Social housing gets a start in Beerwah

Work has commenced on dozens of new social housing homes in Beerwah.

Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt and Communities and Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch today visited the site that will soon see 33 townhouses built to provide homes for Queenslanders including seniors, people with disability, singles, and couples.

This project was being built through a partnership between the Palaszczuk Government and community housing providers Coast2Bay Housing Group.

The townhouses are made up of 17 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units and the complex also includes a community room.

“Some of the homes have been built to Gold Standard under the Livable Housing Design Guidelines, meaning they are designed to be accessible for people with mobility issues and allow residents to age in place,” Mr Hunt said.

“These townhouses reflect the generational shift from larger family homes to a demand for one and two-bedroom homes that meet local needs.”

The announcement comes after it was revealed that not one new social housing dwelling had been built across the Glass House electorate in the past four years.

The region had just 46 social housing dwellings with a total of 106 bedrooms in 2018, but new data showed that number had not changed in 2021.

The Caloundra electorate, which includes Landsborough and Beerwah, received just 36 new social housing bedrooms, over the four years.

Coast2Bay Housing Group CEO Mr Andrew Elvin said he was “excited to be delivering more social and affordable housing to the Sunshine Coast in partnership with the Queensland Government”.

“We are the largest community housing provider in this region, and we pride ourselves in delivering high quality, architecturally designed homes that people and families enjoy living in,” he said.