National Rental Affordability Scheme

20/11/2013

Low income families in the Kallangur and Pine Rivers electorates have received some welcome relief with 270 new affordable dwellings in Kallangur and 92 in Pine Rivers, built in the past 18 months under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

Member for Kallangur, Trevor Ruthenberg, said the joint State and Federal Government scheme was a valuable part of the Newman Government's Housing 2020 vision.

"The Newman Government cares about people on low or modest incomes," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"Our vision for them is part of our election promise to revitalise frontline services for families."

Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich also mentioned that NRAS provides communities with affordable properties that must be rented at no more than 80% of the market rent for that area.

"NRAS properties fill an important gap in the market for people who may not be vulnerable enough to qualify for social housing, but who still struggle to find an affordable place to live." Mr Holswich said.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said more than 6000 properties had been delivered throughout Queensland since the scheme began back in 2008.

"More than 4000 of those have been delivered since the Newman Government came to office and there are plenty more on the way," Mr Mander said.

"Under our Housing 2020 Strategy we'll be delivering an additional 12,000 social and affordable housing dwellings throughout the state.

"That will include another 3500 NRAS properties over the next 12 months alone.

"Our job is to make sure Queensland has a flexible, efficient and supportive housing system that gives all Queenslanders the dignity that comes from having a safe and affordable place to call home."

For more information about the National Rental Affordability Scheme go to: http://www.qld.gov.au/housing/renting/nras/.