Glen Elmes welcomes 76 new family homes in Noosa

 

Sunshine Coast families have taken up the opportunity in great number to buy their first home with the help of the Newman LNP Government’s $15,000 Great Start Grant.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the program, announced in the 2012-13 Budget, had now paid out 338 grants on the Sunshine Coast, almost 23 per cent or 76 of which were in the Noosa electorate.

“We promised at the election to kick-start the construction industry after it stagnated under the former Labor government by encouraging new entrants into the housing market. That’s exactly what the Great Start Grants are doing,” Mr Elmes said.

“The Government has paid out more than $5 million in grants on the Sunshine Coast leading to many millions more being injected into the construction industry as first home buyers purchase their new homes.”

Mr Elmes said construction was one of the Four Pillars of the Queensland economy which the Government promised to grow. Construction was particularly important on the Sunshine Coast, with 11.6 per cent of the region’s total workforce employed in the industry.

“The results speak for themselves.

“Building approvals on the Sunshine Coast have increased by an impressive 57 per cent in the 12 months to February 2014. The value of approvals has increased by more than $200 million.

“This shows that the Newman LNP Government’s efforts to grow this vital pillar of the Sunshine Coast economy are having a positive effect.”

Mr Elmes said the increase in building approvals followed fantastic employment growth on the coast.

“There are now 11,300 more jobs on the Sunshine Coast than 12 months ago,” he said.

Mr Elmes said the Great Start Grant was available to first home buyers, purchasing or building a new house, townhouse or unit valued at up to $750,000.

More information about the grant and eligibility criteria is available at: https://greatstartgrant.osr.qld.gov.au/ ( https://greatstartgrant.osr.qld.gov.au/ ).