Local Housing Waiting Lists Cut by a Third

05/12/2013

New figures reveal the social housing waiting lists in Kallangur and Pine Rivers have decreased by 32% and 29% respectively since the election of the Newman Government.

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the result was a great result for vulnerable families.

"The Newman Government promised to revitalise frontline services for families," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"Sadly, under the former Labor Government, the waiting list had blown out to more than 30,000 households."

"132 of those were right here in Kallangur with 272 in Pine Rivers."

"Thanks to plenty of hard work and some innovative new policies, we've managed to bring that down to 90 households in Kallangur and 193 in Pine Rivers."

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the massive drop in waiting list numbers was due to a combination of more new dwellings, better waiting list management and greater awareness of alternative types of housing assistance.

"Under Labor, what we saw was a "social housing or bust" mentality where long-term, government subsidised housing was seen as the only option," Mr Holswich said.

"Under the Newman Government's Housing 2020 Strategy, the emphasis is on giving people options, and wherever possible, helping them become self-reliant rather than remaining dependent on the Government."

"Obviously there are people who will always need social housing and for whom we have an enduring responsibility, but there are plenty of others who are perfectly capable of sustaining a private tenancy if they get the right help."

Mr Ruthenberg said over the past 12 months more than 5,500 households throughout Queensland had moved off the waiting list and into social housing with another 665 securing places under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

"Others will have found places in the private rental market thanks to some of the other types of assistance we offer," he said.

In the past year the Government has also provided more than 19,000 households with interest free bond loans, issued more than 3,600 rental grants and assisted over 9,000 households through the RentConnect program.

For more information on the various housing assistance products available through the Queensland Government visit http://www.qld.gov.au/housing/