- Monday 25 January 2010
The Sunshine Coast Housing Affordability Taskforce has welcomed the Queensland Government’s recent investment in social housing on the Sunshine Coast.
Council’s Social Strategy Portfolio holder and Housing Affordability Taskforce Chair, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, thanks the Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women Karen Struthers for the investment and said it will go towards achieving more options for local residents.
“The 2009 Sunshine Coast Housing Needs Assessment Study recognises that there is an immediate need to improve affordable and secure housing options for our community and that the Sunshine Coast needs to increase its supply of social housing,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“A large number of Sunshine Coast residents and families are doing it very tough—far too many residents going without due to overpriced and or unavailable housing.
“People need access to secure housing options to enable them to get on with their lives.
“When there are affordability problems children suffer from changing schools, friends and social networks are broken, parents travel too far for work and overcrowding in homes can damage people’s health.
“The Housing Needs Assessment sets the target to achieve the same provision of social housing as the Queensland average by 2011 and the rest of Australia by 2016.
“This means that there is an immediate need for about 2400 additional social housing dwellings.
“This support, made possible through the Australian Government’s Nation Building Program and administered by the state government, will help to ease some of the housing pressures faced by Sunshine Coast residents.
“It will help to keep our communities together and stimulate the local Sunshine Coast economy.”
More details on the new social housing investment will be available in coming months and construction is expected to start by the end of 2010.
The Housing Affordability Taskforce includes representatives from the state government. All taskforce members are committed to working together with council, state and federal agencies towards reducing the Coast’s housing shortfalls.