June 16: Additional $5,000 Grant for new home builds in regional towns
That’s why today I’m committing further support for our housing construction sector by:
Extending the $15,000 First Home Owners grant for newly built homes across Queensland; and
Committing to a new $5,000 regional home building boost grant for any newly built principal place of residence outside South East Queensland.
This will mean that first home buyers in regional Queensland could be eligible to receive a grant of up to $45,000 for a newly built home when combined with the Federal Government’s grant support. To provide additional support for tradies and to respond to the homelessness impacts from COVID-19 we are committing another $100 million to accelerate a program of Works for Tradies housing projects to be commenced over the next six months.
This will support 240 jobs in the construction industry and include the delivery of social housing contracts across the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Wide Bay, Moreton Bay, Toowoomba and Ipswich.
Half of the new investment will be in regional and rural areas where housing is needed.
To support smaller scale projects and to help older Queenslanders who can’t afford to maintain their homes, another $10 million will be provided for a Senior’s and Accessibility Renovations Grants program.
This is a program that will help older Queenslanders make improvements to their homes that they may have been putting off due to financial constraints and, in turn, will give our tradies a shot in the arm.
It will support works of up to $5,000 to help with repairs to electrical works, plumbing, improving accessibility, smoke alarms, unsafe flooring and roofing.