Notes from the Emergency Housing Security Stakeholders Meeting
Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts, The Honourable Leeanne Enoch convened a meeting with Emergency Housing Security Stakeholders on 2 March 2022, to discuss the housing challenges created by recent Queensland rainfall and flooding.
The Housing Security Stakeholders in attendance included representatives from Q Shelter, Tenants Queensland, Real Estate Institute of Queensland, Associated Residential Parks Queensland, Residential Tenancies Authority and Queensland Council of Social Service.
Meeting participants recognised the extraordinary circumstances many Queenslanders are facing. The meeting was an important opportunity to share solutions, challenges and options available to assist people impacted by the severe weather event, including those who may require support with short term accommodation or longer-term housing needs.
Importantly, the meeting demonstrated a united housing sector that is focussed on realising the best possible outcomes for all who have been impacted.
Attendees acknowledged that impacts on tight local housing markets will be further challenged by these events. Currently, the Queensland Government is investigating all options for increasing access to housing supply, with a focus on ensuring people are suitably accommodated. These efforts include:
- working with local hotel and motel partners and the Queensland Government travel provider to book appropriate hotel accommodation for short term accommodation needs in affected areas
- exploring capacity of previous quarantine accommodation and the quarantine facility at Wellcamp
- exploring innovative ideas and collaborative communication efforts to increase the availability of properties on the private rental market, which may be currently vacant, used for holiday or short-term letting.