Sunshine Coast builders, developers and community housing providers are invited to attend a business briefing session to find out how to be part of building new social and affordable housing projects in the region.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said there were projects on offer for businesses of every size.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s budget delivered in spades for the Sunshine Coast, with $71 million to construct 243 new homes under the Housing Construction Jobs Program,” Mr de Brenni said.

“This will support the equivalent of 40 full time jobs each year for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, cabinet makers, floor layers and concreters in the Sunshine Coast region.

“These investments are ensuring Sunshine Coast tradies and builders have a significant, long term Government led construction pipeline they can rely on.

“Whether your business is building small detached homes, or large scale developments, there’s work to be had – so come along to a session and find out how to be involved.”

The Department of Housing and Public Works will host a business briefing event on Thursday 29 June at the Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra.

The morning session will talk about how builders, developers and community housing providers can partner with government to deliver a range of housing solutions, and the evening session will take tradies through the process of registering for government work.

To register to attend either session, go to http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/housingstrategy/Events/Pages/default.aspx

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Mr de Brenni said as part of the new 10-year Housing Strategy, the Queensland Government was keen to establish partnerships with community housing providers and private industry to increase the supply of affordable housing for rent or purchase.

“The Housing Construction Jobs Program will deliver a strong pipeline of work that will help support the residential construction industry right across the state and offer jobs for local tradies,” Mr de Brenni said.

“Projects include state-owned sites ready for immediate construction, identified private sector projects with development approvals in place, and precinct based development opportunities.”

For further information on how to become registered for Queensland Government building and construction work, phone 3008 3392 or visit www.qld.gov.au/gov/building-services