New Beerwah social housing complex open

By Kirra Livingstone

COAST2BAY and State Minister for Housing Meaghan Scanlon have announced the completion of Akuna, a new social housing complex with 33 one and two bedroom townhouses in Beerwah.

The $11.7 million project is to help combat against the current housing and homelessness crisis in Queensland.

The project specifically helps older women who are most at risk of being homeless.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when government works with local community housing providers like Coast2Bay to help the most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Scanlon said.

“Projects like this are what our social housing program is about: helping Queenslanders get a secure roof over their head when they need it most.”

Coast2Bay Housing Group CEO Andrew Elvin said how important it is to have government partnerships to provide services like social housing, to those in need.

“Innovative partnerships like this one with the Queensland Government, make a very important contribution to social and affordable housing that meets community needs in growing regional areas,” he said.

“These townhouses will be more than a home, they will be a place for people to live affordably, be good neighbours, contribute to the community and be a place where families and individuals in need can flourish.”

Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt highlighted that the Sunshine Coast has seen growth in their social housing facilities in recent years, however appreciates how dire the housing crisis is right now.

“In just the last five years, we’ve delivered more than 160 new social homes on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“This new complex will provide help for the most vulnerable in our community, and importantly provides greater accessibility to local shops, services and public transport.”

Coast2Bay Housing Group CEO Andrew Elvin said: “Innovative partnerships like this one with the Queensland Government, make a very important contribution to social and affordable housing that meets community needs in growing regional areas such as the Sunshine Coast.”

Main image: Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon, Caloundra MP Jason Hunt and new residents Amelia and Luca (centre).