Homes for Queenslanders: Finishing touches on new social homes for Cannonvale

Published Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 08:00 AM

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works
The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon

Link to VNR and pictures:

  • Miles Government nears completion on 12 new social homes in Whitsundays region
  • Part of Homes for Queenslanders plan to boost social housing Big Build

Builders are making the finishing touches on 12 new social homes in Cannonvale as the Miles Government builds more Homes for Queenslanders.

It follows the announcement earlier this year by the Miles Government to boost the state’s social housing Big Build with an ambitious target of 53,500 social homes in Queensland by 2046.

Configured as two, two-storey buildings, the development is located next to Bicentennial Park. It is also close to a bus stop, Cannonvale State School, Whitsunday Shopping Centre, and Cannonvale Beach.

The ground level includes four, one-bedroom homes designed to Gold Level accessibility standards.

These include features such as level thresholds, wider doorways, hallways and clearances, and features such as wall ovens.

The two, one-bedroom homes on the ground level are designed to Platinum Level accessibility and have additional clearance and circulation spaces.

These homes also include features such as lower kitchen benchtops and removable cupboards under the kitchen sink and cooktop, making them particularly suitable for people who mobilise in wheelchairs.

The multi-purpose space in these Platinum Level homes could be used as storage, a study, or as space for an overnight guest.

Quotes attributable to Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon:

“These homes show that we’re serious about building more Homes for Queenslanders through our plan.

“When building is complete, these houses will become a home for older Queenslanders, people with a disability and couples.

“The LNP saw social housing go backwards in Queensland by 428 homes, and now they think our Homes for Queenslanders plan is too much – so the question the LNP must answer is what would they cut? Is it homes like these?”

Quotes attributable to Training and Skills Development Minister Lance McCallum:

“To build more homes like this and to build them faster we’re bolstering the workforce by offering free TAFE and apprenticeships.

“Because we won’t cut funding and shutdown TAFE like the LNP did, and the opportunities they give to Queenslanders to get a job, and build the homes we need.”

Further information:

Anyone who needs housing assistance can contact the Mackay Housing Service Centre on (07) 4862 9500 during business hours or call the 24/7 Homeless Hotline on 1800 474 753.

For more information about the Homes for Queenslanders plan, visit


Media contact: Francis Dela Cruz - 0420 592 078