On a personal note, I’d like to say how thrilled I was to be sworn in as the Minister for Housing and how keen I am to deliver affordable housing solutions to people in housing need across our state.
I am pleased the former Department of Housing has helped to form a new Department of Communities with the aim of developing fair, vibrant and cohesive communities across Queensland.
Following the State election in March this year, the Honourable Karen Struthers MP was appointed as Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women.
Queensland has already received $80 million under the Australian Government’s Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan for repairs and maintenance to social housing properties.
The department’s Sales to Tenants program has helped Samantha and Jack Dzik purchase the department-owned house they were renting in Brisbane for the past eight years.
Housing Minister, Karen Struthers, launched the 2009 Water-Wise Garden Awards at the Boronia Heights Bushland Reserve in June.
On Sunday 29 March, tenants celebrated national Neighbour Day around the state, with the assistance of small grants from the department.
Housing Services tenants can use the ClimateSmart Home Service to save energy, money and the environment. For $50, a licensed electrician will supply and install a water efficient showerhead, and supply and install up to 15 free energy efficient light globes - all in less than an hour.
The Queensland Shelter conference was held in February 2009, with the theme Making sense of the big picture: Pathways to affordable housing in Queensland.
The Central Queensland regional tenant group recently completed a landscaping project at a local shelter for homeless young people.
North Queensland’s Indigenous people are benefiting from a project aimed at enhancing job readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have moved to Cairns and Townsville through the Off Communities Investment Project.
Housing and Homelessness Services staff are required to check on the condition of your rental property at least once a year.
In December 2008, the Queensland Parliament passed the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. This act sets out the new tenancy laws for Queensland and replaces the Residential Tenancies Act 1994 and the Residential Services (Accommodation) Act 2002.
Green lawns, flowerbeds, picket fences and dogs called ‘Rex’ are recurring themes in artworks created by Queensland children to illustrate what a healthy home looks like.
Research shows that in Australia, more fire-related accidents occur between the months of June and September than at any other time of the year.
If you experience difficulty paying your electricity account, it is important to contact your electricity retailer as soon as possible. Your electricity retailer may have payment options available to help manage your electricity accounts.
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