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Mar 16, 2012
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Candidates offer no relief as Queensland mining boom forces rents to rise

Renters in regional Queensland are experiencing massive increases in rents due to the mining boom and Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on candidates in the election to act to ensure that regional communities do not become too expensive to live in.

New analysis from Australians for Affordable Housing using bond data show that Western Downs, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay council areas are all seeing massive increases- of up to 46 per cent- in rents for both houses and flats in the 12 months from 2010 to 2011.

The biggest increases were for 2 bedroom flats in Gladstone (up 46 per cent) followed by 3 bedroom houses in Gladstone (up 44 per cent). Two bedroom flats in Western Downs rose by 33 per cent and in Mackay by 15 per cent and Rockhampton by 14 per cent. A full list is attached.

“Growth in mining is helping to support employment but rising rents have an impact on entire communities regardless of whether they are benefiting from the boom,” said Sarah Toohey campaign manager for Australians for Affordable Housing

“With over 9,000 renters in these towns in housing stress, rising rents only push struggling families further out, away from jobs. This leaves mining towns without essential service staff.

“Queensland needs communities that have affordable housing for everyone, yet none of the major parties have released election policies to fix the rental market. Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on both major parties to commit to increasing the supply of affordable rental housing.

“These are policies Queensland desperately needs if regional communities are to be places of opportunity and not simply where those with high paying mining jobs can afford to live,”

Queensland regions with fastest rent increases

Darling Downs

2 bedroom flat 3 Bedroom house
Rent ($) New Bonds Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011 Rent ($) New Bonds Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011
Western Downs Regional Council $ 250 52 32% $300 149 13%
Toowoomba Regional Council $ 210 337 5% $ 275 596 6%

 

Central Queensland

2 bedroom flats 3 bedroom houses
Locality Rent ($) New Bonds Lodged Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011 Rent ($) New Bonds Lodged Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011
Gladstone Regional Council area $350 136 46% $460 235 44%
Rockhampton Regional Council Area $250 262 14% $325 423 8%

 
Northern Queensland

2 bedroom flats 3 bedroom houses
Locality Rent ($) New Bonds Lodged Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011 Rent ($) New Bonds Lodged Change Dec 2010 to Dec 2011
Mackay Regional Council Area $ 450 355 15% $ 330 239 12%


 

Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au

Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0427 563 989 Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004

Follow AAH on Facebook and Twitter: @housingstressed

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