New social homes in Lutwyche and Windsor
BlueCHP is proud to be delivering 80 new social homes in Lutwyche and Windsor, in partnership with the QLD State Government through the Partnering for Growth initiative. This $40 million investment into social housing in Queensland, split over two projects is the first of many to be delivered through the Queensland governments $2.9 billion Housing Investment Growth Initiative. 7,400 new social and affordable homes have commenced across the state under the initiative.
BlueCHP’s ability to deliver these kinds of projects on time and within budget during the volatile economic circumstances of the last two years, is in large part due to the development expertise of our BlueCHP Queensland team and the commitment of Hutchinson Builders.
BlueCHP Queensland team (from left) Darren Mew (Executive Manager QLD and NT), Charles Northcote (CEO) and George Giannes (National Build to Rent Manager).
These 80 individual apartments provide homes for Queensland households from the social housing register. Both apartment complexes are within 10 minutes of the Brisbane CBD, close to public transport, education, healthcare, amenities, and employment opportunities.
Minister for Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy the Hon Leeanne Enoch with BlueCHP CEO Charles Northcote, Senator Anthony Chisholm and State Member of Parliament Jim Sullivan opened the $19m Lutwyche social housing complex this week.
Charles Northcote confirmed that “approximately 615,000 households need affordable and social homes, and by 2036 this could grow as high as one million. The national gap is getting bigger. The fix to this nationwide issue has to include investment from state governments. We see this in Queensland with the $2.9 billion investment in social and affordable housing through QHIGI, the biggest concentrated investment in the state’s history of Social Housing.”
BlueCHP’s homes include modern one to two-bedroom apartments. Move-in starts this month for the homes in Lutwyche, and in early 2023 tenants will start moving into the Windsor project.
“An important way to view social and affordable housing is in the form of social infrastructure because the benefits are measured right across the community, such as lower crime, reduced hospital admissions, enabling children to go to school, reducing domestic violence, to name a few” said Mr Northcote
“The long-term benefit is to reduce intergenerational poverty.”
BlueCHP Executive Manager Queensland and Northern Territory Darren Mew confirmed “that for many Queenslanders, simply finding a home is becoming increasingly difficult”. When considering the projects BlueCHP is delivering he noted “the importance of being able to service the long-term interests of the individuals we are housing and sustaining those homes for twenty years or more.”
“Our team work hard to provide homes to vulnerable people in our community who require an accessible, safe and affordable roof over their head. The two projects are the culmination of work from a dedicated team across Government and the not-for-profit sector who share BlueCHP’s purpose to make a difference to people’s lives – to create a future where every Australian has access to a home they can afford.”