Queensland Housing Roundtable: Take the 7NEWS poll to give your thoughts on Queensland’s housing crisis
To resolve Queensland’s housing crisis, a second housing roundtable is set to be held on Tuesday, with more than 40 representatives from government agencies, top-level bodies and support organizations preparing for the meeting.
This is happening as the state’s housing crisis deepens, tent cities take over public spaces in major cities and service providers are stretched to the limit.
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One of the possible solutions currently being presented is the use of remanufactured houses, which can be built in just 12 weeks.
The factory-made, transportable homes can be shipped across the state and hooked up to utility companies.
Proposed as a possible solution to housing affordability issues in the Queensland region, they will initially house government employees such as police, nurses and teachers.
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The prototypes are expected to be completed in June and it is hoped they will unlock other housing opportunities as rental inflation picks up across the state.
“One of the biggest costs for the Queensland government is building remote and regional housing,” Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Monday at the opening of the Brisbane factory that will build many of these homes.
“By pre-manufacturing it here… with our apprentices and craftsmen, it’s a good win for the local people and a good win for the Queensland economy.”
Palaszczuk’s comments come ahead of Tuesday’s follow-up meeting to the housing crisis summit, which took place last November. Proposals are also coming to cap rent increases from once every six months to once a year.
However, the impact of the previously announced measures remains unclear.
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles could not say how many granny flats had been let after planning rules were changed to allow second homes on the open market last year.
“We do not collect this data on a national level. Some local governments will have access to some of this data,” he said.
“We never said granny flats were the only solution, just that it was one small thing we could do to solve the supply problem.”
Palaszczuk also wasn’t sure how many people had been helped by the announced additional $10 million for emergency shelters, instead urging reporters to ask the organizations that received the funds.
The prefab factory could prepare house frames, kitchens and bathrooms in advance, and homes that normally take a year to build would be completed in 12 weeks, Public Works Secretary Mick de Brenni said.
“Furthermore, we’re able to deliver these homes 20 percent cheaper, and that’s just starting to happen. We expect to be able to deliver them faster and cheaper as we scale up,” he said.
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