Industry responds to Qld Housing Strategy

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the release of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027.

Property Council Queensland Executive Director, Chris Mountford, says the strategy provides much needed assurance on the Government’s policy direction on the complex issue of housing.

“The strategy acknowledges that the private sector holds the key to delivering the Government’s social and affordable housing objectives,” Mr Mountford says.

“Partnering with the property industry to achieve housing solutions is a key focus of the strategy, and is the only real solution available to achieve the Government’s vision.”

“The strategy contains welcome recognition that a housing continuum exists from homelessness through to home ownership and a range of different policy solutions and responses is required across this spectrum.”

Many of the initiatives outlined in the strategy present opportunities for the State Government to better utilise its own land holdings to achieve their housing objectives.

“A lack of cooperation between government agencies to identify and discharge surplus land has undermined previous Government initiatives to put their land assets to work for the Queensland economy,” Mr Mountford says.

“The Treasurer needs to consider ways to ensure all agencies and arms of the government are pulling as one on the initiatives contained within the Housing Strategy.”

“Many of the actions contained in the Strategy and Action Plan will require a significant amount of further work by the Government to progress.”

One issue identified in the strategy is the need to provide a range of housing to suit our ageing demographic.

“It is important that any changes to the legislation governing seniors housing ensures investment continues to flow into seniors housing.”

“The Property Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Government to ensure the outcomes contained in the strategy boost the delivery of housing across the entire housing continuum.”