Jackson Hills and Rebecca Field, from PIF, join Shaun Bliesner and Jason Erbacher, from South Burnett CTC, in turning the first sod on the duplex project

May 9, 2024

Construction work will begin soon on a new duplex in Kingaroy which will help young people make the transition from homelessness into permanent housing.

A sod-turning ceremony was held at the site, in Haly Street, on Thursday morning.

The vacant block will house a pair of two-bedroom units, with the potential for further expansion.

“Haven House Kingaroy” is a joint project between South Burnett CTC and the Property Institute Foundation.

CTC already operates three transitional houses in Kingaroy.

The transitional housing program works in conjunction with CTC’s local hostel, which assists young people aged 15 to 25 who are facing homelessness.

CTC CEO Jason Erbacher said after these young people get back on their feet, they move into the transitional program.

“That allows a safe place for young people to go into, supported by CTC and get their rental history up,” Jason said.

It also builds their tenancy skills and the confidence to then go out and find their own private rentals.

Jason thanked the South Burnett Regional Council for their support during the planning process and the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) for their financial partnership.

PIF has been working with businesses in the building and construction industry for more than 25 years to increase the supply of accommodation for homeless youth across Australia.

PIF Board member Jackson Hills said youth homelessness was one of the fastest growing categories of homelessness in Australia.

“Where we can, we try to find an opportunity to help these kids turn their lives around,” Jackson said.

“We are incredibly passionate about this project.”

The duplex will be constructed by local builder Peter Hay.

Peter said he expected it would take about 25 weeks to complete.

South Burnett Regional Council representatives joined PIF and CTC at the ceremony … from left, Rebecca Field (PIF), Cr Ros Heit, Jason Erbacher (CTC), Jackson Hills (PIF), Cr Linda Little, Mayor Kathy Duff, Deputy Mayor Danita Potter, Cr Deb Dennien and Shaun Blienser (CTC)
Builder Peter Hay, second from left, joins in the sod turning at the launch event


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