Member for Burleigh Christine Smith.
Member for Burleigh Christine Smith.

Fresh start for Coast?s homeless at Burleigh



THE State Government is moving to tackle homelessness on the Gold Coast with the announcement of plans for a boarding house at Burleigh.

The Queensland Department of Housing brought the Burleigh International Motor Inn Motel for $2.4 million to convert the 21 single-bed units and one three-bed unit into a boarding house for homeless people in need of medium to long-term accommodation.

Member for Burleigh Christine Smith welcomed the announcement saying the fact that it wasn't a short-term revolving door boarding house meant it gave homeless people a better chance at making a fresh start.

"It's getting people off the street and it will give people a chance to get their lives back on track because often you can't get income support or a job if you don't have a perma- nent address," Mrs Smith said.

Ms Smith said there was concern in the community that a homeless shelter would adversely affect the local property prices but she says these concerns are unfounded.

"I think it will enhance the area, not destabilise it because you have homeless people off the street," she said.

Renovations will have to be completed before any tenants move in.



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