Tenancy service given a reprieve
ON THE brink of closure, the Fraser Coast's Tenant Advice Advocacy Service has been saved, after the Federal Government announced it would step up to fund the service across Queensland.
All TAAS offices were expected to close on October 31, as a result of a Newman government decision to remove funding from the service which supports social housing projects.
The closure came as a shock to Fraser Coast residents and businesses, which rely heavily on the service to help locals find homes in the region.
A statement released by the Federal Minister for Housing Brendan O'Connor stated that $3.3 million in emergency funding would be used to fund the 23 Queensland services, which provide assistance to about 80,000 households in the state.
Fraser Coast Tenants Union co-ordinator Ros Connor said the news of the funding was a welcome relief to those who were dependant on the service, although staff were still unsure of their futures at TAAS.
"The funding is excellent news for the region because it means the service will still be here," Ms Connor said.
"But at this point we don't know the specifics of the funding, and if all our part-time, casual and full-time staff will be given jobs."
Ms Connor said it was unknown whether the service would close briefly from October 31 while funding was distributed by the government.
"We aren't sure if the service will be run by the Federal or State Government," she said.
"But we are hoping to hear back soon about our jobs and how the money will be divided between the sites, so that the service can continue to help people."
The Federal Government funding is expected to fund the service until at least June 30 next year.