The Palaszczuk Government is calling for developers, builders and community organisations to register their interest in the billion dollar Better Neighbourhood Logan project, as part of a new streamlined approach to housing development.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that the new Registration of Interest Process will reduce costs and timeframes for prospective proponents, making it easier for proposals to progress.
“Better Neighbourhoods will deliver more than 3,300 properties and nearly $1 billion worth of investment is set to be generated in Logan over the next 20 years,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Industry is excited about the opportunities to be part of this exciting, transformational housing work but the overwhelming feedback has been that traditional tendering processes are cumbersome and costly.
“Understandably people are concerned about having to invest significant time and money for tenders they might not win.
“That’s why we have created a Registration of Interest process. Prospective proponents will submit a simple, two-page application outlining their skills, experience and ideas.
“We want anyone with the capacity to build small, medium or large development projects to put their hand up.
“Out of this process, successful registrants will then be called to express their interest in specific projects.”
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith welcomed the government’s decision to move forward with a plan for housing renewal in the City of Logan.
"We're pleased to see the government has listened to our concerns, and that progress is now underway to begin this renewal," said Mayor Smith.
"It's clear this process is turning a corner, and Logan City Council is ready to work together with the state government to deliver the right outcomes for our communities.
"I've already seen some great ideas put forward, particularly around the use of green space, social enterprise, activating public spaces and community engagement, and I'm looking forward to seeing what other new innovative ideas can be incorporated into these projects."
Mr de Brenni also announced the Government would be calling tenders on the first development of Better Neighbourhoods Logan with the announcement of a four-storey apartment building in Beenleigh.
Mr de Brenni said the project would deliver 18 quality, single-bedroom apartments.
“This building is the first step in a commitment to provide 70 dwellings throughout Logan over the next three years,” Mr de Brenni said.
Mr de Brenni said the Beenleigh apartments would be built to national liveable design standards, with six platinum level apartments and 12 meeting gold levels.
“That means each apartment will have features like wider hallways and doors to make them more accessible, more efficient and adaptable,” he said.
“The building, which is close to services, open space and public transport, will also have a lift and car parking.”
A tender package for the Beenleigh project is expected to be released by the end of March.
To join the Registration of Interest visit qld.gov.au/BetterNeighbourhoods