22 November 2023

Minister for Housing

The Honourable Meaghan Scanlon

Old building makes way 23 homes in Cairns

  • Demolition has begun on an old building to make way for new social homes as part of the state’s Big Housing Build
  • The Palaszczuk Government is investing $8.5 million in the development which is being delivered in partnership with Access Community Housing Company


The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with Access Community Housing Company to deliver 23 new social homes in Earlville. 


The $8.5 million development will replace 14 aged dwellings owned by Access Community Housing Company with fit-for-purpose accommodation.


Demolition is currently underway to make way for construction next year.


Access Community Housing Company supported the previous tenants to relocate to suitable alternative accommodation ahead of the demolition.


Quotes attributable to Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon:


“The old homes on this site really needed a refresh so that they could better meet the needs of tenants now and into the future.


“It also gave us the chance to increase the number of units from 14 to 23 so that even more Queenslanders will be able to make their home here.”


Quotes attributable to Member for Cairns Michael Healy:


“This is another great example of this government’s Big Build rolling out across Queensland – including the Far North.


Quotes attributable to ACHC CEO Liz Brown:


“Access Community Housing Company is delighted to be partnering with the Queensland Government to deliver this project at a time of such critical need in the Cairns community.


“The development will deliver one and two bedroom apartments suitable for a range of individuals including older people and those living with a disability, including 4 to a platinum standard.


“It is such a wonderful location, close to shops, services and clinics and will make a significant difference in the lives of those people.”




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