Local development nationally recognised for affordability
GLADSTONE'S HillClose residential development in Clinton has gained national recognition for affordability at the Urban Development Institute of Australia national awards.
Department for Economic Development residential development director Peter Smith said the HillClose development showcased an effective method to ease housing pressures.
The Gladstone community has been impacted by a population growth associated with local resource projects, and housing supply and cost issues.
"HillClose has become a model residential community that has literally reshaped residential development in regional Queensland," Mr Smith said.
"This industry recognition is a significant achievement because HillClose pioneered a style of residential development not previously tested or available in regional Queensland.
"A combination of small lot development, efficient planning, architecturally-designed homes and innovative construction has resulted in a unique residential community for Gladstone that is more affordable for people."
Mr Smith said throughout the development of HillClose, the State Government had worked closely with Gladstone Regional Council.
"Importantly, the prices of homes at HillClose have been consistently below Gladstone's median house price," he said.
The 2012 June quarter for Gladstone median house price was $485,000, while at HillClose it was $353,000.
HillClose offers a choice of two, three and four-bedroom homes priced between $220,000 and $540,000 to suit a range of budgets and lifestyles.
Mr Smith said a key to the success of HillClose was the co-operation of the builder partners Panorama Homes, Irwin Homes and G+D Lawrie, which developed innovative designs.
"Initiatives such as My Place, which is targeted at low to middle income households, were implemented in HillClose to market affordable homes to people in the community who were finding it difficult to get access to product in a highly competitive market," he said.
"Many of the principles tried and tested at HillClose are being carried through other State Government residential developments in Queensland."