Housing crisis

Councils offer solutions to housing crisis – Bundaberg Now

The LGAQ has welcomed the news of an urgent roundtable to be organized by the state government to address the housing crisis in Queensland ahead of the housing summit next month.

An Urgent Housing Roundtable will be hosted by the state government on Friday to address Queensland’s housing crisis ahead of next month’s Housing Summit.

The news was announced by Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk on her Facebook page this week.

“Nothing is more important than having a roof over your head – it’s a basic need,” she said.

“We are therefore bringing together all of Queensland’s most important housing decision makers on Friday for an urgent panel discussion ahead of the Queensland Housing Summit in October.”

Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) chief executive Alison Smith said it was a welcome step in the combined efforts of all levels of government, industry and stakeholders to finding solutions to the housing crisis.

She said councils are acutely aware of the impact the housing crisis is having on local communities across the state and have been working hard to help find and provide solutions.

“Our members have urged all levels of government and industry to tackle the growing housing crisis in Queensland,” Ms Smith said.

“The roundtable and summit announced today by Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk are welcome critical steps to ensure that all levels of government, industry and stakeholders work together to deliver safer, livable homes. and available.

“As the Prime Minister said today, catalytic infrastructure funding is essential to help unlock land for development, and councils have a reputation for opening up more land for homes when they have the tools and funding to do so.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey also welcomed news of the housing summit and roundtable and said it was a step in the right direction to create solutions.

“As a member of the LGAQ Policy Executive and a board member of the Australian Local Government Association, I have long advocated for a National Housing Summit to help all levels of government, industry and community community to come together to address the challenges our state is currently facing, he said.

“The housing crisis is beyond the ability of any single council to solve, but Queensland Local Government is ready, willing and able to play the part we can.”

Mayor Dempsey said he was confident that Bundaberg Regional Council had worked proactively on some of the key actions identified for local governments, including maintaining land availability through forward planning.

Ms Smith added that the LGAQ would bring to the roundtable the innovative housing solutions the Premier had requested to bring more people into homes and ensure community quality of life and a great lifestyle across Queensland. .

The LGAQ released a six-point action plan in February of this year, calling for state and federal support to help councils deal with the housing crisis.

This included support to unlock abandoned, unused and empty properties and a national housing summit.

The complete plan in six points:

  • A national housing summit to create a national housing strategy with all levels of government, industry and community groups;
  • Quadruple investments in social housing with an additional $4.8 billion over four years;
  • Expand first-time homeowner subsidy to existing homes, renovations and renovations;
  • Unlock abandoned, unused and empty properties;
  • an additional $100 million per year for five years through Closing the Gap funding for Indigenous communities; and
  • $200 million over four years to help councils develop and implement innovative housing partnerships.