INITIATIVE: Federal member for Blair Shayne Neumann with Parliamentary secretary for housing and homelessness Doug Cameron after the announcing funding for 10 affordable homes in Leichhardt.
INITIATIVE: Federal member for Blair Shayne Neumann with Parliamentary secretary for housing and homelessness Doug Cameron after the announcing funding for 10 affordable homes in Leichhardt. Rob Williams

Funding boost to help battlers into new homes

LEICHHARDT battlers are set to benefit from having access to 10 new and more affordable rental homes that will be built with incentives from the Federal Government's national rental affordability scheme (NRAS).

Blair MP Shayne Neumann was joined by parliamentary secretary for housing and homelessness Doug Cameron yesterday to announce that the Affordable Management Corporation will receive more than $1.03 million worth of incentives over 10 years to provide the low-cost rental housing.

"Housing affordability is a key issue amongst people who are battling to get into a home," Mr Cameron said.

"That includes...lots of older people who have to retire with a mortgage, can't service the mortgage and end up looking for some support. The NRAS scheme provides housing at 20 per cent below the market rate and will eventually supply 50,000 homes across the country."

Mr Neumann, who attended a housing and homelessness forum with Mr Cameron in Ipswich, said the funding was an indication that Labor was "for the poor, the weak and the dispossessed".

"All of us know someone who has been homeless or at risk of homelessness so this is a great social justice initiative that shows what the Rudd Labor Government is all about," he said.

"Leichhardt is not a high socio-economic suburb and is an area that has had its challenges over the years. My family has been involved in Ipswich for generations especially in the Leichhardt region. There is a park named after my family called The Neumann Family Park in Leichhardt. I know it very well."

Mr Cameron said if the Coalition wins government people could expect to see "another Campbell Newman approach writ even larger at a federal level".

"The Coalition have got a $70 billion black hole that they have got to find money for, and services for working-class people in my view will be cut."

"We will have a repeat at the federal level of what we have seen in Queensland (state politics) where jobs are lost and good welfare programs are cut. We are not going to allow that."

LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding said an elected Coalition Government would encourage higher levels of home ownership by working closely with the State Government...to reduce red tape holding up the supply of housing and construction and to increase the land release for new homes.



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