Affordable and Social Housing Project Underway in Chermside

Affordable and Social Housing
Site of new housing project in Chermside (Photo Credit: Jimmy Sullivan MP/Google Street View)

Demolition and early construction works are now underway and progressing well on a major, social and affordable housing development in Chermside.

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The development will deliver 92 new homes, including 46 social housing units and 46 affordable units near the site of the Prince Charles Hospital.

The project is a partnership between Brisbane Housing Company (BHC) and Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).

Affordable and Social Housing
Artist’s impression of proposed affordable and social housing (Photo credit: Queensland Government)

The Chermside units will be built with accessibility in mind, with silver or gold standard accessibility features. The social housing component will provide homes for people at risk of homelessness, women and children fleeing domestic violence, First Nations people, seniors and people with disabilities.

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The project’s central location provides good access to public transport, medical facilities including the Prince Charles Hospital, and shopping centres like Westfield Chermside. It will house both people on the social housing waiting list in Chermside, as well as key workers employed locally in retail, healthcare and services.

LM Adrian Schrinner said incentives are now available from the city to fast-track housing construction through the Housing Supply Action Plan, as Brisbane grapples with population growth, labour shortages, and supply chain issues.

Minister for Housing Meaghan Scanlon said the Housing Investment Fund is going full steam ahead and that the 92 units join the 34 units already under construction nearby in Chermside.

The city’s Housing Supply Action Plan aims to incentivise the community and private sectors to accelerate housing construction to meet demand from Brisbane’s booming population, projected to increase by 457,000 to over 1.7 million by 2046. Reduced infrastructure charges are being offered by the council for eligible fast-tracked projects.

“Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing capital city and this is adding to the pressure on our housing sector,” Cr Schrinner said last month when announcing the incentives.

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The next stage of construction is expected to begin later this year after early works are completed, with residents moving in from mid-2025. The development will support 95 full-time equivalent construction jobs.

Published 8-November-2023