We need Greens on council to ensure there is an urgent audit of all council land suitable for affordable housing development, along with developing a Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategy, which currently sits in the ESC Local Strategic Planning Strategy 2020-2040 as only a medium-term priority.
Local government does have a role to play in easing the housing crisis
While development of land for housing is taking off in the Eurobodalla, the private development sector plans for profits, not people. We need to council to start planning for the wellbeing of our communities, ensuring everyone has access to the basic human right of secure housing – planning for people, not profit.
It’s going to take urgent action from all levels of government to alleviate the housing stress in our communities.
Local councils can’t opt out here.
It’s time to think more creatively about what it will take for our council to be resourced to support affordable housing.
Greens councillors will make full use of the existing planning rules to get proper benefits for the community from new development.
Councils can directly deliver affordable housing by partnering with a community housing providers (CHP) or state government to build affordable housing on council-owned land. Councils should also use financial contributions made through the development process (e.g. affordable housing levies or voluntary planning agreements) to contribute to the funding for either of the above.
We can’t afford to leave this housing shortage unattended for any longer. Housing is a basic right and we need to ensure that everyone in our community has both secure tenancy and choice around that.