Qld identifies 30 parcels of government land for housing
An audit by the Queensland government has uncovered more than 27 hectares of government land across nine council areas for potential housing.
The government says it is currently working with councils and undertaking a detailed investigation to finalise suitable sites across the 30 parcels of land identified.
They include 14 parcels in Brisbane, four on the gold coast, three on the Fraser Coast and one parcel each in Bundaberg, Logan, Maranoa, Moreton Bay, Noosa and Townsville.
Recent research conducted by Queensland’s local government peak LGAQ shows that among residents who rate the liveability of their local area as poor, four out of five (83 per cent) believe housing to be a major issue.
It comes as NSW, which is also facing increasing housing stress, recently announced moves to boost the delivery of housing supply.
NSW Premier Chris Minns told a summit last week that he has written to all ministers ordering an urgent departmental review to identity surplus and under-used public land that can be rezoned for housing, including affordable housing.
Moves to find sites in regional centres
Queensland Local government and planning minister Steven Miles says the state’s housing market is under increasing pressure from labour shortages, inflation, natural disasters and a growing population.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to doing what we can, where we can, to unlock more supply,” he said. “My Department is working with local councils and organisations to ensure we make the best use of what we have.”
A process to shortlist smaller sites in regional centres is also underway.
Meanwhile, local governments across the state have identified 870 parcels of council owned land.
Councils act on housing
According to LAGQ’s 2023 Local Government Housing Strategy there are almost 100, 000 residential lots across all monitored regions in Queensland that have been approved by councils but are not yet completed, with 60,000 of these lots in South East Queensland as at September 2022.
The strategy says Queensland is the most decentralised state in Australia – which means there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to the housing crisis, and councils must be enabled to ensure local communities are at the centre of decisions that impact them.
LGAQ says councils have already introduced a range of measures responding to the housing crisis including the provision of housing grants for residents and investors and incentives for developers.
Noosa councils has also adopted a new local law regulating short-stay letting, which and a group of councils in the state’s north and north-west are piloting the delivery of modular homes.
13,000 more homes in four years
The Queensland land audit is a key outcome of the Queensland Housing Summit held last October.
An outcomes report released after the summit recommended auditing state government-owned land and buildings for opportunities for residential use, and partnering with local governments and NGOs to identify similar opportunities
Queensland housing minister Meaghan Scanlon says the government hopes to have started building another 13,000 homes by 2027.
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