Construction has begun on a new $3.3 million housing development, as part of a $24.2 million suite of government-led housing developments underway across Townsville, Queensland.

Member for Thuringowa, Aaron Harper, said the project, built by Townsville-based Ellis Developments Queensland, was on track to deliver 12 new single-bedroom apartments by June 2017.

“Affordable housing solutions and jobs are both top priorities for the Palaszczuk Government, so this project is a win for the Townsville community,” Mr Harper said.

“As part of this government’s Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program, this project will support a workforce of approximately 120 carpenters, plumbers, electricians, concreters, bricklayers, plasterers, tilers, painters, roofers and landscapers, including 15 apprentices.

“Local participation is key to economic growth here in Townsville, and I am a strong advocate for government to employ local contractors on these projects.

“It’s good to see a local builder leading this development, and I look forward to more of this kind of regional investment in future.”

Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni, said most of the apartments would be built to national liveable design standards, increasing housing choices for seniors and people with a disability.

“Most of these units have been built to national liveable design standards, which means they are accessible, efficient, and adaptable,” Mr de Brenni said.

“They will comfortably cater for the needs of people with a disability or mobility issues or older people, and can be easily adapted or upgraded in future to accommodate changing needs.

“Each unit has been designed with features such as wider hallways and doorways, grab rails and lower kitchen benches.

“They are safe, energy efficient and comfortable homes, built with people in mind.”
The suite of government-led housing developments in Townsville will see a total of 115 homes built for people in need.

In 2016/17 the Queensland Government will spend up to $209 million buying, building and refurbishing housing owned by the government, which currently stands at more than 60,000 properties.

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