A community housing project in Woorabinda is creating jobs and training opportunities for local tradespersons and apprentices, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said today.

Mr Pitt said that 13 new houses had been built, and another six will be constructed before the end of the next financial year.

“These homes, as well as relieving overcrowding in Woorabinda, are creating employment opportunities and helping locals gain new skills to boost their employment prospects in the future,” Mr Pitt said.

“The homes are being constructed by QBuild and they’re working with Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council to ensure as many locals as possible are involved in the construction, gaining skills in areas like cabinetmaking, carpentry and painting,” he said.

Mr Pitt said another 42 houses in the community would be refurbished, at a cost of around $2.5 million.

“The Bligh Government has committed to build 62 houses this financial year in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in places like Aurukun, Doomadgee, Yarrabah and Hope Vale, to name a few,” he said.

“We’re getting on with the job. More than 35 homes have been completed, which is no mean feat considering all the bad weather we saw over the summer.

“Closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage is our priority and there are few more important things than a safe and secure roof over your head.”