More than 20 homes to be demolished or removed in Lockyer Valley

February 28, 2024 10:04 am in by
Photo: The township of Laidley after being inundated by floodwaters in January, 2024. Courtesy of Dusty Daisy.

Twenty four homes in the Lockyer Valley are to be knocked down or moved under the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund.

It comes after the owners agreed to sell their properties to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority through the Voluntary Homes Buy Back scheme.

It also follows the appointment of two demolition companies by Lockyer Valley Regional Council, who will bulldoze 18 homes and remove six others out of flood prone areas.

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The properties are located in Lower Tenthill, Grantham, Glenore Grove, Lockyer Waters and Adare.

Photo: Queensland Reconstruction Authority. Supplied.

Lockyer Valley Council CEO Ian Church said council was tracking well ahead of schedule, with a forecast completion of mid-to-late 2024, nearly two years ahead of the delivery timeframe.

“The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) engaged directly with all impacted councils about the VHBB program to gather flood data and information to identify the most at-risk and vulnerable applicants,” he said.

“Council acted quickly once the homes to be bought back under the program had been identified,” he said.

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Chief Executive Officer Ian Church said what it means is those community members who are vulnerable are being moved from those high-risk locations and further ensures the safety and security of our community.

“The land will be rezoned to a non-habitable use, which brings it in line with council’s new draft Lockyer Valley Planning Scheme and the requirements of the funding program” he said.

To date, under the Voluntary Home Buy Back program, there have been 33 valuation inspections undertaken; 30 offers presented; 24 offers accepted; 24 contracts settled and 16 demolitions/house removals have been completed in the Lockyer Valley.

The VHBB program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, as part of the $741 million Resilient Homes Fund.