Anglicare Central Queensland housing coordinator Valerie Radloff.
Anglicare Central Queensland housing coordinator Valerie Radloff. Contributed

Quieter times arrive on Gladstone housing scene

THE effects of numerous initiatives to rescue Gladstone from its housing crisis seem to be making waves, but it is still early days.

Anglicare Central Queensland housing co-ordinator Valerie Radloff said it had been quieter over the holiday season.

"We've seen a marked decline in the level of inquiries," she said.

"Usually, in the past, it's been quite a hectic time."

The organisation manages 60 properties in the Community Rent Scheme, which are transitional housing.

"It's a government-funded program that assists people to move on to more independent housing," she said.

"They pay rent according to their income."

Ms Radloff said the quiet period may be an early indication that pressure on the rental market is easing.

"If you drive around, there are a number of properties available to rent," she said.

"The affordability is obviously another issue.

"The worker's camps are just starting to have an impact on the town itself.

"It's hard to gauge now... give it another quarter or six months."