Older Queenslanders homes built in Springwood

The Queensland Government’s Housing Construction Jobs Program is seeing Spingwood seniors provided with accessible forever homes in a new 35-unit complex.


Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni today opened the $10.5 million project built by McNab Constructions.


“Our Springwood seniors uphold our traditions and history,” Mr de Brenni said. “Enabling our loved ones to remain close by as they downsize or their needs change is vital.


“The Palaszczuk Government’s continued investment in social housing construction provides people of all ages with a safe, secure place to live as well as an income for thousands of Queensland workers.


Mr de Brenni said the new complex would take on a significant name after local community champion Colleen Benson.


“Colleen Benson worked tirelessly for more than 27 years to benefit the local community and this is a fitting tribute to her,” he said.


“She joined the Logan East Community Neighbourhood Centre in 1991 and grew the small organisation into the thriving neighbourhood centre it is today, with more than 40 volunteers and about 32 programs.


“Mrs Benson retired from her community role in March 2018.”


“Three units in this development are fully accessible to assist people with mobility impairment.


“These units include features such as wider doorways and halls, making them particularly suitable for people who mobilize in wheelchairs.”


BHC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Lummis said Benson Place residents were seniors who had spent decades raising families in larger public housing properties, but now needed a home that was much easier to maintain.


“The development features enhanced security, a resident common room, community gardens, space for visiting family members and a high level of accessibility.”


Through the Housing Constructions Jobs Program, the Queensland Government is investing $150 million to build 492 social housing dwellings in the Logan/Redlands area over the first five years.


1 June 2019.