50,000 lots unlocked in SEQ to meet land demand

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

Almost 50,000 residential lots are being unlocked in South East Queensland since the 2020 State election, helping to cater for the region’s current and projected population surge.

The lots have been made possible following the creation of the Growth Areas Team and thanks to more than $92 million in targeted funding from the Palaszczuk Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said tackling land supply challenges was part of Queensland’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

“Our strong health response to the COVID-19 pandemic has created a spike in interstate migration which has put pressure on land supply across the state,” Mr Miles said.

“Earlier this year I announced the new Growth Areas Team to help accelerate development and address land supply challenges to cater for Queensland’s booming population.

“And that’s exactly what we’ve achieved.

“We’ve announced more than $92 million from the Building Acceleration Fund, part of our new flagship Queensland Jobs Fund, and other catalyst infrastructure agreements, for projects that unlock land supply.

“This is targeted investment in catalytic infrastructure like key road and water projects in booming communities such as Greater Flagstone and Ripley Valley and priority growth areas like Southern Redland Bay and Caboolture West.

“The Growth Area’s Team has been working with local governments, industry and the utilities sector to tackle land supply issues in SEQ.

“They’ve worked with Moreton Bay Regional Council and Redland City Council to unlock approximately 8,000 lots across Caboolture West and Southern Redland Bay.

“Greater Flagstone will see around 27,000 lots unlocked with the help of $31 million from the Catalyst Infrastructure Fund for critical road infrastructure.

“Greater Flagstone and Ripley Valley are both expected to be home to around 120,000 people so it’s important we have the right infrastructure in place to support that growth.

“While COVID has certainly spurred an increase in interstate migration, we would expect to see further increase over the coming years in the leadup to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Of course, it is not just the South East corner experiencing growth with regional Queensland also attracting new residents.

“This growth is being supported with around 60 per cent of this year’s $14.7 billion infrastructure allocation to be spent outside Greater Brisbane in one of the largest capital programs in recent years and will directly support around 46,500 jobs including close to 30,000 jobs in the regions.”

Residential lots unlocked across SEQ since November 2020 include:

  • Caloundra South – 3,091 lots unlocked
  • Caboolture West – 3,000 lots unlocked and $10.5 million from Building Acceleration Fund for water supply and sewage infrastructure
  • Southern Redland Bay – 5,000 lots unlocked and $15 million from Building Acceleration Fund for a new wastewater management plant
  • Ripley Valley – 5,600 lots unlocked and $5.91 million from Catalyst Infrastructure Fund for critical road infrastructure
  • Bahr’s Scrub – 1,700 lots unlocked and $15 million from Building Acceleration Fund to improve access and transport efficiency
  • Greater Flagstone – 27,000 lots unlocked and $31 million from Catalyst Infrastructure Fund for critical road infrastructure
  • Yarrabilba – 2,000 lots unlocked and $15 million from Building Acceleration Fund for infrastructure for primary school site and roads

A land supply animation can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/h1xhpb3jhpwkbnr/UDIA%20Land%20Supply%20with%20funding%20Map%20Animation%20SOCIAL%20VERS%20%28AUG%202021%29%20DRAFT%205.mp4?dl=0

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