Leaders meet with minister to discuss affordable housing

GLADSTONE leaders have met with Housing Minister Bruce Flegg to discuss issues such as affordable housing in the region.

Members of the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited board of directors and senior staff, Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham and members of the Gladstone Region Economic Partnership met with Mr Flegg late last week.

The meeting was an opportunity for representatives to meet informally with the minister to discuss issues around Gladstone region housing now and into the future.

GAPDL acting chief executive Kim Williams said the meeting provided those in attendance with information on the changes to QBuildD and the ULDA developments, and what these changes would mean to the region.

"The minister was very generous with his time, taking questions and responding to concerns expressed by the group," Mr Williams said.

"We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss such important issues as affordable housing with the minister, particularly in the current climate of massive industrial growth.

"It was also a great opportunity for GREP representatives to become more involved as a group in these types of forums, which will enable us to work collaboratively on economic issues faced by the Gladstone region."

The GREP is a partnership between GAPDL, Gladstone Engineering Alliance, Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Industry Leaders Group, Queensland Government and Agforce, and aims to work collaboratively to deliver strategic actions from the Gladstone Region Economic Development Strategy.