New Housing in Queensland15 January 2010 by News Desk
The rapidly growing population of Queensland has created an urgent need for thousands of new homes. Here is a list of new housing targets that various South East Queensland councils have to meet under the South East Queensland Regional Plan in order to keep pace with the expanding population.
“These figures highlight the continuing growth of Queensland, mainly though migration,” says Darrell Todd, ceo of thinkingaustralia. “It also highlights the ongoing need for skilled workers in the construction industry – and the many opportunities for UK migrants seeking jobs down under”.
BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL
Brisbane needs to allow for 156,000 new dwellings by 2031, about 7800 a year. Redevelopment and infill should provide 138,000. The State Government says Brisbane is currently approving 7000 dwellings annually, many of which are multiple dwellings.
GOLD COAST CITY COUNCIL
The Gold Coast is required to provide an extra 143,000 new dwellings by 2031, or around 7250 each year. The Gold Coast City Council’s Planning Scheme aims to provide housing for 900,000 residents by 2031. According to the SEQRP, the city’s current population forecast will be 749,000 by 2031.
SUNSHINE COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL
An extra 98,000 dwellings need to be built on the Sunshine Coast by 2031. Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Regional and Strategy Planning executive says it aims to provide more housing in the areas of Maroochydore, Palmview and Caloundra South.
IPSWICH CITY COUNCIL
An extra 118,000 new dwellings will be required in the Ipswich area by 2031, with areas such as Springfield and Ripley to provide most growth. Ipswich’s population is forecast to reach 169,000 during 2010. Between 2026 and 2031 population growth for Ipswich is expected to be three times it is today
MORETON BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL
Moreton Bay Regional Council, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, must provide 84,000 new homes by 2031, or 4,200 dwellings each year. The council approved 4,155 lots during 2008, but there was fall of 12% to just 3,626 by June 2009.
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