16 Apr 2019

New $9M seniors complex project will deliver 130 jobs

Social housing
Media release from Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport The Honourable Mick de Brenni

The Palaszczuk Government’s Housing Construction Jobs program will deliver 30 new homes for seniors in the Logan area and support up to 130 construction jobs, with the announcement today of a $9m seniors complex to be built in Hillcrest.

Member for Logan Linus Power said the $9.8 million project on Middle Road was a partnership project between the Queensland Government and Churches of Christ in Queensland.

“This project represents a new way of delivering safe, secure and affordable housing while also delivering jobs for Logan,” Mr Power said.

“We invited Expressions of Interest from groups and businesses keen to work with the Palaszczuk Government to provide additional social housing properties, to find innovative ways to deliver new kinds of affordable housing that blends with the surrounding neighbourhood.

“This project will deliver 24 one-bedroom units and six two-bedroom units for seniors, with the complex designed to be comfortable and adaptable so that residents can feel confident their homes will be suitable for them for many years to come.

“What’s important about this complex is that it’s near transport, shopping and essential services, and while the units are small enough to be easy to maintain, they’re also large enough to have friends and family over.”

Eligible seniors over the age of 55 will be invited to transition to the low maintenance units.

Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said this was their fourth integrated campus model in Queensland combining community housing, retirement living, residential aged care and community care services.

“Churches of Christ in Queensland’s innovative integrated campus model enables residents to age in place with freedom, independence, privacy, dignity and security,” she said.

“The transitioning residents will benefit from being able to remain connected to the community, friends, family and the services they currently access, such as doctors.

“The site will incorporate multiple green spaces and communal spaces including a shared drying court, mobility scooter charging bays, barbeque area and community gardens.”

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the age-friendly housing options would enable people to age in place.

“The development includes six units to the Platinum Level of Liveable Housing Design, and the remaining 24 units to the Gold Level to assist people with mobility impairment,” he said.

“Platinum Level units include features such as wider doorways and halls as well as handrails, making them particularly suitable for people in wheelchairs.”

Churches of Christ in Queensland will build the units on their land with a grant under the Queensland Government’s Housing Construction Jobs Program of $8.38 million (inc GST).