Affordable housing funded

Article image - Affordable housing funded Alistair Brown (Origin Energy), Peter Schumer (Surat Basin Homes), Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan and Nino Di Marco (Horizon Housing) onsite at ‘Lander No. 4’

Residents in Roma will have access to more affordable housing options following the construction of the ‘Lander No. 4’ housing project.

‘Lander No. 4’ is an initiative of Maranoa Regional Council (providing the land), Origin on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG (Liquid Natural Gas, providing $1.87 million funding to build the development) and not for profit organisation Horizon Housing, who will develop the project and own and manage the properties ongoing.

Deputy Mayor Scott Wason, Portfolio Chair for Housing, said the development will help address the growing population of the Maranoa region by providing additional housing solutions.

“It is fantastic that Council, along with Australia Pacific LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and Horizon Housing are working together to provide our residents with another option for buying and renting in the Maranoa.

“Given the development is located across from one of Roma’s first oil wells (Lander Oil Company No. 4 Oil Well), the site’s name is a symbol, to both residents of Roma and to visitors, of a community in transition to greater things on the back of the resources boom.”

The ‘Lander No. 4’ development will feature 18 two and three bedroom townhouses over two stages, for affordable sale and rent.

Origin Community Relations Manager Scott Bird said the development is providing another opportunity for local businesses to benefit from Origin’s investment in the region.

“The large number of suppliers from across the Surat Basin working on the project, further demonstrates our commitment to supporting local content.”

Jason Cubit, Horizon Housing CEO, said that Horizon Housing is committed to working with the local community, alongside Origin and Maranoa Regional Council, to deliver quality housing solutions.

“By providing key workers, local residents, families and seniors the opportunity to rent at a significant discount from market rent or buy quality homes at a reasonable price, Horizon Housing is helping the region secure a brighter and more sustainable future.”

Construction has commenced on the first stage, with practical completion due early next year.