Topics:  gladstone, housing crisis, labor, queensland election 2012

Govt blamed for rental crisis

Ryan Somerville of Emmerdale Gardens was one of many renters struggling with the rental crisis in Gladstone last year.
Ryan Somerville of Emmerdale Gardens was one of many renters struggling with the rental crisis in Gladstone last year. Chrissy Harris

TWO words have plagued the State Labor Government in the seat of Gladstone - "housing crisis".

Over the past 12 months, countless renters have come forward with their own horror stories.

One of those, Ryan Somerville, even took his case to the Residential Tenancies Authority - and won.

Independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham has been a long-time critic of the government's failure to predict and avert the current situation, which has left many renters in Gladstone struggling to find a place to live that they can afford.

LNP candidate Russell Schroter and Katter's Australian Party candidate Anthony Beezley have also labelled the housing crisis as a problem caused by Labor's performance.

Mr Schroter said the issue was another example of broken trust between the government and community.

The Bligh Government's main focus has been the Urban Land Development Areas, which aim to create more affordable housing stock in the region's property market.



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