Ipswich social housing is keeping pace with population growth as work starts multi-level social housing complex in the Ipswich CBD.
The units will be located on the site of the former RACQ heritage building that was destroyed by fire last year.
The multi-level social housing building will have 20 apartments constructed on the East Street site next to Centrelink in Ipswich Central.
The development will provide 15 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units, to help Ipswich families and individuals in need.
The $8 million project will provide jobs for about 270 construction workers.
The former RACQ heritage building destroyed by fire.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the decision to build a multi-level social housing complex in the Ipswich is important to meet the needs of the growing community.
“It is important to increase the stock of social and affordable homes available to Ipswich,” Ms Howard said.
“Our population is expected to grow by 110,000 people over 10 years to 2027 which will see an increased demand for social housing.”
Artists impression of the social housing complex on the corner of East and Roderick Streets.
The units are close to support services, public transport and opportunities for continuing education and employment.
The design is contemporary and attractive and has taken into account Ipswich City Council criteria for providing pedestrian shade and shelter at street level.
Through the Housing Construction Jobs Program (HCJP), the Queensland Government has committed $103 million to build 383 new social homes in the Ipswich region by 2022.