Blackwater worker gets it right

A LONE Blackwater service worker has nominated for the Urban Land Development Authority's My Place affordable housing ballot.

The draw closes today, with ULDA chief Paul Eagles saying although five expressions of interest were received, only one worker had completed the formalities.

"We would have preferred to see more interest in Blackwater, but I guess given this is the first round and it is new to everybody, it's not too bad," Mr Eagles said.

"We ran it over Christmas because we wanted to take advantage of the (Queensland Government's $10,000) building boost, and I think in hindsight, people's focus may have been on other things."

Mr Eagles said the ULDA would continue to explore new ways of presenting accommodation options in the face of rising construction and land costs.

The release of affordable accommodation in four to six monthly blocks would give workers the chance to forward plan, he added.

"At the end of the day, to get a well-priced product, we need innovation in design and smaller lots," he said.

"With the My Place program we realised there is a need for intervention to actually give low and moderate income workers the opportunity to buy ahead of the market."

The second round of My Place ballots will start in April.



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