Butler calls for federal intervention to secure indigenous accommodation on Southside

14 July 2020

Federal Member for Griffith Terri Butler is calling for the federal government to intervene to secure existing levels of indigenous accommodation on Brisbane’s Southside.

The proposed sale of the Musgrave Park Aboriginal Hostel, by the Federal Government owned Aboriginal Hostels Limited would result in a permanent reduction in the available accommodation options, if no alternative is found.

“The federal minister must intervene to guarantee immediate accommodation alternatives, otherwise the impending sale should not go ahead.You can’t be serious about closing the gap, while reducing the level of accommodation available, particularly so close to health and other vital community services.” Ms Butler said.Ms Butler wrote to the Minister in June urging action and said the minister now has no time to waste.

“This is urgent, local indigenous services I have spoken with are opposed to the move, because we must have immediate and lasting alternatives before any changes occur.” she said.