'Affordable housing will cause Gladstone pain'

MIDDLE to low income workers might find some rental relief in May as two 'affordable housing developments' are completed.

Construction of Gladstone's first dedicated, mixed tenure affordable housing developments by not-for-profit Gladstone Affordable Housing is a $19.8 million investment by Gladstone's three LNG proponents - APLNG, Santos GLNG and QGC - to help the district's low to middle income earners.

However, for Fisher St residents the development is far too late, and it's in the wrong place.

Architect John Bright, who lives directly opposite the development, said he didn't know how "any thinking person would be happy with what's going on".

He said the 32-unit block on a site that originally had three houses was "total over-development".

And, he said, it will do nothing to alleviate the rental crisis of 2011/2012.

"What's in it for Gladstone, except for a lot of pain?" Mr Bright said.

GAH's Rebecca Oelkers said while the rental market had eased, it was still not affordable for everyone.

The rent will be at a guaranteed 25% discount to market rates.

She said the idea was to alleviate housing stress.

"We want to ensure key workers who earn low to middle incomes, such as teachers, nurses, emergency services personnel, hospitality, retail and childcare personnel can find somewhere to live without spending the bulk of their household budget," Ms Oelkers said.

THE NUMBERS:

32 units, Fisher St

12 units, Glenlyon St

$19m from LNG

SPEAK UP: What do you think about the development? Phone 4970 3023 or send a letter to the editor or leave your comments below.



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