Va­cant homes ready for next wave of work­ers

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EMPTY houses across the re­gion have some rev­el­ling at bar­gain rental prices but Mayor Ray Brown hopes they will soon be oc­cu­pied by fam­i­lies of CSG op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance staff.

Work­ers have be­come scarcer across the Su­rat Basin as CSG con­struc­tion projects wrap up but Cr Brown wants the next wave of work­ers to stick around.

“There are al­ways peaks and troughs in the real es­tate mar­ket and I would like to see a lot of the empty houses filled by fam­i­lies who are go­ing to stick around,” he said.

“Op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance phases are more long term so I would like to see more ini­tia­tives in­tro­duced to en­tice these work­ers and their wives, hus­bands and chil­dren to move to the area.”

As chair­man of the Western Downs Af­ford­able Hous­ing Trust, Cr Brown said empty homes would soon be ready for ser­vice work­ers in Chin­chilla, Wan­doan, Miles and Tara.

“Our aim is to get a roof over people’s heads,” he said.

“But we do have to be mind­ful we don’t keep build­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion when there aren’t enough renters for what’s avail­able.”

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