New homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.He said boosting the grant had also encouraged investment in new housing stocks with on-flow benefits for local contractors, subbies and suppliers who rely on the building industry.Mr Pitt said housing affordability was also a motivating factor in many people’s decisions to move to Queensland from southern states.“Already in the 12 months to March this year we’ve seen 15,716 people move up in the world to Queensland, the majority of those were from New South Wales,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“Our First Home Owner’s Grant is far more generous than those currently available in Sydney and Melbourne, and another incentive for southerners to make the move to the Sunshine State.” Migration to Qld highest in years Renters still suffering after cyclone The nation buying 8 per cent of new Qld homes More than 8000 people have accessed the first homebuyer grant in Qld since it was boosted to $20,000.THERE has been a surge in the number of people taking advantage of a boost to the Queensland government’s First Home Owner’s Grant.More than 8000 grants worth $162 million have been approved since July 2016 when the state government increased the incentive for first home buyers to $20,000 from $15,000.Nearly half of those (3100) were approved in the past three months after the grant was extended from June 30 to December 31 in the 2017 state budget.Treasurer Curtis Pitt urged Queenslanders to get in before the increased grant expired, but did not say whether the government was considering extending the grant further.The $20,000 grant is available for people buying newly built dwellings worth up to $750,000.“Greater investment in new housing stocks can help address housing supply issues and can assist in making new home ownership more affordable, at a time when home affordability can be a challenge,” Mr Pitt said. Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.Victoria is catching up though, with the state government this week announcing first home buyers in the state’s regions now have access to a $20,000 grant — double the $10,000 grant available to city dwellers in the state. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell welcomed the strong take-up of the grant since it had been extended, but said a further extension would be even more beneficial.“We pushed hard for an extension,” he said.“Whether we get another extension remains to be seen.”Mr Bidwell urged the state government to consider other incentives, including reducing transaction costs, which were another major impediment to buying a home in Queensland.He also noted that only around 10 per cent of first-home buyers actually purchased new properties.