Inside the Queensland town where you can get a block of land for FREE to build your dream home – and it’s already being called ‘the best deal in Australia’
- Quilpie, 1,000km west of Brisbane is offering a generous $12,500 grant
- The grant is for people who purchase a block of land in the town to build on
- Prices of land are as low as $12,500 so the purchase is essentially free
- The grant hopes to encourage a younger demographic to move to the region
An outback region is giving away blocks of land to prospective homeowners, but you’d have to be willing to live in the tiny town of just 800 people.
Quilpie Shire Council, which sits 1,000km west of Brisbane, is offering a $12,500 grant for people who buy land and build in the region.
With prices of land as low as $12,500, the region is essentially giving away plots to potential new homebuilders in the outback Queensland area.
Quilpie, 1000 kilometres west of Brisbane is offering a $12,500 grant if people purchase a plot and land and build homes (pictured, an aerial view of Quilpie) meaning some plots are essentially free
COULD YOU LIVE IN QUILPIE SHIRE?
Location: 1,000km west of Brisbane in outback Queensland
Amenities: Two supermarkets, a butcher, baker, newsagents and hairdressers
Schools: Two schools and an early learning centre
Activities: Tennis and basketball courts, sporting ovals, community gym and free swimming pools
The plan came about to encourage those willing to move to the area to build new homes, after the town suffered a housing for residence who had flocked to the area to enjoy the laidback outback lifestyle.
The grant doesn’t just include Quilpie, but all towns in the council region including Eromanga, Adavale, Toompine and Cheepie.
Quilpie Shire Council CEO Justin Hancock experienced the housing crisis first hand, and was forced to live in the town’s retirement village for the first six months he spent in the area.
‘I made some great friends at the retirement village, and still drop by for a cuppa with some of the residents, but it wasn’t the ideal place for me to live, regardless of how lovely the villa was,’ Mr Hancock told Courier Mail.
The grant is hoping to encourage people to move to the area and build after the region suffered a housing crisis (pictured, the grant’s advertisement)
‘You would be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere in Australia, depending on the cost of the land chosen, it can equate to us essentially giving land away.’
Quilpie Shire Mayor Stuart MacKenzie said the job opportunities in the town would also hopefully entice new residents.
The Quilpie Shire Council is hoping the offer will also bring a younger demographic to the region, and also aims to boost long-term employment in the town.
The town had a mass shortage of homes after people relocated for jobs and the laid-back lifestyle (pictured, a road in Quilpie)
Young couple Tom Hennessy, 23, and Tessa McDougall, 24, said they couldn’t be happier to get in to the property market.
‘Tessa has friends and family in Brisbane who are struggling to get into the property market so we feel very fortunate to be able to do this now,’ Mr Hennessy said.
Mr Hennessy, a technical officer and partner Ms McDougall, a teacher, spoke glowingly of the small town vibe with no crime.