Minister: social housing transfer still on track

Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander Mike Knott

HOUSING Minister Tim Mander has rejected claims the planned transfer 90% of social housing management to the private sector was behind schedule.

The comments followed Labor MP Yvette D'Ath's claim in Queensland Parliament that the Housing 2020 Strategy was not keeping up with the State Government's own timeline.

She said transfers should have already started in Maroochydore and Gladstone, Robina, Redcliffe, Cairns and Woodridge, with Mackay, Rockhampton, Emerald, Bundaberg, Maryborough and Caboolture to begin before the end of the 2014-15 financial year

"Ms D'ath needs to make up her mind whether she wants us to go faster or slower," Mr Mander said.

"In the same breath she accuses us of approaching the transfers like 'a bull at a gate' but on then she complains we're taking too long.

"Let's not forget she somehow missed the fact that we had already announced the transfer of almost 5000 tenancies in Logan."

Mr Mander said the timelines Ms D'Ath referred to were contained in a draft plan for consultation with the community housing sector.

"They have been adjusted slightly as a result of that consultation," he said.

"Transfers are still on track to take place by 2020 as set out in the Housing 2020 Strategy."


Topics:  housing politics social housing

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