CONSTRUCTION has started on an accessible new social housing project in Ipswich, as the Queensland Government’s Big Build continues to deliver more social homes across the state.
The West Ipswich development will feature 13 one-bedroom apartments, designed to Livable Housing Design Guidelines Gold and Platinum standards to cater for older people and those with higher mobility needs.
The $6.5 million development, is being delivered through the QuickStarts Qld program and will support around 21 full-time equivalent construction jobs
Construction is forecast to be completed by late 2024.
The Queensland Government has committed a record investment of $6 billion in social and affordable housing and housing and homelessness support since 2015, the largest investment in Queensland history.
This will support the commencement of more than 13,500 new social and affordable homes by mid-2027.
As part of the 2023-24 State Budget, the Queensland Government announced an additional $322.2 million to expand the QuickStarts Qld Program. This will increase the total number of social homes commenced under QuickStarts Qld by 500, bringing the target to 3,265 social housing commencements by 30 June 2025.
As at 30 September, under QuickStarts Qld, contracts have been awarded for the commencement of 195 homes in the Ipswich region.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard MP said, “The stability of a place to call home makes a big difference in so many aspects of people’s lives.”