Affordable housing team listens to residents' concerns

REPRESENTATIVES from Gladstone Affordable Housing met with Fisher Street residents on Thursday to hear their concerns about a proposed 32-unit development planned for the street.

GAH spokesperson Rebecca Oelkers said meetings were held to ensure residents were fully aware of the current development application and design, and to gather their feedback in person.

She said the residents' feedback, together with formal submissions and discussions with Gladstone Regional Council as part of the official consultation process, would be taken into account in the final design of the development.

Ms Oelkers said input from the public was an important part of the development approval process, enabling them to work with the community.

"This proposed development is part of Gladstone Affordable Housing's efforts to address the lack of affordable housing options for low to moderate income earners in Gladstone, with the region continuing to experience relatively high accommodation costs," she said.

"It is anticipated that GAH will help accommodate those who work in the retail, emergency services, health care and education sectors, and those who can no longer rent or buy in Gladstone without spending a substantial percentage of their incomes on housing costs.

"These middle-income groups represent some of Gladstone's key workers and provide essential services to our growing community.

"The proposed GAH housing development is based on a mixed tenure model and will include a mix of affordable housing rentals and market 'for sale' housing."