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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6424

Ms MACKLIN (Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) (11:45 AM) —I thank the member for Maranoa again for his interest in this critical area of housing. As to the organisations in his electorate of Maranoa who may be applying for money under the new social housing initiative from the Commonwealth, I will check with him as to which community housing organisations might be applying for this money. I do not have all the details of every community housing organisation that is applying. I let him know that this is being rolled out in stages. The first stage has been rolled out. The emphasis in the first stage was on upgrades and repairs for housing. Once again, we can get some details for the member on how much of that is happening in different parts of Queensland.

There will be a second stage which the Minister for Housing is responsible for. The guidelines are being finalised for the second stage and, of course, applications will be called for in the normal way. It will be worked through with the states and territories. Some of it will be public housing in the traditional sense; some of it will be community housing. So there will be opportunities for community housing organisations to apply. The Minister for Housing has made it clear that she is a very strong supporter of community housing and wants to see community housing organisations increase their share of social housing. But, as to the detail of which organisations in the member’s electorate are applying or may have been successful so far, I will get the information back to him.