STEP UP: Whitsunday Shire councillor Ray Debnam and Brisbane consulting director Kent Maddock. Picture Courtney Osborne
STEP UP: Whitsunday Shire councillor Ray Debnam and Brisbane consulting director Kent Maddock. Picture Courtney Osborne

Units set to fix shortage of housing

By Courtney Osborne

A LOCAL affordable housing workshop has achieved what Federal MP De-Anne Kelly is yet to do- take action to help solve the accommodation crisis in the Whitsundays. And the proposed solution?

For the Whitsunday Shire Council to build a block of 40 units in Jubilee Pocket specifically designed to house low-income earners.

Councillor Ray Debnam said the decision was made during the Affordable Housing Workshop at the Reef Gateway Hotel on Friday.

He said the development will have 15 studio apartments, 15 single bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom apartment.

"At present, (the development) is within forecast budgeted guidelines," Cr Debnam said.

"Everyone who's been at the workshop has gone out with enthusiasm? finally there is real hope."

Cr Debnam said the next step is to investigate partnerships with Rotary, Lions, Salvation Army and RSL to help with the project.

The workshop included local council, community support groups, architects, Department of Housing, Brisbane Housing Company and TLC Sustainable Marketing manager Ed Saalfeld.

"The workshop was the most positive outcomes for affordable housing this year," Mr Saaleld said.

Facilitator Kent Maddock from Brisbane said he was impressed with the cooperation from the attendees.

"People in small communities depend on each other, it's really good to see how well everyone worked together," Mr Maddock said.

The Affordable Housing advisory committee will meet today to compile a full report with recommendation to provide to council.


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