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    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    The Honourable Bruce Flegg

    Flegg housing plan underway

    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    The Honourable Bruce Flegg

    Thursday, August 09, 2012

    Flegg housing plan underway

    Housing and Public Works Minister Dr Bruce Flegg today inspected a new apartment complex at Mitchelton that is helping address Queensland’s social housing shortfall.

    Stage 1 of the Churches of Christ development will allow 22 applicants to be moved from the waiting list into public housing. An additional three tenants have elected to transfer from existing public housing properties.

    Dr Flegg said an additional 24 units currently under construction would be allocated to existing public housing tenants who wish to downsize to smaller dwellings later in the year.

    This will allow a re-alignment of the existing housing portfolio, with existing post-war homes to be redeveloped, allocated to families, or sold off with proceeds allocated to the construction of new, modern public housing.

    “Under-occupancy is a real issue, with more than 8,700 public housing properties having two or more additional bedrooms than aren’t required by the occupants,” Dr Flegg said.

    “With around 30,000 applications on the housing register, we need to make sure housing supply matches the needs of our changing population.

    “That’s why the Newman Government is focusing on ways to meet that need, such as moving tenants who are under-occupying properties to smaller homes, to make way for larger households.

    “I’m pleased to see this happening already in Mitchelton.”

    The development was funded via a $12.13 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government with the land donated by Churches of Christ.

    Local MP Tim Mander said implementation of housing reform was the first step in developing a sustainable social housing system that would support future growth.

    “Partnerships like this help fill the gap in housing supply and ensure we have diverse communities where all Queenslanders have a place to live,” he said.

    [ENDS] 9 August 2012

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