Win for social housing on the Coast
  • Tuesday 13 April 2010

Social housing on the Sunshine Coast has had a major win, with council approving a development for 66 public housing units at Caloundra.

A not-for profit organisation, Churches of Christ Care, has lead the $22 million application, which will be partly funded by the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Package.

Council’s Social Strategy Portfolio holder and Housing Affordability Taskforce Chair, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, said the new development is a much needed addition to the Coast’s social housing supply and thanks the Federal Government for its support.

“It is a basic human right for people and their families to have a roof over their heads, no matter what their situation is,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“Whether the person has a disability, is older, has a lower income or is a single parent—a home helps them to feel included in the community and goes towards ensuring their well-being.

“The site at Cooma Terrace is an ideal location for social housing—it has excellent access to public transport and is close to shopping facilities and local services, such as doctors and banks.

“It will include 66 units with a combination of one, two and three bedrooms, plus a large communal open space for the tenants to enjoy.

“I would like to say thank-you to the Honourable Tanya Plibersek, the Federal Government’s Minister for Housing, and to the three state government ministers for their ongoing commitment and support of social housing on the Sunshine Coast.

“Council works closely with both the Federal and state governments and community to attract investment that will help to ease the housing crisis on the Coast, and I’m very happy that we were able to deliver such a positive outcome on this occasion.”

The application was approved at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Thursday 8 April 2010. For more information visit council’s PD Online and search for the application number 2010/65-00007.