Ministerial Statements - Social Housing

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MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

Social Housing

 

All Queenslanders deserve to live in a safe and comfortable home that accommodates their needs, particularly as those needs change. The capital works we undertake across the state, be they new builds or refurbishments, make a very real difference to the hundreds of thousands of people in most need of support. I am advised that since June last year this government has spent more than $18.7 million to modify social housing dwellings so that tenants with changing needs can continue to live in them.

There have been minor and major works all across Queensland—for example, 263 dwellings in the Cairns Housing Service Centre region, 307 in Woodridge here in Logan and 250 in Buranda to ensure the old and young and those with disabilities continue to have a place to call home. For some of our social housing tenants, those refurbishments are things such as grab rails and door ramps, toilet and bathroom modifications, wider doorways and soft-close doors. They are small projects but they can have an immense impact on people’s lives. They assist men and women in Queensland to live with dignity.

For other tenants, there have been more substantial changes including 64 dwellings in Townsville, 53 in Ipswich and 14 in Bundaberg. We are talking here of redesigning and upgrading kitchens to make them accessible to people living with restricted mobility and building wider pathways to facilitate adequate ingress and egress to a property.

We are committed to ensuring that, where they can, seniors and Queenslanders with disabilities are able to age in place. This keeps us all in communities we know and trust while reducing the need to source additional social housing and the demands on support services. I am proud to advise the House that almost 50 per cent of the new dwellings completed since June 2015 are aligned with the Livable Housing Design guidelines, making them suitable for tenants with impaired mobility.

Not only is this department providing best-fit dwellings for people in need; the schedule of works for new builds has been estimated to support jobs for more than 3,700 local tradespeople. This is a government that not only helps people in their homes but also helps Queenslanders stay in work.

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