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Peak groups uniting for unprecedented call for national housing summit

By March 30, 2022No Comments2 min read

View CCIQ Media Release here.

Queensland’s worsening housing crisis has led to eleven of the state’s peak bodies uniting in a call for urgent action from the Federal Government.

The peak bodies have written to the Federal Minister for Housing, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar, and the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Jason Clare, urgently seeking a National Housing Summit to kickstart a collaboration of all tiers of government and industry.

The letter details the impact of a ‘perfect housing storm’ on Queensland and its resulting social challenges for individuals, families and local communities state-wide.

Queensland peak bodies uniting in call for National Housing Summit

The Queensland peak groups joining the LGAQ’s call for a National Housing Summit are:

  • Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
  • Queensland Resources Council
  • Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ)
  • Growcom
  • Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland (WRIQ)
  • Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ)
  • Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
  • QShelter
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)

Read the joint letter:

CCIQ Policy and Advocacy General Manager Amanda Rohan said regional Queensland communities and economies were disproportionally impacted.

“Regional Queensland has been struggling with an on-going skills shortage since before COVID but businesses, economies and communities in those regions have had to fight even harder to attract the right people since the onset of COVID in Queensland more than two years ago,” Ms Rohan said.

“A lack of housing accessibility in those regions makes it all the more difficult for the right skills to relocate to the right places, when and where they’re needed most.

“It means businesses and the communities which rely on them will struggle to trade day-to-day and plan to be competitive, resilient and diversified long-term.

“We know the situation was compounded following the recent natural disaster event in south east and regional Queensland when many families were displaced and joined those already looking for housing and that’s happened across multiple areas.”