Hillcrest seniors complex to create 130 construction jobs

ANNOUNCEMENT: Housing Minister Mick de Brenni, Logan MP Linus Power, with Frances Paterson-Fielder and Gerry Weatherall from Churches of Christ Queensland at the announcement. Photo: Supplied

ANNOUNCEMENT: Housing Minister Mick de Brenni, Logan MP Linus Power, with Frances Paterson-Fielder and Gerry Weatherall from Churches of Christ Queensland at the announcement. Photo: Supplied

A $9.8 MILLION seniors complex is to be built at Hillcrest, providing 30 homes and creating 130 construction jobs.

Logan MP Linus Power said the project on Middle Road was a partnership between the Queensland government and Churches of Christ in Queensland.

“This project represents a new way of delivering safe, secure and affordable housing while also delivering jobs for Logan,” Mr Power said.

“We invited expressions of interest from groups and businesses keen to work with the Palaszczuk government to provide additional social housing properties, to find innovative ways to deliver new kinds of affordable housing that blends with the surrounding neighbourhood.

“This project will deliver 24 one-bedroom units and six two-bedroom units for seniors, with the complex designed to be comfortable and adaptable so that residents can feel confident their homes will be suitable for them for many years to come.”

Mr Power said the complex was near transport, shops and essential services.

He said the units would be small enough to be easy to maintain, but large enough for residents to have friends and family over.

CONCEPT: A concept diagram of the seniors complex to be built at Hillcrest.

CONCEPT: A concept diagram of the seniors complex to be built at Hillcrest.

Eligible seniors over the age of 55 will be invited to transition to the low maintenance units.

Churches of Christ housing services general manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said this was their fourth integrated campus model in Queensland combining community housing, retirement living, residential aged care and community care services.

She said the model enabled residents to age in a place with freedom, independence, privacy, dignity and security.

“The transitioning residents will benefit from being able to remain connected to the community, friends, family and the services they currently access, such as doctors,” she said.

“The site will incorporate multiple green spaces and communal spaces including a shared drying court, mobility scooter charging bays, barbecue area and community gardens.”

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni​ said the age-friendly housing options would include units to assist people with mobility impairment, such as wider doorways and halls, as well as handrails, making them suitable for people in wheelchairs.

Churches of Christ in Queensland will build the units on their land with a grant under the Queensland Government’s Housing Construction Jobs Program of $8.38 million.