Care manager at PresCare Alexandra Gardens Sandra Thomson and Sharon Pabis operations manager on the piece of land on Farm Street where units are being built for low income earners over 65.
Care manager at PresCare Alexandra Gardens Sandra Thomson and Sharon Pabis operations manager on the piece of land on Farm Street where units are being built for low income earners over 65. Sharyn Oneill

Affordable homes for elderly

THIS vacant block Sandra Thomson and Sharon Pabis are standing in front of is to be a key site in providing affordable homes for Rockhampton's older people on lower incomes.

PresCare yesterday announced 40 two-bedroom units would be built near the Alexandra Gardens in North Rockhampton in the next two years, specifically for people aged over 65 on low incomes.

It's the latest project by one of the region's welfare organisations to provide housing options for the future.

With Rockhampton on the cusp of the resources boom there are fears of the impact rising property prices will have for some people in the community.

PresCare Queensland CEO Greg Skelton yesterday said the units, costing a total of more than $5 million, would be built on land owned by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, adjacent to Alexandra Gardens in the area of North Rockhampton.

Mr Skelton said the units would be rented at 80% of the average rental in Rockhampton and funded under the latest round of the National Rental Affordability Scheme operated by the Federal Government.

He said Rockhampton had been identified as lacking in affordable rental accommodation for the aged and PresCare's application for the project was supported by local politicians at all levels.

"This is the first time PresCare has participated in the scheme and we are delighted to be able to help meet the accommodation needs of the elderly in the city," he said.

"The units are also designed to meet the needs of the disabled."

 

RENTAL PRICES

Median Weekly rents for September Quarter 2011

Rockhampton, Allenstown, Depot Hill, Wandal: $280

CQUniversity, Frenchville, Lakes Ck, Nerimbera, Park Avenue: $310

Source: RTA

 

HOUSING PRICES

Median sales Rockhampton for September 2011

Berserker: $230,000

Frenchville: $341,000

Kawana: $306,000

Park Avenue: $270,000

Source: REIQ



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