Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has welcomed a big investment in community housing for the people of Yarrabah.

This week in State Parliament, Minister for Communities and Housing, Karen Struthers, announced funds of $5.6 million for 31 new and extended houses, as well as $1.9 million to refurbish 20 houses in the community.

Mr Pitt said 12 new houses are now ready for residents to move straight in.

“The rest of the new housing and infrastructure will be rolled out over the next four years,” Mr Pitt said.

“Not only are we building more homes for the people of Yarrabah, we’re creating jobs and training opportunities for local tradies and apprentices. These funds couldn’t have come at a better time for Yarrabah with jobs and job security more important than ever,” he said.

“The roll-out will bring long-term benefits to Yarrabah. I’m looking forward to seeing these housing projects take shape. We’re building new homes and sprucing up 20 other houses in the community.

“We’ve been working with the community, the council and the federal government to make sure the new houses are built efficiently and that they make the most of employment opportunities for locals,” he said.

Mr Pitt said the housing projects at Yarrabah are part of the biggest investment in social housing in Queensland for decades.

“The Bligh Government has committed to build 62 houses this financial year in other places too – Aurukun, Doomadgee, Woorabinda and Hope Vale, to name a few,” he said.

“We’re getting on with the job. So far, 35 homes have been completed, which is no mean feat when you think about all the bad weather we’ve had lately.

“It’s all part of our determination and drive to help close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

“There are few things more important than a safe and secure roof over your head,” Mr Pitt said.