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22nd June 2023

• Saltair Modular building apartments and detached homes for frontline workers
• 16 pre-fabricated homes currently under construction at local factory
• Homes being built on average in 12 weeks - cutting build times by 40 weeks

Some of the Palaszczuk Government’s first pre-built homes are under construction on the Sunshine Coast with a further 62 to be delivered as housing for critical workers in regional and remote communities across the state by the end of the year.

Health professionals like doctors, nurses, and paramedics, as well as teachers, police and fire personnel will live in the one, two and three-bedroom homes, to ease the pressure on local rental markets across the state.

Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni and Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton inspected the homes being constructed today at Saltair Modular in Coolum.

In addition to the 64 pre-built government employment homes, this program will also deliver a further 52 pre-built homes, to be delivered for social housing by the end of the year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton:
“Our Sunshine Coast tradies are known around the nation for being some of the best and brightest in the industry, so it makes sense that one of our local factories is answering the call to build more homes, more rapidly.

Unlike traditional construction methods, modular homes are built in this factory and assembled on-site, streamlining the process, and producing high-quality homes in less time and at a lower cost.

“By the end of this year and across the full program, we will have completed 116 modern homes–manufactured, delivered and ready to be tenanted by either social housing tenants or frontline workers by the end of the year.

Quotes attributable to Minister de Brenni:
“This is a huge win for Queenslanders, and will free up rental capacity in the regions, while also increasing the numbers of social houses available across the state.

“They will go to places like Emerald, Alpha, Thargomindah, Texas, Baralaba, and St George where they will become homes for teachers, nurses and police, ambulance officers and other frontline workers.

“Having them ready to go to these hard-working men and women in the regions means those workers don’t need to be placed into private rentals, where we know there’s often a shortage of rental properties.

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