Housing Supply Expert Panel expanded to cope with population growth

Published Thursday, 08 September, 2022 at 07:03 AM

Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure
The Honourable Dr Steven Miles

A refreshed Housing Supply Expert Panel will take on housing challenges across Queensland.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said he had directed the State’s Housing Supply Expert Panel to provide advice about what more Councils should do to address housing supply.

“Addressing housing supply and affordability should be the number one priority of local government right now.

“Some councils have out of date housing strategies that need to be updated given the population growth we have seen.

“The Palaszczuk Government stands ready to work with and assist Councils to deliver affordable homes to meet population growth, as we are doing in Moreton Bay region.

“Last year I launched the Growth Areas Team to help proactively address land supply challenges and better coordinate stakeholders to bring new land supply to market.

“Caboolture West is the first Priority Growth Area the Growth Areas Team has identified. They’re unlocking 30,000 lots already.”

Mr Miles said the South East Queensland Regional Planning Committee was meeting Friday to discuss planning to match infrastructure to population growth.

“I met LGAQ specifically on housing three weeks ago offered to assist Councils to expand housing supply,” he said.

“I look forward to hearing the solutions and ideas Mayors bring to the Regional Planning meeting on Friday.”

In Cairns for the Far North Queensland Regional Planning Committee, the Deputy Premier also announced expanded the remit of the Expert Panel to the entire state.

“The housing shortage isn’t just in the South East. People are moving to the regions too and we need to support all our Council’s to increase housing supply,” he said.

“The Far North Queensland Councils are aware of this and I welcome their suggestion to expand the panel’s work to the whole state.

“We’ve also invested $200,000 to assist the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils deliver local housing action plans.”


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