Boonah residential development earmarked for first home buyers

LAND: Jon Krause and Greg Christensen joined developers at the planned Bruckner Hill Estate in Boonah. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
LAND: Jon Krause and Greg Christensen joined developers at the planned Bruckner Hill Estate in Boonah. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

SCENIC Rim Mayor Greg Christensen and MP Jon Krause joined staff from Jon King Real Estate and developer Geoff Kerkow at the site of a new housing development in Boonah.

There are 38 blocks on offer ranging from 800 to 1073 square metres.

Mr Krause acknowledged that some people could be uncomfortable with the idea of a housing development in their neighbourhood but said the development was relatively small. He said the sale would present an opportunity for the next generation of first home buyers who were struggling to buy property at Boonah.

"The blocks are a good size so that fits in with neighbouring properties.

"There's unprecedented support for first home buyers at the moment from state and federal covernments.

"With some new blocks on the market I hope some younger people in our district can take the opportunity to establish a home for the long term."

Cr Christensen said the estate could also attract buyers from further afield.

"We've seen such an interest in this corridor over the past few years," he said.

"Particularly with the COVID event people are realising the liveability and the working from home opportunities.

"The last couple of weekends showed that lockdown made people see what they are missing and we have seen people wanting to escape out here from other council areas.

"Every time another high rise goes up I rub my hands in glee because people want to escape the concrete and glass."

Mr Kerkow said the first lots at Bruckner Hill would be available by the end of the year, in line with the government first home buyers grants.

"We are launching it today to get people talking about it ," he said.

"There have been no other housing developments in Boonah for many years and we're proud if it."

Mr Kerkow said the first 12 blocks should be ready by October-November and the target market would be owner occupiers rather than investors.

"I would think most buyers would be local to the Scenic Rim," he said.