Far North Queensland will have more affordable places for people at risk of becoming homeless with today’s opening of a new $2.89 million complex in Edmonton.

The complex was opened by State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt who said the 12 two-bedroom apartments delivered more affordable, safe and secure homes for local people.

“Today sees yet another social housing project delivered in Far North Queensland as part of the State and Federal Government’s social housing roll-out,” Mr Pitt said.

“These new units provide homes for people in Edmonton on low incomes or who may be disadvantaged in the private rental market.”

Mr Pitt said he had a particular affinity with the complex having spent a day on site during construction as part of the Bligh Government’s Walk a Day in My Shoes program.

“It was great to get out for the day and mix with the construction team who built the complex. To see how the finished project has all come together is very satisfying,” he said.

“With many people doing it tough, today’s opening shows the Bligh Government is doing everything it can to put a roof over the heads of people at risk of homelessness and delivering the support they need.

“Two of the units are fully adaptable and another four are semi-adaptable for people with a disability in the complex which is managed by Access Community Housing Company.”

Housing Minister Karen Struthers said the $2.89 million project had delivered 18 jobs for Queenslanders in the building industry and was one of several State Government housing initiatives achieved with the support of Australian Government funding.

“For people at risk of homelessness, the Australian Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan gives new hope, having delivered funding for this complex and another 4000 new dwellings now being built and opened across Queensland,” she said.

“Of these new dwellings around 205 will be completed in the Cairns area.”

Ms Struthers said more than $1 billion in the 2011-12 state budget would build upon other initiatives now underway so all Queenslanders can have a place to call home.

“The rollout of homes and jobs for Queenslanders is part of the largest investment in housing infrastructure for decades and we continue to forge ahead in partnership with the Federal Government to increase the supply of affordable accommodation,” she said.