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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Major housing boost for Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Major housing boost for Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater

    The Bligh Government will deliver a major housing boost in three mining towns by declaring Urban Development Areas this Friday in Roma, Moranbah and Blackwater.

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

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

    “This will be done in full co-operation with local councils which have asked for our help to deal with housing stress.

    “These projects will deliver not just affordable homes but also a range of housing styles from one bedroom apartments to larger family homes.

    “The mining boom has created jobs has it has also put pressure on these communities with houses in short supply.

    “This is about providing affordable housing in the short term and planning for the future.

    “Being able to afford to buy or rent a home gives people a chance to put down roots, gives them a sense of belonging, and helps foster community spirit.

    “This is an important part of the State Government’s regionalisation strategy to create more opportunities and a better lifestyle in all regions.

    “Strengthening the regions outside South East Queensland is one of the key actions in the State Government’s response to growth management.

    “We are committed to ensuring growth and economic opportunities are shared throughout the state, with new initiatives that support regionalisation and decentralisation,” Ms Bligh said.

    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.

    “I encourage the community to participate in upcoming consultation activities to ensure their needs are catered for in the planning process.

    “The community will have the opportunity to comment on the plans for development as well as guide the inclusion of parkland, walking and cycling paths and community facilities.”

    “The ULDA will work closely with the three local councils to develop projects that deliver a range of housing types for today’s community,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    The Blackwater UDA encompasses most of the town, including about 1800 existing homes and mining villages, commercial and industrial facilities, parks and community halls. The ULDA has identified 25 hectares of useable land that could accommodate 380 new houses.

    At Moranbah land has been identified which could be released within a year to deliver 200 – 300 dwellings of varying sizes and forms.

    The 1220 hectare UDA will allow the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) to work with Isaac Regional Council to plan for the future growth of Moranbah as a result of the resources boom, ensuring there is enough land supply to accommodate that growth.

    In Roma, state-owned land totalling 20 hectares about 1.5km from the town centre could accommodate about 300 new houses. The UDA site includes an established park with the potential to be improved for the benefit of existing and future residents.

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

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