Council-led Initiative on Affordable Housing
22 December 2006
The draft Affordable Housing Strategy is now on exhibition for public review and comment.
The Affordable Housing Strategy is a Council-led initiative that identifies the role of Council at a local government level. Whilst local governments across Australia have not traditionally had a significant role in housing, they can actively impact on housing outcomes. Planning, regulations, providing local infrastructure and lobbying state and federal governments are key roles for local government.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council undertook to increase its understanding of the decline in housing affordability. "There is no quick and easy fix to this complex problem. Affordable housing is a complex issue requiring a range of strategies. All the actions proposed in the Strategy, if explored further, will assist to find achievable and cost effective solutions", says Gabriella Carroll, Council's Community & Cultural Development Manager. "There is a need for holistic policy responses from federal, state and local government sectors to the issue." The Strategy recognises that Council is one of a number of important players required to facilitate and contribute towards policy responses.
As Council's ability to impact upon affordable housing needs is largely confined to regulation of the private housing market, it is noted that the key to success will be engaging other stakeholders in implementation of the Strategy.
The adoption and implementation of the Strategy will enable Council to demonstrate leadership and plan strategically on this challenging issue. It will ensure Council is informed and able to lobby for outcomes and resources of benefit to the whole community.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council invites residents to comment on the Draft Port Macquarie-Hastings Affordable Housing Strategy, which is now on public exhibition until the 21 February 2007. The Strategy was developed after extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
The draft Strategy is available for viewing at each of the Council offices, Libraries and on Council's website.
Any further enquiries, please contact Gabriella Carroll on telephone 02 6581 8634 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org