost 500 new social housing dwellings would be built in the first stage of the Nation Building and Economic Stimulus Plan.

    “It’s a win for workers in the local building industry and a win for people who rely on social housing,” Ms Struthers said.

    The Minister said thousands more homes would be built under stage two of the plan, with most of them expected to be completed by December next year.

    “It’s an unprecedented investment in social housing infrastructure and it couldn’t have come at a better time when jobs and job security are more important than ever before,” she said.

    Minister Struthers said the $1.2 billion investment in social housing infrastructure was on top of $500 million from the Bligh Government’s Future Growth Fund to boost social housing in homelessness hot spots across the state.

    “We’ve got 60,000 dwellings in our social housing stock across the state. Less than 1.5% are vacant, compared with a vacancy rate of 4.6% in the private residential sector at the end of June.

    “A number of vacant properties are being spruced up for new tenants to move in, others have been newly purchased by the Department, and some properties are being modified for tenants with a disability,” Ms Struthers said.

    The Minister said there were exciting times ahead for social housing tenants in Queensland.

    “We’re undertaking the biggest-ever investment in social housing in recent history. We’re generating jobs for local builders and we’re building homes for people who need a roof over their head,” she said.

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