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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Major affordable housing boost for Rockhampton

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, December 06, 2011

    Major affordable housing boost for Rockhampton

    Affordable housing in Rockhampton will receive a major boost under a State Government initiative.

    Premier Anna Bligh today announced Rockhampton’s first Urban Development Area will be declared using State Government legislation.

    Ms Bligh said it would take in vacant land at the Central Queensland University (CQU) as well as the former CSIRO site west of the university campus.

    “This site will deliver up to 1500 homes to suit a range of budgets and incomes but with a major focus on affordable homes,” Ms Bligh said.

    “The Urban Land Development Authority will now study the local market before setting an affordability target for the project.

    “For instance in the Fitzgibbon Chase UDA in Brisbane a target was set that 66% of the housing must be below the average house price in the area.

    “We know the resources boom is having an impact in Rockhampton and we want key workers to be able to afford their own homes

    “A large cluster of new homes beside the Uni will help create a genuine university village for Rockhampton which is emerging as a strong regional education centre,” she said.

    Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan welcomed the announcement.

    “Rocky’s time has come and I think this UDA will benefit the whole area,” Mr Hoolihan said.

    “This is forward planning at its best and a vote of confidence from the Bligh Government in Rockhampton’s bright future.”

    Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten supported the target of affordable housing.

    “It will help lower income earners to enter the housing market.

    “There will be a wide variety of housing types available and the involvement of the ULDA will help streamline the development process so that these homes can get to market as soon as possible.

    “The homes delivered will be designed to be energy efficient and for the climate with appropriate solar orientation, shading, cross ventilation, natural lighting and passive cooling techniques,” Mr Schwarten said.

    Ms Bligh said that Rockhampton Regional Council and CQU had been consulted and shown support for the UDA.

    “This government is absolutely committed to developing regional economies and it’s projects like these that renew areas and create opportunities,” Ms Bligh said.

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