The Queensland Government has announced big ticket cash grants for first home owners, small businesses, seniors needing household repairs and a $100 million program to build social housing around the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaczczuk announced the first home owners grant would be extended for newly-built homes in Queensland.
In addition to the existing $15,000 grant, there is now a $5,000 regional home building grant for those living in any newly built home outside of South East Queensland.
When combined with the Federal Government’s $25,000 grant, people building new homes in regional Queensland could now be eligible for up to $45,000 in government money towards the cost.
Following lobbying from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, the State Government also announced a second round of small business grants.
Eligible small businesses will receive up to $10,000 from a $100 million fund.
Half of the grants will be designated for those based outside the south-east corner.
When the first round of small business grants was announced last month, they were snapped up in just four days.
“In travelling across the regions last week, I heard the message loud and clear that small businesses are hurting and need more support,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Grants for seniors
To support smaller scale projects, a Seniors and Accessibility Renovations Grants program will provide grants of $5,000 for household repairs.
The grants are for seniors who are struggling to afford necessary maintenance.
“This is a program that will help older Queenslanders make improvements to their homes that they may have been putting off due to financial constraints and, in turn, will give our tradies a shot in the arm,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It will support works of up to $5,000 to help with repairs to electrical works, plumbing, improving accessibility, smoke alarms, unsafe flooring and roofing,” she said.
Stimulus for the arts
A “rescue package” has been announced for the arts and recreation sectors, at a cost of $22.5 million.
The Premier said the money would help pay for:
- Live music events
- Temporary outdoor venues
- Funding support to maintain viability
- First Nations art
- Venues trying to safely reopen with social distancing
The Premier said nearly one in five jobs had been lost in the arts and recreation sector in Queensland as a result of COVID-19.
More social housing
The Government said it has allocated a further $100 million to the Works for Tradies housing program to commence over the next six months.
Ms Palaszczuk said the money would be used to pay for social housing contracts across the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Wide Bay, Moreton Bay, Toowoomba and Ipswich.