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Government Media Release – Win-Win for Woombye Gardens (24 January 2013)

The Woombye Gardens Caravan Park on the Sunshine Coast is set to remain in place following a State Government decision to give a not-for-profit housing provider the opportunity to run the facility.  

The Government will invite a select group of not-for-profit housing providers to submit expressions of interest in the site on the condition that it continues to operate as a caravan park.  

Under the plan, the successful bidder will take possession of the site in exchange for an agreement to build new social housing in key target areas.   

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the EOI would include respected providers Horizon, Four Walls, Churches of Christ Care, Coast2Bay and Bric.  

“This is a win-win situation,” Mr Mander said.  

“Currently, Woombye Gardens doesn’t take people off the social housing waiting list. This will ensure that we boost the supply of social housing in areas where it’s really needed.  

“Meanwhile, residents at the park can have complete peace of mind that their tenancies are secure.” 

There are currently more than 23,000 households on the social housing waiting list in Queensland.   

[ENDS] 24 January 2013

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