MAKING IT HAPPEN: Hoping to get a Habitat committee set up in the Lockyer Valley are David Curtain and Wayne Ehrlich.
MAKING IT HAPPEN: Hoping to get a Habitat committee set up in the Lockyer Valley are David Curtain and Wayne Ehrlich. Derek Barry

Habitat looks to build affordable houses in Lockyer Valley

A NON-FOR-PROFIT group is hoping to set up shop in the Lockyer Valley to provide a new source of affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Queensland chair David Curtain and Ipswich Habitat volunteer Wayne Ehrlich were in Gatton on Thursday to drum up support for the concept which would involve setting up a branch in the Lockyer Valley.

Mr Curtain said Habitat for Humanity Australia provided home ownership to low income families throughout its network of affiliates across the country.

"We invite people to build homes together in partnership with families in need," Mr Curtain said.

"We use donations of money and materials and volunteer labour under trained supervision to build homes with the help of the homeowner families."

Mr Curtain said families are chosen according to their need, their ability to repay the loan and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.

"We're here in Gatton because we want to start a committee to advance the work of Habitat locally," he said.

"We want people to sit down with us and tell us about how to build affordable housing in the Lockyer Valley."

Mr Curtain said they aimed to have a public meeting early in the new year to get the ball rolling.

"If anyone has any land to offer, we'd love to hear from them," he said.

Reach out

If you are interested in getting involved in the committee or would like to know more, contact David Curtain on 0427 800 277 or email david.curtain@ habitatqueensland.org.au.


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