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The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has welcomed Labor’s plans to tackle housing supply and homelessness through working with local governments, as the Federal Election quickly approaches.

The Federal Opposition has pledged to establish a National Housing Supply and Affordability Council, as well as develop a National Housing and Homelessness Plan in conjunction with the local government sector. 

LGAQ CEO, Alison Smith, said the commitment approached the critical issue of housing in the spirit of collaboration that councils had been calling for. 

“There is absolutely no doubt that we are facing a worsening housing crisis in this country and Queensland councils – along with other peak bodies – have been urgently calling for a National Summit to bring all stakeholders together,” Ms Smith said. 

“This commitment from the Federal Opposition is a big step in the right direction but we urge them to commit to a national summit so all stakeholders can sit at the table.

“We would further urge the Federal Opposition to ensure local government has a seat on the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council and that councils are consulted alongside states and territories to ensure the needs of local communities are taken into account when considering land supply targets and other key issues.” 

Ms Smith said the Opposition’s announcement met a long-running local government request for a National Housing Strategy to be developed between all levels of government, industry and the community.  

“Councils have insights into the scope and magnitude of the housing crisis which cannot be ignored – as well as solutions ready to table in partnership with their state and federal counterparts,” Ms Smith said. 

“Just this month, the LGAQ sent all Queensland Federal MPs and Senators, as well as their state counterparts, a copy of its Housing Action Plan, which includes new and innovative ideas, like a proposal to extend the First Home Owners’ Grant to cover existing houses – as well as new ones.”

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