Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten, political candidate Bill Byrne and Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan overlooking the site of proposed affordable housing development.
Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten, political candidate Bill Byrne and Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan overlooking the site of proposed affordable housing development. Sharyn O'Neill

1000 cheap homes for Rocky

LOW to medium income earners may be able to realise their dream of owning their own property in Rockhampton, thanks to a State Government announcement made yesterday.

Rockhampton is set to receive its first Urban Development Area (UDA), which aims to provide more affordable housing at a time when housing and rent prices push many out of homes and ownership ability.

Premier Anna Bligh announced the UDA, which will be declared using state government legislation, which will see housing pop up around the CQUniversity (CQU) campus off the Bruce Hwy.

Ms Bligh said it would take in vacant land at the university as well as the former CSIRO site across the road.

"This site will deliver up to 1500 homes to suit a range of budgets and incomes but with a major focus on affordable homes," she said.

"The Urban Land Development Authority will now study the local market before setting an affordability target for the project.

"For instance in the Fitzgibbon Chase UDA in Brisbane a target was set that 66% of the housing must be below the average house price in the area.

"We know the resources boom is having an impact in Rockhampton and we want key workers to be able to afford their own homes.

"A large cluster of new homes beside the uni will help create a genuine university village for Rockhampton which is emerging as a strong regional education centre."

Ms Bligh said that Rockhampton Regional Council and CQU had been consulted and shown support for the UDA.

Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter said the announcement was encouraging and a positive outcome for the community.

"Having this combines on campus living and a changing face of the university and provides very affordable living," he said.

There are five other UDA in the region planned or being built.

 

Our UDLA

  • 1500 new homes
  • Two-thirds will be sold for less than median price
  • Entry will be by the road between the university and the sports complex
  • A commercial precinct that will tie in with CQUniversity's future plans

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