Chris Whiting wants the ‘green thumbs’ of the Deception Bay public housing community to ‘show off’ their gardens and enter the My Home Awards.
Mr Whiting said that the awards were designed to recognise those who went above and beyond to create gardens and care for them.
“These awards are really popular in our local communities and I was so glad the Palaszczuk government brought back the awards after they were axed by the previous government”, he said.
“We’re confident we’re going to have a lot of entries this year –there’s always a lot of interest out there,” Mr Whiting said.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said “The awards are open to more than 50,000 Queensland families and single people living in public housing dwellings across the state.
“This year, everyone living in public housing served by our 22 Housing Service Centres throughout Queensland will be able to enter,” Mr de Brenni said.
“More than 500 adults, children and families entered last year’s competition, which covered eight categories.
“This year we’ve also added new categories to recognise the different conditions across the state.
“These include alternative, water-wise, succulent categories, and bush tucker in the edible garden category.” Mr de Brenni said
Chris Whiting said all tenants could enter and wants more entries from residents in Deception Bay and the Murrumba electorate.
“It does not matter what type of home you live in, where you live or whether you have traditional home gardens or balcony gardens, he said
People living in public housing will be mailed their entry forms or enter online at www.qld.gov.au/housing or pick up an entry form at their Housing Services Centre or Housing hub.
Entry forms will be available from August, with entries closing on 30 September 2016.
The winners will be announced at award ceremonies held by the Housing Service Centres in October and November.
For more information, go to www.qld.gov.au/housing