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Singles and couples without kids are Brisbane’s booming households

They say that many existing hostels and guest houses are not safe for them – identify and identify problems – and say newer, safer places are needed.

The council’s new strategy says the main influence on homelessness is “public space management”, but the only new initiative is advocating again for the new Pinkenba quarantine center used temporarily for emergency housing.

It identifies “single people” and “couples without children” as the fastest-growing type of household in need of new homes — whether units, apartments, townhouses or detached houses.

This group also makes up more than half of all households, despite less than a third of housing choices being one- or two-bedroom.

Since 2019, Schrinner Municipality opposition leader Jared Cassidy has called for a more complete housing strategy.

What Brisbane’s 29-page sustainable growth strategy says:

  1. Brisbane’s last residential greenfield land is in Pallara, Rochedale and Bridgeman Downs.
  2. It will focus on converting disused commercial and industrial land.
  3. It has identified 70 acres of land on Bonemill Road in Runcorn and Gympie Road in Kedron.
  4. 51.5% of Brisbane households are either (single people 25.5%) or couples with no children (26%)
  5. More homes are needed for these “households”.
  6. 63% of residents live in a house, 11% in a semi-detached house and 26% in a flat or apartment.
  7. Housing needed near Indooropilly, Carindale, Chermside, Garden City, Toombul and Toowong.

He said the morning announcement by Mayor Schrinner is “part of a solution” but also part of a hastily put together plan to appease the Queensland government.

Cassidy says several “piece-by-piece” attempts at a housing policy in Brisbane – Airbnb is changing, identifying a suburban renewal program in July 2022 and now proposals for South Brisbane must be combined.

“But this should be part of a broader housing strategy for Brisbane, which looks not only at how you do density better, but also how you do low-density development in the suburbs.”


Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles welcomed the council’s announcement.

“These changes, along with our announcement to expand the Woolloongabba priority development area ahead of the 2032 Games, will revitalize the southern corner of the city,” said Miles.

The Property Council has also welcomed the Brisbane City Council’s support for purpose-built rental accommodation (Build-to-Rent). Strategy for sustainable growth.

Executive Director Jen Williams said Queensland’s housing crisis has led to a shortage of all types of housing, including the need for more than 50,000 rental properties in the state.


“Despite the focus of both the public and private sectors, supply has not improved in recent months. Housing affordability and availability remain a major concern for all residents of Queensland.”

“The Council Strategy is a welcome acknowledgment of the role the Build-to-Rent sector can play in tackling this crisis, and through new incentives it sends an important signal to the industry that it needs more of this wants to facilitate such developments.”