Works for Tradies boost Queensland construction jobs

Posted: 17th Dec

The State Government’s $100 million Works for Tradies stimulus kicks into gear, creating jobs for local tradies and homes for vulnerable Queenslanders, at social housing construction sites across the state.  

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the state is accelerating social housing construction, generating over 240 jobs and building 215 homes by the end of 2021.

“This Works for Tradies funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion Housing Construction Jobs Program scheduled to build over 5,500 social and affordable homes over 10 years,” Minister Enoch said.  

“As part of the Works for Tradies program, new construction is commencing in the weeks ahead at Waterford West, Morayfield and Frenchville in Rockhampton.”

Heavy machinery and construction workers will be starting on site with plans finalised for these exciting new projects. $2.17 million has been invested in five x 1-bedroom and two x 2-bedroom apartments in Frenchville.

Almost 20 Full Time Equivalent jobs will be created at these locations and will support more jobs through the building supply chain.

The new homes will provide safe, secure and affordable housing for Queenslanders in need while programs like the Works for Tradies have enabled developers to continue to operate during COVID-19.

Hutchinson Builders Project Manager Dan McKenna said over 90% of the Frenchville build value will be directly spent in the local community with only a small portion being spent elsewhere due to specialty supply items.

“It is being run from Hutchies local office of 11 years which has 14 permanent local employees, four being directly involved in this project.”

Up to 15 local trades will be involved in the construction, with a build time of about six months.

For more information on Works for Tradies, visit https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/about/initiatives/housing-construction-works-for-tradies