Vacant homes ready for next wave of workers
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.”