The State Government’s audit of government buildings has identified seven sites that could be used for housing.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles says work was underway on an audit of Queensland Government-owned land and buildings to identify housing opportunities.
“Included are sites leased to local councils that could potentially be used for accommodation,” Mr Miles says.
“Hundreds of potential sites have been reviewed, of which seven have been shortlisted for further investigations in Southport, Varsity Lakes, Fortitude Valley, Wynnum, Bundaberg, Mango Hill and Albion. And the audit is continuing.”
Bundaberg is the only regional town to be selected.
Mr Miles says it is one of the key outcomes from the state’s Housing Summit on housing supply, affordability and choice.
“Thanks to this collaborative approach of the Queensland Housing Summit, we are now able to take decisive actions to improve housing supply, security, affordability and diversity.”
Major initiatives of the Queensland Housing Summit Outcomes Report for the State Development Department include:
- The creation of a specialist cross-government Housing Delivery Board that will set targets and deliver results;
- An expansion of the role of the government’s land use planning and property development agency, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ); and
- Planning for a post-Olympic housing stock boost achieved through the use of Olympic village infrastructure.
- The South East Queensland Regional Plan ShapingSEQ, will also be reviewed to ensure responsiveness and enhance the framework for engaging with councils to accelerate the delivery of more housing.