Emma McBryde
The Queensland Government will begin talks with social services groups this Friday, 16 September, to address the increasing housing crisis.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this week’s roundtable was the first step towards the government’s housing summit in October and would feed into National Cabinet’s consideration of the issue of housing and cost of living.
The roundtable will bring together the premier, deputy premier as well as the public works, communities and housing minister and the Local Government Association of Queensland.
It will also involve key non-government stakeholders including QShelter, QCOSS, the REIQ, Property Council of Australia, Master Builders and the Planning Institute of Australia among others.
It will address critical issues including unlocking land and housing supply, fast-tracking social housing and the urgent need for collaboration on housing by all levels of government and the private sector.
A spokesperson for the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy said there were 560 applications on the housing register in the Rockhampton Local Government Area as at 30 June 2021.
“Importantly, many of those who have registered interest on the housing register have already been assisted to address their immediate housing needs,” they said.
“As well as social housing, we are supporting people to obtain and sustain tenancies in the private rental market.
“In 2021/22, the Rockhampton Housing Service Centre has provided 568 bond loans and 118 rental grants to help people secure a rental home.”
The spokesperson said the government would build 121 new social homes in Central Queensland by 30 June 2025.
“We have already commenced 28 of these homes, in addition to the 51 new social homes commenced in Central Queensland under the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017 to 2027, prior to the commencement of QuickStarts Qld,” they said.
The Property Council of Australia released research last week forecasting 220,000 people will migrate from Sydney and Melbourne to Queensland in the next five years.