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    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    New affordable rental properties for Gladstone

    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    New affordable rental properties for Gladstone

    Minister for Housing Karen Struthers today announced 76 new affordable housing allocations for the Gladstone area.

    “This means new homes will be built that are available to rent for low income families,” Ms Struthers said.

    “This is one of the many steps the Queensland Government is taking to help people deal with housing stress.

    “Rapid growth in the resources industry has made local housing supply, affordability and demand a major issue. That’s why the Bligh Government has been taking action.

    “We introduced the $10,000 Queensland Building Boost, we’ve used the Urban Land Development Authority to bring more available land to market in the Clinton and Tannum Sands Urban Development Areas, and built a record number of new social housing dwellings, including 21 in Gladstone in 2010/11, and 26 more this financial year.

    Ms Struthers said more affordable rental homes in Gladstone will be a real help for families doing it tough.

    “It’s just one of the ways the Bligh Government is helping Queenslanders with cost of living pressures.”

    Ms Struthers said the new homes are part of 4370 new affordable rental properties state-wide that were announced this week as part of the fourth round of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

    “Under NRAS, the State and Federal government provide subsidies for 10 years to private developers to build new homes and make them available at least 20 per cent below market rent.

    These extra NRAS incentives in Queensland bring the total number of NRAS approvals to 11,279 to be delivered by June 2014.

    “This program is providing urgently needed affordable rental housing across the state.”

    Media Contact:    Ms Struthers office    3235 4265