LNG housing program to serve as model for other areas

GLADSTONE Regional Council's LNG Housing Program will serve as a model for easing the impact of resource industries on housing.

At its December meeting, the council agreed to a request from the LNG Regional Community Consultation Committee to submit a report outlining the effectiveness of the LNG Housing Program to the co-ordinator general.

In 2011 LNG proponents, in partnership with the council, developed a three-year $3m LNG Industry Housing Program in response to the impact unprecedented industrial growth in the region. Mayor Gail Sellers said the now-completed program had aimed to help long-term residents build resilience and adapt to the escalating rental market during the peak period of LNG industry.

"We believe that Gladstone region's learnings can be readily adapted for other resource communities that might experience conditions as we have done these past few years," she said.

Cr Sellers said the program had been awarded the Local Government Managers Australia Awards for Excellence, taking out the Sustainability Category.

"This is a great result for the program and reflects the co-operative approach taken by council and the LNG proponents," she said.



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