Current projections on housing suggest we need to squeeze at least 200,000 more people into the Gold Coast by 2031. Unfortunately, we are running out of land in the corridor. Do we concentrate growth on the light rail and go up or drive population into residential domains such as Southport and Ashmore? By doing the latter, suburban areas will be destroyed for the building of towering apartment complexes that clutter our streets with cars. We need long term solutions made for housing here on the Gold Coast. It is of extreme urgency that we find viable solutions and invest into them so the Gold Coast can stay beautiful and we have suitable housing for all.
Homelessness, unfortunately, is an issue that the Gold Coast has been wrestling with for some time. I have had the privilege to have been ambassador for the Gold Coast CEO Sleepout. The issue of homelessness is something that is important to me and the electorate, that is why I will be working hard in helping reduce the issue and find effective solutions.
In January 2021 approximately 26,000 applications are on the social housing waitlist including 16,000 that are considered urgent. This same waitlist includes more than 2,700 families from the Gold Coast. Unfortunately, Labor axed the LNP’s social housing program back in 2015, had the planned projects been fully realized we could’ve had significantly more social housing by now to help reduce waiting lists. With state debt soaring, why isn’t the State government investing even a fraction of that into affordable housing? Even Victoria has announced plans to invest 5.3 billion into affordable housing. As previously mentioned, with the Gold Coast expected to house at least 200,000 more people by 2031, I will be fighting for a serious investment into social housing by the state government.