New home figures split the state
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.
MY SAY FRAZER PEARCE