A $2.17 million project at Frenchville in Rockhampton is among the building work being rolled out as a $100 million Works for Tradies stimulus program kicks into gear.
Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch said the State Government was delivering on its plan for economic recovery by accelerating social housing construction, generating over 240 jobs and building 215 homes by the end of 2021.
“Works for Tradies funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion Housing Construction Jobs Program scheduled to build 4,522 social homes and 1,034 affordable homes over 10 years,” she said.
“This will support 450 full-time building and construction industry jobs each year for Queensland Tradies.
“As part of the Works for Tradies program, new construction is commencing in the weeks ahead at Waterford West, Morayfield and Frenchville in Rockhampton.”
The government is investing more than $510,000 for two Waterford West houses, $2.9 million on nine x 1-bedroom and two x 2-bedroom apartments in Morayfield and $2.17 million for five x 1-bedroom and two x 2-bedroom apartments in Frenchville.
Hutchinson Builders project manager Dan McKenna said more than 90 per cent of the Frenchville project value would be directly spent in the local community, with only a small portion being spent elsewhere due to specialty supply items.
“It is being run from Hutchies local office of 11 years, which has 14 permanent local employees, four being directly involved in this project,” he said.
“Up to 15 local trades will be involved in the construction, with a build time of about six months.”