Media coverage

Warwick Daily News 12/07/13: Roma rents remain highest in Queensland

Roma rental accommodation prices show no sign of dropping despite a softening in the resources boom.

JUNE quarter data from the Residential Tenancies Authority indicates high rental costs are still a hard reality for the Roma region. Read more »

ABC 11/07/13: Resources slowdown expected to ease mining town rents

Queensland Shelter says a slowdown in the mining boom may ease rental prices in resource regions.

June quarter data reveals rents in the Surat and Bowen basins have eased slightly in some towns but remain well above market price.

Almost half of listed mining services companies are forecasting profit downgrades and some miners are scaling back operations and their workforce. Read more »

Townsville Bulletin 1/7/13: Three strikes housing policy hits home

Public housing tenants who misbehave risk being kicked out of their taxpayer-funded homes from today when a new three strikes policy comes into effect.

Under the policy a social housing tenant who receives three breaches within a 12-month period will be evicted. Read more »

Courier Mail 1/7/13: Unruly public housing tenants risk being shown the door as State Government acts to modify their behaviour

Public housing tenants who misbehave risk being kicked out of their taxpayer-funded homes from Monday when a tough new three strikes policy comes into effect.

Under the policy a social housing tenant who receives three breaches within a 12-month period will be evicted. Read more »

Courier mail 28/06/13: Queensland government has announced strategy to cut homelessness in half by 2020

THE state government has committed to halving homelessness by 2020. Under the strategy at least 13 new support accommodation facilities will be built to house people as they transition from the streets to permanent housing. Of these, three will be funded by the state government which estimates at least 20,000 people are homeless in Queensland. In Townsville and Cairns 40-bed facilities will be built and Redcliffe will receive a 20-bed centre.

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The Chronicle 21/06/13 - More than $151,000 raised for homeless at Vinnies Sleepout

MORE than 100 business leaders relived their childhoods, camping out at Gold Park complete with sleeping bags, soup and snoring. The annual Toowoomba Vinnies Community Sleepout on Thursday evening raised a staggering $151,000 for homeless men and women. While some braved the elements and slept out in the rain with some cardboard, the majority kept dry under a large marquee. St Vincent de Paul Toowoomba receptionist Peta Whatmore was one of 108 participants involved and said they smashed their original target of $100,000. Read more »

ABC Southern Queensland 21/06/13: My night of homelessness

By David Iliffe

It's no secret that the Gold Park turf is fairly unforgiving.

Ask any of the Clydesdales players, or their opponents, who have had various parts of their bodies ground into it too many times to count over the years.

But last night, I and more than 100 other Toowoomba locals from all walks of life, experienced that hard field for a whole night in the Vinnie's Community Sleepout. Read more »

4ZZZ 06/06/2013 - Social housing changes for Queensland

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced in his Budget speech on Tuesday the State Government will reform Queensland’s housing industry, turning management of social housing over to community groups and disbanding its tenant advocacy service.

Mr Nicholls also announced plans to construct more social housing in South-East Queensland. Read more »

612 ABC Brisbane 26/04/2013: The most expensive places to rent

The huge rise in house and rental prices in the state's resource regions is common knowledge. 

But just how expensive is to rent a home in those parts of Queensland? And what about those people who live in the resource regions, but are not employed in the mining or LNG sector? 

Warren Boland is talking to Adrian Pisarski, the Executive Officer of the housing campaign organisation, Queensland Shelter. Read more »

ABC 18/04/13 - Qld Shelter says families face rising rent pressure

There has been a jump in the cost of renting larger homes in Brisbane. Figures show the median cost of a four-bedroom property has risen to about $500 a week, which is $50 higher than at the end of last year. Rents are also rising in several other Queensland cities. The latest figures show renting a four-bedroom house in Gladstone in central Queensland can cost up to $630 a week. Read more »