Brisbane’s housing situation is seriously messed up. Rents and property values have skyrocketed and thousands of people are becoming homeless.
The State Government has signalled that it won’t do anything to strengthen renters’ rights or put downward pressure on rents, and with the Olympics on the horizon, we’re all worried that housing costs could continue rising further.
But mainstream capitalist responses - such as simply approving developers to build more private apartments - clearly aren’t improving the situation. In fact, they seem to be accelerating gentrification and displacement of low-income residents. This is particularly the case in areas like Moorooka, where a new Neighbourhood Plan could push up housing costs, including rents and council rates.
So what alternative, positive solutions are out there?
Join us for afternoon tea at the Moorooka Social Space for a lively discussion about structural solutions to housing system injustices. State Member of Parliament Amy MacMahon and Councillor for the Gabba Ward Jonathan Sri will be in conversation with guest speakers Karyn Walsh, the CEO of Micah Projects. and Cameron Murray, an economist specialising in property and urban development.
We’ll also be hearing from a range of local community organisers about how the housing crisis is impacting people on the ground, and how grassroots networks can respond.
This is an in-person event but with an option to attend via Zoom as well. The venue is wheelchair accessible. AUSLAN interpreters can be arranged on request, and we’ll be looking to organise a child-minding corner to make it easier for families to attend and participate.
To assist us with managing catering and capacity limits please RSVP!