Mackay Housing Interest Network

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Branch History

The Mackay Housing Interest Network was established by eight members in 1994. The branch focus was to develop links with local real estates, provide information on local housing issues, give Queensland Shelter representation at regional housing meetings and participate in community education. Read more »

October 2008

According to Real Estate Institute of Queensland data, Mackay’s vacancy rate has slipped to 0.2 percent increasing competition between existing renters and recently arrived new lessees. There will be an expected increase of some 15,000 new workers over the coming years as mines are expanded and new mines become operational. Read more »

June 2008

Mackay delegate Darryl Lynch reports that the area is facing another wave of mining development, expected to bring another 15,000 jobs to the region. 

 Fifty-five new mines are planned for the Bowen Basin with 33 of these located within the Mackay region, in addition to its current 32 coal mines.  Read more »

February 2008

Mackay has recorded the highest five year rental increase for a two bedroom unit in Australia with the median rental price rising to a feverish 112.5 percent from $120 per week in Mar 2002 to $255 in December of 2007. Three bedroom rentals have increased a staggering 105.9 percent over the same period during which time demand has far surpassed supply.

According to the Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service, rental costs expressed as a percentage of income mean that a young person on Youth Allowance spends an average of 78 percent of their weekly income on a one bedroom unit. Similarly, a single person on Newstart allowance would expect to pay 67 percent of their weekly income for a one bedroom unit. Read more »

Mackay Housing Network

Meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the month at the Housing and Homelessness Service Centre 22-30 Wood Street, Mackay.

Contact Darryl Lynch at lynchd [at] qldnet [dot] com [dot] au for further details

Thu, 09/06/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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