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    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Work begins on new 21st century ‘neighbourhood’

    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Thursday, February 02, 2012

    Work begins on new 21st century ‘neighbourhood’

    Work will begin within weeks on a $230 million project to transform a post-war public housing precinct into a vibrant, modern ‘neighbourhood’ on Brisbane’s southside.

    The new neighbourhood, bounded by Boundary Road, Breton Street and Troughton Road at Coopers Plains, will eventually have more than 900 new homes, including at least 145 affordable new housing units, new parks and social housing.

    Housing Minister Karen Struthers today announced that a consortium of nine companies, led by Consolidated Properties and Hutchinson Builders, would soon begin construction.

    “This project is the way of the future – medium density living, a mix of modern social housing and privately-owned townhouses and apartments, all guided by a master plan,” Ms Struthers said.

    "It means new homes just 12km from Brisbane’s CBD, with train stations and buses in walking distance connecting to Sunnybank, Garden City, Griffith University and the QEII hospital.”

    The new neighbourhood will grow over the next 10 years on 10 hectares of state-owned land acquired by the then-Housing Commission in the 1950s.

    The government will progressively sell its property to the consortium, using the funds to build social housing in Brisbane’s inner south and other locations.

    Ms Struthers said in addition to the housing being built by the consortium, the state government would also develop a new 11-unit social housing complex, purpose-built for seniors.

    “Work on the seniors’ complex should start in the next couple of months and the units should be rented out early next year.

    “Existing, recently built social housing would remain in the neighbourhood.”

    The first stage of the newly developed housing will go on the market in the second half of 2012. All ground-floor housing will meet what is known as “universal design requirements” to make it suitable or easily adaptable to people with disabilities and frail older people.

    Ms Struthers said consortium partner Horizon Housing Company had offered to help tenants move out of social housing and purchase their own home from among the affordable properties.

    “Horizon was formed to alleviate housing stress among home owners and tenants on or below average incomes. It already operates in Townsville, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast,” Ms Struthers said.

    “Horizon and Hutchison Builders are also planning to offer work for locals in street beautification and community projects, as well as construction apprenticeships and traineeships.”

    Media Contact:     Minister Struthers’ office     3235 4265