20201222 - GOLD COAST QT-3

Wide Bay and Fraser Coast suffer severe Social Housing shortage

Shadow Minister for Housing Tim Mander

Damning new analysis has exposed critical failures by the State Government to ensure vulnerable Queenslanders have a roof over their head.

New figures unearthed by the Opposition reveal the number of social housing bedrooms in Queensland hasn’t even increased by one percent since 2017.

Only 46 social housing bedrooms have been built in the last five years across the Wide Bay Government Area.

For the Fraser Coast, 32 bedrooms have been built.

Shadow Minister for Housing Tim Mander said the state’s social housing crisis falls firmly at the feet of the government.

“Our most vulnerable Queenslanders are being horribly let down,” Mr Mander said.

“Halfway through the nearly $2 billion, 10-year Queensland Housing Strategy, only 1190 additional bedrooms have been built.

“Social housing stock has flatlined in Queensland despite an eye-watering increase in demand.”

In the same five-year period Queensland’s social housing waiting list has increased by 70% from 29,000 to 50,000.

Even more disturbing, 22 Queensland councils have gone backwards.

Brisbane, which is Australia’s fastest growing capital city, only 59 bedrooms have been built in our capital city.

“This should alarm every Queenslander who finds themselves in need of a roof over their head,” Mr Mander said.

“You can’t trust this government to put a roof over your head when you really need one.

“This data has been sourced by the State Government’s own reports, so the Premier and the Housing Minister can’t dispute it.”

“It’s little wonder the State Government had resorted to poaching private rental supply because of their abject failure to build new housing stock.

“Where have the billions of taxpayer dollars gone?

“Five years in, the Government’s Housing Strategy is in a state of total disarray.

“Housing Minister Leeanne Enoch has been in hiding after becoming embroiled in the State Government’s integrity scandals instead of actually doing her job.

“Vulnerable Queenslanders are losing out because the State Government is too obsessed about how things look, instead how things really are.

“This is a dodgy, rotten third term government that is no longer governing for Queenslanders.”

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