TWO out of three sites have been finalised for residential housing for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a $2.4 million grant from the Gladstone Foundation.
Anglicare secured the funding for its Stronger Futures Residential Care Program, which will build homes for teens who need extreme care due to health conditions, disability or challenging behaviour.
Land has been acquired in the Gladstone region, local builders appointed and plans submitted for approval to council.
Anglicare Central Queensland is hoping the housing will be ready for use by Christmas, with building ready to kick off within the month.
Gladstone Foundation chairman Tim Griffin said it was great to see the shovel hitting the dirt.
"There's been a lot of lead-in but it's about investing in Gladstone's youth and this project will meet some of their needs," he said.
"It's great to see the project reach this exciting first milestone."
Anglicare Central Queensland ceo Suzie Christensen said they were pleased to hire three long-term local builders for the projects.
"Now the builders are secured, we're waiting for the last tick from council before building begins," she said.
"The homes have been specifically designed for the kids, they'll be purpose built with full disability access and durability.
"We've had to move this from house to house in the private market in the past, but now we'll be able to put down roots."
Ms Christensen said a lot of work had been done behind the scenes since receiving the funds from the Gladstone Foundation.
The Gladstone Foundation was established as a perpetual trust in February 2011 to manage contributions made by the three LNG proponents towards social infrastructure in the region.
Anglicare CQ has been providing social services in Gladstone for 30 years, and was one of two recipients of round one funding from the Foundation.
- Sanctuary Hill
- Forest Springs
- Third site TBC
- Craig Price, Coastal Homes Gladstone
- Craig Christensen, CCF Homes
- Chris Allen, Gladstone Designer Homes