Two Queensland Government-led apartment projects worth a total of $4.9 million are providing support for local Townsville tradies and subcontractors.
Preliminary work on a $2.8million, 12 single-bed apartment project in Vincent, in the city’s inner west, began late last month while work on a $2.2 million, 10 single-bed apartment project at Rosslea is expected to be finished by March 2017.
Inspecting the Vincent site with the Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to maintaining a strong pipeline of housing construction across Townsville.
“This financial year we are investing close to $29 million into seventeen new government-led housing projects in Townsville,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Our construction pipeline will provide over 200 new homes and apartments for people at all stages of life.
“These projects are supporting hundreds of local jobs and adding to the Palaszczuk Government’s pipeline of construction work for the city.
“All of these projects are being built by companies based in Townsville and I’m excited to see projects like this creating opportunities for local tradies.”
Mr de Brenni said the Vincent project was being built by RCQ Constructions, and the Rosslea site by Taylors Builders.
Minister O’Rourke said the new construction was an important demonstration of the Palaszczuk Government delivering on its commitment to support jobs in Townsville.
“Local carpenters, concreters, bricklayers, plasterers, painters, roofers and landscapers will all benefit from this new construction, contributing significantly to our local economy,” she said.
“We are also investing in skills for the future, with this development in Vincent helping six local apprentices to get their start in the industry.
“And once these new unit complexes are finished, we will have twenty-two new homes available for vulnerable Queenslanders.
“We are investing in making sure that these homes are built with high standards of accessibility, increasing housing choices for our seniors and people with disability.
“The apartments will have features such as wider doorways and hallways, grab rails and lower kitchen benches, which is timely as the NDIS trial rolls out in Townsville,” Ms O’Rourke said.
Mr de Brenni said that this construction was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million pipeline of new government-led construction that is currently underway or ready to commence.
“This government is getting on with the job of supporting local jobs right across the state.”