The Palaszczuk Labor Government is delivering a $1.1 million social housing project that will create more accommodation and employment opportunities for Wujal Wujal locals.

Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said work would soon get underway to develop eight new housing lots in the Far North Queensland community.

“This much-needed new development will deliver more housing in Wujal Wujal, along with more employment and training opportunities for local residents,” he said.

“Wujal Wujal has its share of accommodation challenges, including overcrowding, homelessness, poor housing conditions and a severe housing shortage.

“This project will tackle these issues head-on by helping to put a roof over more people’s head, while creating jobs and giving others a path towards employment.”

Mr Pitt said three construction trainees had already been engaged by the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council to advance the project.

“This will allow these trainees to work on all aspects of the development of the subdivision, including civil works and housing construction,” he said.

“It will enable them to acquire the valuable skills and training they need to build a future career.

“Civil works are expected to be complete by July and the construction of housing will commence soon after.”

Mr Pitt said the project was being funded through the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Remote Indigenous Housing.

“Queensland Labor will continue to negotiate hard with the Commonwealth to get better outcomes for Indigenous communities in Queensland,” he said.

“We want an ongoing commitment from the federal government to support the NPA on Remote Indigenous Housing and we’ll continue to fight for this.

“The Palazczuk Government will continue to invest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to deliver more jobs, services, and economic opportunities.”