The transformation of Brisbane North Rental Village (BNRV) reached a key development milestone on Thursday 10 June with the opening of a new community centre.
Brisbane North Rental Village Portfolio Manager Residential Communities Nicole Jentz, staff and residents were joined by Councillor Bart Mellish, Member for Aspley, to officially unveil the commemorative plaque and open the $80,000 community hub.
Ms Jentz said she was excited to open the new community centre which has been specifically designed to create a gathering place for residents, featuring kitchen, dining, and lounge zones for residents to enjoy.
“Since taking over management of the community in 2019 it’s been our priority to deliver affordable, flexible rental living without sacrificing that all important feeling of community and connection.
“The opening of this communal space marks an important milestone for Brisbane North Rental Village and is a meaningful continuation of the work we’ve been doing to revitalise and refresh available options for renters in Brisbane’s north,” Ms Jentz said.
“The traditional rental experience can be quite solitary, and more often than not, Aussies aren’t making those neighbourly connections with those around them.
“We saw an opportunity to provide a place for our residents to connect with one another. Whether individual residents use this room once a month, or every day – each neighbourly interaction goes a long way to creating a community.”
BNRV is a home for people looking for long-term rental options, many of whom struggle to find flexible accommodation within the traditional rental market, including interstate workers and families relocating from out of town, who need somewhere secure and comfortable on a short-term basis.
“Brisbane’s private rental market continues to tighten which is creating strong competition for available properties – both on price and lease terms, and with the job instability and financial hardship resulting from COVID, finding affordable and flexible living is a challenge for many Queenslanders.
“With a range of condos, cabins, caravans, and chalets, we’re offering a real solution for residents looking for contemporary, open plan, low-maintenance living at an affordable price.
“But we’re also committed to creating a place that can offer community and connections for those who call Brisbane North Rental Village home.
In addition to the new community room, as part of the community-wide upgrades, the development of a new precinct at BNRV is underway and is set to include 52 one and two-bedroom homes on site.
“In response to ongoing demand, the new precinct will provide brand new safe and comfy homes for people who are finding themselves pushed out of the private rental market.
“We find that people are looking for secure and affordable living – but it’s the friendship, support and sense of community belonging that we work hard to create, that makes residents stay here long-term.”