Queensland is experiencing its largest investment in social housing in decades, with billions allocated to the rollout of a new generation of affordable accommodation - modern, adaptable homes that feature improved energy efficiency and community integration.
Construction is in full swing under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, which is on target to deliver 2,714 new homes by the end of the year, as part of the 4,000 homes the state government has promised by June 2012.
A further 2,421 homes have been approved under the National Rental Affordability Scheme, with 270 dwellings already available to support low-income households.
Assistance will also be provided through a new development based on the principles of the internationally acclaimed Common Ground model. Brisbane is set to join a growing list of cities to introduce a Common Ground project, which offers accommodation and in-house support services to help residents sustain long-term housing.
While building works are at an all time high, so too are our localised programs. I was delighted to recently launch the Indigenous Women in Hard Hats pilot program, which aims to attract Indigenous Women from the Townville and Ayr regions into apprenticeships and traineeships in the building and construction industries.
The department is also gearing up for its annual Water-Wise Garden Awards, which recognise the important role tenants play in improving their local community.
Last month also saw the extension of RentConnect operations to another five locations. RentConnect has helped hundreds of people enter into the private rental market and now provides even broader support in 14 areas across the state.
While so much has been accomplished, there are many challenges and milestones ahead. I am grateful for the continued focus of everyone involved in the delivery of our innovative programs and look forward to the results of those yet to come.
Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women