New home fig­ures split the state

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

OVER the past 12 months 38,000 new homes were ap­proved for Queens­land.

That seems a healthy enough num­ber, un­til you di­vide the north from the south.

There is a clear dis­tinc­tion here to where the state is boom­ing.

South of Glad­stone ac­counts for 35,000 new home ap­provals while from cen­tral Queens­land to Cook­town the num­ber is 3000.

Of that 3000, 1264 can be at­trib­uted to far north Queens­land which leaves the rest of the re­gions in a sorry state.

While cen­tral Queens­land man­aged 645 for the year, Mackay/Whit­sun­day limped in with just 263.

This trend has been es­ca­lat­ing for at least the past five years and has re­sulted in huge house price rises for the south-east cor­ner and the op­po­site for the rest of the state.

So what have our politi­cians done to re­verse that trend?

Noth­ing that has worked as it is sim­ply get­ting worse, not bet­ter.

The State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments need to in­vest much more in the re­gions right now, fo­cus­ing on tourism, in­dus­try and live­abil­ity sup­port (GKI power and water should be a pri­or­ity).

The more money the state pumps into Bris­bane and Gold Coast sta­di­ums, park­lands, waterparks, na­tional parks, big events, sup­port for casi­nos etc, the more peo­ple will flock there over the strug­gling re­gions.

I know we have the Adani project (hal­lelu­jah) be­cause I don’t see any­thing else ca­pa­ble of mov­ing the job cre­ation dial in a hurry.

EDI­TOR

MY SAY FRAZER PEARCE

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