New rent affordability taskforce for QLD mine towns

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Queensland housing minister Karen Struthers today announced a taskforce to try and keep skyrocketing rents in mining towns under control.

The new Rent Affordability Taskforce will asses the rental market in mining towns and work to provide support, advice, and more affordable prices to renters.

The new service will work specifically for low income earners in mining towns and help locals find affordable accommodation.

Struthers said in a statement the rapid growth of mining towns had made housing supply a “major issue”.

Local councils and the QLD Government have come under fire from locals recently for not doing enough to keep accommodation affordable.

Rents in Moranbah have reached $3000 a week in some areas, and temporary accommodation is difficult to find and needs to be booked months in advance.

Real estate agents in resources towns say prices on almost all properties have risen spectacularly over the past twelve months.

The problems are not only isolated in Queensland coal communities, and are also mirrored in Pilbara iron ore towns, particularly Port Hedland.

Moranbah Real Estate manager Bella Expositio told Australian Mining earlier this month the Government needed to release more land and encourage development to ease the severe housing shortage.

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