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Ditching Logan’s public-private regeneration sets Queensland back on social and affordable housing

Hal Pawson writes in The Conversation (25.7.16) about the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to not go ahead with a joint public-private construction project to renew Logan’s public housing stock, and what this might mean for housing affordability in the Logan area.

‘Four years after its announcement, the Queensland government last week cancelled the central plank in the Logan Renewal Initiative: the overhaul of Logan’s 4,900 public housing dwellings by a community-housing-provider-led consortium.

‘The initiative is a planned 20-year strategy to reshape Logan, an outer-suburban centre in Brisbane’s southeast. It would have been Australia’s largest and most-ambitious residential urban regeneration project.

‘Given its flagship status, and the hopes invested in it as a new form of public-private renewal partnership, the project’s abandonment could be a serious setback for Australian housing and urban policy.

‘So, why – presumably at a very substantial cost in compensation to the spurned regeneration partners – did the Queensland government walk away from the deal?’

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