Property

Affordable housing construction gets underway

HISTORIC MOMENT: Turning the first sod in the construction of the $20 million affordable housing developments are GAH chairman John McAuliffe, QGC vice-president Brett Smith, MP Liz Cunningham, Assistant Minister for Planning Reform Rob Molhoek, and Mayor Gail Sellers.
HISTORIC MOMENT: Turning the first sod in the construction of the $20 million affordable housing developments are GAH chairman John McAuliffe, QGC vice-president Brett Smith, MP Liz Cunningham, Assistant Minister for Planning Reform Rob Molhoek, and Mayor Gail Sellers. Mike Richards

WITH many of Gladstone's less wealthy tenants and prospective homeowners driven out of town by raised rents from the construction boom, a bid by Curtis Island LNG companies to make it up to the Gladstone community is now one step closer to fruition.

Construction of a $20 million affordable housing project formally started on Thursday, with the first sod of soil turned at the project's central Gladstone site on Glenlyon Rd.

The site is one of two locations under development, with the second at Fisher St.

Hopes are high that the new homes will play a crucial role in attracting key professionals such as teachers and emergency service workers to the region.

QGC vice-president Brett Smith said he was excited the project had commenced and acknowledged the effect of LNG construction on housing in the region had not always been positive.

"Construction is two-edged. You bring a lot of money but rent can go up," he said.

But Mr Smith said project backers Santos GLNG, QGC and Australian Pacific LNG were committed to helping create more housing options for Gladstone residents.

"We want to be part of the housing solution because we genuinely care about Gladstone and want people to have access to affordable housing," he said.

While the cost of rent has fallen significantly in the past 12 months, it is still hard to attract key workers, according to Gladstone Affordable Housing's Brian Stewart.

"Gladstone is one of those areas where it's been very hard to attract people to the professions that need them," he said.

Local not-for-profit housing and social services provider Roseberry Community Services will manage the GAH properties.

Assistant Minister for Planning Reform Rob Molhoek joined Gladstone independent MP Liz Cunningham, Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers and representatives of all three LNG projects at a sod-turning ceremony.

PROJECT DETAILS:

  • Initial 12 rental units to be built on Glenlyon St in nine months
  • Rent will be about 25% cheaper than market price
  • 32 units and villas on Fisher St due to be built in 12 months, up for sale
  • House cost also subsidised

Topics:  affordable housing fisher st gladstone property market



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Elderly men charged over alleged pot bust

SUSPECTS CHARGED: Police allegedly found three men 'tending' to cannabis plants when they raided a rural property at Ambrose.

Two men in their sixties have been charged by police after raid.

Top 10 cheapest houses on the market in the Gladstone region

98 Dalrymple Drive Toolooa

A LIST of Gladstone's best, cheapest houses

'He can see!' Mum's tears as boy fights Taipan bite

Eli Campbell, 2, is recovering at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital after he was bitten by a taipan three times at Agnes Water.

Todder bitten by a snake can now see, talk and walk.

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Family scoop bargain $160K 'holiday home' in Gladstone

BARGAIN: A Biloela family has purchased 21 Ann St for $160,000. They try to get to Gladstone at least once a month.

ADVERTISED as "renovate or demolish", but snapped up for getaway.

REVEALED: Gladstone property prices hit lowest in downturn

Aerial View overlooking Kin Kora residential area, Gladstone.



Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

GLADSTONE PROPERTY prices have hit their lowest since the bust.

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!