Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser: We have delivered a legally enforceable obligation for BMA to produce 400 houses for the Caval Ridge Mine.
Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser: We have delivered a legally enforceable obligation for BMA to produce 400 houses for the Caval Ridge Mine.

Ministers under fire over housing

FEDERAL and state ministers say both tiers of government are taking action to address Moranbah's housing affordability crisis following revelations rents had skyrocketed past $3000 a week.

Queensland Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser said the State Government had delivered a legally enforceable obligation for BMA to build 400 homes, while Federal MP Tony Burke said a national housing scheme would deliver 15 dwellings in February.

However, members of the Federal Opposition and Queensland Mining Communities president Kelly Vea Vea both say Labor isn't doing enough to address Moranbah's housing affordability woes.

Mr Burke, the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, conceded there was nothing the government could do to stop landlords charging excessive rents.

"Government will never be in charge of the rents landlords put in place," he said.

"But there are ways we can put downward pressure on these rents. That's why we established NRAS."

The NRAS has supported 15 dwellings in Moranbah, due for completion in February, and another 38 in surrounding towns, he said.

Mr Fraser said the State Government was addressing housing affordability issues in Moranbah through its Major Projects housing policy.

"It demands, not asks for, additional infrastructure expenditure by mining companies," he said.

"We have delivered a legally enforceable obligation for BMA to produce 400 houses for the Caval Ridge Mine."

However, Ms Vea Vea said the State Government was more focused on spin and profits that the legitimate concerns of mining communities.

Senator Barnaby Joyce criticised the Federal Government for not including Moranbah in its $100 million Building Better Regional Cities program.

Labor was failing to deliver a better lifestyle to those who supported the economy through mining, he said.


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