Making houses affordable

Dave Young with the restored tandem set for auction.

By Margaret Maccoll

Bike enthusiasts Dave Young and Lindell Gittoes combined their love of cycling with their efforts to find people affordable accommodation at this year’s Strade Bianche event when they auctioned a tandem steel framed bike restored by Dave.

Dave said riding tandem enabled the couple to share the experience of riding. it enabled them to talk to each other while riding, gave Lindell more confidence to ride on the road and with a trailer, allowed them to bring their dogs along.

Having found a tandem online Dave spent time and quite a bit of money restoring it before it was auctioned on the weekend with funds going to Purpose property management and sales. Managed by Lindell the not-for-profit real estate agency was set up two years ago and works with community housing group Coast 2 Bay.

The registered charity has 34 rental properties on their books including 13 in Noosaville and three in Cooroy. Under a government funded program property owners are offered a financial incentive from the government and their properties are rented at a 25 per cent saving on market rent to people who are eligible for affordable housing.

Lindell said there was a great need for affordable housing, particularly at the very expensive Noosa end of the Sunshine Coast and they hoped to soon have some houses available in Tewantin. For more information visit


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