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Calls to fix Mackay's housing crisis this state budget


A local Liberal MP wants more to be done to address the housing crisis across Mackay and the Whitsunday's, ahead of next week's state budget.

LNP Member for Whitsundays Amanda Camm says there is currently 886 families in need of social housing throughout the region and the current supply is not meeting the high demand.

She says more than half of those families are classed as 'very high need'.

"With the announcement of the budget coming next week into Parliament, we want to see an increase in social housing and community housing partnerships.

"We are seeing in particular vulnerable people in our community being displaced," Ms Camm says.

According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), the rental vacancy rate in Mackay is currently sitting at 0.7 per cent.

The problem has been echoed state-wide with no regional towns recording vacancy rates above 2 per cent all year.

Labor Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert says the government does have plans to build more units in Mackay, but a high demand for builders is pushing work back.

"There is a rental crisis across the whole of Australia, it doesn't matter where you go people are trying to find somewhere to live.

"Builders are out there building as fast as they can ... there's ten units that are due to finish over the next couple of months, and then we'll get started on the next lot of accommodation," Ms Gilbert says.

But Ms Camm says ten units simply is not enough.

"Ten units does not go far enough to meet the need or the growing need in demand in population that we're going to see over the next 12 months to two years.

"The flow on impacts of that are people that are trying to attract employees for work, can't find anywhere to live across the region," she says.

The state budget will be delivered Tuesday next week.