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Call for action on Queensland’s housing crisis

11th March 2021

The LNP is fighting for every Queenslander who cannot find a place to live.

Hard-working, honest Queenslanders are being forced to live in their cars, in garages or with family and friends as the number of new housing lots falls to the lowest levels since records began.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said it was shameful that Labor had ignored the plight of so many Queenslanders by not releasing new land.

He said the State Government’s poor planning and lack of infrastructure was to blame for Queensland’s housing crisis.

“We haven’t seen this lack of investment in infrastructure for a generation,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“We need to make more land available and we need to build the roads, water and sewerage to support it.”

In Parliament today, Labor could not answer basic questions like where Queenslanders can afford to buy or rent a home or what they’re doing to fix it.

“Labor is losing control of housing affordability,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“We must build the infrastructure that protects the lifestyle of the people who are already here and that gives opportunities for our kids to get into the market now and into the future.”

Official figures show the number of new housing lots have plummeted 22.4%, with some of the highest population growth areas hardest hit.

In a decade on decade comparison, the number of lot registrations in Queensland fell by 77,699. In the period 2001 to 2010, the number of lot registrations was 346,947. In the corresponding period of 2011 to 2020, that number was 269,248.



The Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland figures show:

• Housing lot registrations on the Gold Coast have fallen 37% in the decade on decade comparison, while its population soared by almost 15% in the same period.

• The Sunshine Coast is down 20% while its population increased by 15%.

• Cairns is down a staggering 68.7% while experiencing population growth of 10%.

• And Townsville has fallen 54% with an 8% increase in population.

• Moreton Bay, one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland with a population increase of 17% recorded a 13% fall in housing lot registrations.

• Only six of the 41 regions analysed across Queensland showed an increase in housing lot registrations.