•   Residents left in the dark over Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans for public housing apartments on prime Bayside land
  •   Proposal only allows for 6 x 1-bedroom units

  •   Not a responsible use of taxpayers money

    Shadow Housing Minister Stephen Bennett met with concerned Victoria Point residents at a ‘call to action’ over the planned public housing apartments in Boat Street, Victoria Point this morning (15/08/16) organised by Member for Redlands Matt McEachan.

    Local residents approached Mr McEachan and Cr Lance Hewlett, who attended the meeting to hear community concerns, last month after it was revealed the Palaszczuk Labor Government had purchased prime land with water views in Victoria Point.

    Mr Bennett said there is a huge need for crisis housing, and purchasing Bayside properties at premium prices was not going to alleviate the public housing waiting lists.

    The purchase of this property is not a responsible use of taxpayer’s money,Mr Bennett said.

    The Government has not taken into account vital factors such as access to health facilities and public transport.

    Mr McEachan said locating public housing at Boat Street meant residents would have to travel at least an hour by public transport to Redland Hospital and around 50 minutes to get to Cleveland Train Station.

    The purchase of this property just doesn’t make sense, and local residents have been completely left in the dark over the plans.

    It’s another example of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s lack of openness and transparency.

    [ENDS] 15 August 2016