Cairns’ first International Tenants Day event shines a light on homelessness

ORGANISERS of Cairns’ first International Tenants Day event at Fogarty Park hope to continue raising awareness of homelessness in the city.

More than 2000 people are estimated to be either sleeping rough, couch surfing or living in overcrowded accommodation in the Far North with about 1600 on the wait list for public housing.

Access Community Housing chief executive Donna-Maree O’Connor said up to 40 people could be inspecting one rental property in Cairns.

Yesterday’s event was a chance for the city to celebrate tenants and raise awareness of rights and responsibilities when renting.

“This is the biggest International Tenants Day event in Cairns,” Ms O’Connor said.

“We had more than 40 stalls and was a great chance to bring together housing and homelessness groups and support groups.”

Tenants Queensland senior advice worker Alby Bunting said while house purchase and rental prices were cheaper in Cairns compared to southern states, more housing stock was needed to meet demand.

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