Horizon Housing Wins Mining and Resource Development Award

15 November 13

Developed by not-for-profit Horizon Housing in partnership with Australia Pacific LNG, the Miles Affordable Housing project has been named winner in the Mining and Resource Development category at the UDIA Awards for Excellence 2013.

The development comprises of three triplexes, for a total of 9 two and three bedroom units situated on Eleanor and Daisy Streets. It is the first project of its kind in regional Queensland, backed by a $2.05 million contribution from Australia Pacific LNG housing initiative.

Addressing the critical needs for affordable housing in Miles, Horizon Housing worked closely with the Murilla Community Centre, Western Downs Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG to ensure the project was targeted to meet local needs.

Horizon Housing chief executive Jason Cubit said the team at Horizon Housing were delighted with the UDIA award, which would help highlight the importance of building ongoing relationships with local councils and community groups to ensure quality affordable housing is provided to those who need it most.

‘’Throughout the process we consulted with local community groups and businesses to ensure the outcomes delivered through the project would meet the needs of the community and environmental best practice. Local industry participation was also a key goal of the project, whereby local consultants, builders and suppliers were encouraged to tender for construction works.”

“Such close engagement with the wider community, local council and other industry groups has guaranteed the project has added significant value to the region and received overwhelming local support”, he said.

Horizon Housing sold two units to owner-occupiers and will retain the remaining 7 units to rent to local families and key workers at affordable rates, liaising with key stakeholders in the local community to ensure the properties are made available to those most in need.

“The development presents a great opportunity for numerous families, who can now look forward to continuing their lives here in Miles without suffering housing stress.”

For more information about the affordable homes in Miles, please contact Horizon Housing on 1300 133 027, visit www.horizonhousing.com.au or contact head office on (07) 5668-9400.