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The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has released a statement calling for a more coordinated and collaborative approach across all levels of government to address Australia’s affordable housing crisis. 

Ahead of the National Cabinet meeting focusing on planning reforms to facilitate more affordable housing, ALGA President, Linda Scott, said that increasing the supply of more affordable housing cannot be fixed through new land releases alone.

“It’s vital that we invest in building more liveable and sustainable communities for future generations,” Cr Scott said.

“That’s why we need all levels of government working together to coordinate, fund and build the physical and social infrastructure all Australians need – roads, parks, libraries, local services, schools, and hospitals.”

Cr Scott also reinforced the importance of planning decisions being made locally.

“As the closest level of government to our communities, councils intimately know and understand what our communities need, especially of the need for increased affordable housing,” Cr Scott said.

“There’s no evidence to show that removing planning powers from councils is delivering more affordable housing.

“We know we get much better housing outcomes in our cities, towns and regions when decisions are made locally.”

Cr Scott said councils also need to be better supported to facilitate more housing.

“There’s a lot more councils can do to help solve Australia’s affordability housing crisis, with the right support, funding partnership and proper regulations in place.

“Many councils are already investing in innovative affordable housing solutions tailored to our local communities, but ALGA continues to advocate for an at least $100 million per year fund to support us to play a more significant role in addressing Australia’s affordable housing crisis.

“Local governments need to see Federal Financial Assistance Grants restored to at least one percent of Commonwealth taxation revenue, to help us invest in building safer, stronger and healthier communities in a financially sustainable way.”

1 Comment
  1. gretchen gamble 6 months ago

    It is State and Federal governments’ responsibility to provide Social and affordable housing. Local governments do not have the financial ability to do so. State government wants to over develop areas already carrying the highest number of residents per hectare, because it does not want to provide services like schools, hospitals, fire and police stations for newer areas. It prefers to have all of these existing ones which are already stretched and stressed as overcrowded, take even greater more unmanageable loads. It cares noth9ng about the state’s resident quality of life.It wastes millions of dollars on consultants with the proven inflated costs and poss. kick backs. Developers providing 15% in a new development as an offset to gaining extra height and footprint is an insult to those already living in extrely high density with insufficient open space and lacking potential for increasing open space and other necessary facilities. The 15% of affordable housing seems to be allocated at the least pleasant section of a new build and reverts to the building company after a certain period of time–to be sold at significant profit and resulting in lost afforadable housing!! NSW has many large sites forcibly aquired for WesConnex eg.lengths of Parramatta Rd , at Tempe Lands etc and NSW State govt. should be developing on these sites and providing affordable and community housing with inclusion of useable open space and have community, child care and other services within. Federal and State Govt need to do their jobs–housing their citizens from the taxes ++ that citizens have contributed too. Not expect certain areas to make up for theor long toime neglect. And what about providing this needed housing in country towns with cheaper living? federal and NSW govts. needs to stop passing on their responsibilities to local councils, which are already strapped for funds, lack open space and have highest density of population in Audtralia!!

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