New task force to look at housing affordability
  • Tuesday 17 June 2008

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council is expected to establish a Housing Affordability Task Force in a bid to raise the profile of housing issues in the region and act as an advocate to Federal and State Governments for improvements in the provision of affordable housing.

The task force was proposed during Council’s Strategy and Planning Committee meeting last week and will be considered by the full council at this week’s Ordinary Meeting.

Committee member and Social Strategy Portfolio holder, Anna Grosskreutz, acknowledged that while housing affordability is the responsibility of the Federal and State Government, it was imperative to establish an advocacy group to raise housing issues on the coast with all levels of government.

“Housing affordability has been identified as a significant social issue that is affecting a large percentage of households across the Sunshine Coast,” said Cr Grosskreutz.

“With population growth in South East Queensland expected to increase by 600,000 by 2031, it’s important we establish a task force now to effectively manage this.

“Predicted growth, together with increasing costs of both home ownership and rental accommodation will place greater pressure on an already constrained housing market, both in the demand for and supply of affordable and appropriate housing.”

The task force will be made up of representatives from community, education and business groups and the development industry, not-for-profit housing organisations, State and Federal Government.

Division 9 Councillor, Vivien Griffin and Cr Grosskreutz (Division 1) are the nominated council representatives for the proposed task force.

The proposal comes two weeks after the State Government announced they have earmarked 17 sites across the South East to be used for housing development as part of the Government’s growth plan to address housing affordability.

The task force recommendation will go before Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 19 June.