CQ's poor to get 430 new houses

THE Queensland Government yesterday announced plans to build 430 homes for the poor and homeless in Central Queensland over the next 2½ years.

The social housing dwellings will be among a total of 4600 to be built across the state in a major initiative to ease the plight of hard-up families.

Housing Minister Karen Struthers said more than 3000 homes would be built by the end of the year, and paid for by the Federal Government.

The remainder would be built and paid for by the State Government.

“Finding a job and giving your kids a good education is hard when you’ve not got a roof over your head,” she said.

“We know a number of families are doing it tough right now and we’re doing everything we can to give them somewhere safe and secure to live.”

She said the proposal would be a major boost for builders statewide and the state’s economy, creating an estimated 13,000 jobs.

Ms Struthers said people had to be prepared to accept social housing in their neighbourhoods.

“We need the community behind us. We need support. As long as there is prejudice and suspicion about social housing tenants we face an uphill battle.

“That’s why I want people to think twice before they object to a social housing development planned for their neighbourhood,” she said.

The government will also spend $80 million to spruce up existing social housing stock.



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