The population of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland has soared over the past couple of decades, making it the most populous city in the state and third-most populous city in Australia with more than 2.2 million people.
It also has an abundance of skyscrapers and a thriving economy that is the largest of any city between Sydney and Singapore thanks to a mix of blue-collar manufacturing jobs, a busy port, tourism and investments in biotechnology and research.
But like many cities that are economic juggernauts at first glance, a closer look reveals pockets of people who are struggling. Fortunately, compared to many cities, those pockets are small, but to a family stuck in poverty housing, seeing a city thrive as they struggle is no consolation.
The new Fuller Center for Housing of Queensland has formed to address those pockets of housing need in Brisbane. Their board will meet Saturday to hammer out fundraising plans to help get the work rolling, according to Fuller Center of Queensland President Colin Thandrayan.
“For many years, The Fuller Center has been at work Down Under with our partners in Sydney, but Australia is more than a country — it’s a continent!” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “And there’s work to be done there, so we’re delighted to welcome The Fuller Center of Queensland to the family. They will be working in the Brisbane area doing what we do — helping God’s people in need to have a decent place to live. The only problem we have now is that our entire staff wants to make a site visit!”
The Fuller Center’s Director of International Field Operations, Ryan Iafigliola, echoed those sentiments.
“I’m very excited to be expanding our presence in Australia,” Iafigliola said. “Not only am I one of those staff members who wants to make a site visit, I’m also looking forward to helping numerous volunteers make the trip … through our growing Global Builders program, of course!”