Social housing management transfer running late

A RADICAL plan to transfer 90% of Queensland's social housing management to the private sector has fallen behind schedule.

Labor MP Yvette D'Ath told Parliament transfers should already have started in Gladstone and Maroochydore as part of the Newman government's Housing 2020 strategy.

"I note that it indicates that by now the housing service centre areas of Woodridge, Robina, Redcliffe, Maroochydore, Gladstone and Cairns should have commenced transfers, with Mackay, Rockhampton, Emerald, Bundaberg, Maryborough and Caboolture occurring in the current 2014-15 financial year," she said.

Housing Minister Tim Mander did not answer whether any transfers had begun.

The Sunshine Coast is in line to receive 750 new social dwellings by 2020, compared to 400 in Gladstone.

Mrs D'Ath said Labor was sceptical of the plan's roll-out.

"While we believe that the community housing sector has a role to play in public housing in Queensland, we believe that the transitions need to occur gradually . . ." she said.

-APN NEWSDESK



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