Task Force meets to seek housing affordability solutions
  • Wednesday 11 February 2009

The current economic environment and the proactive exploration of ideas to help ease housing affordability in the region were on the agenda when the Sunshine Coast Housing Affordability Task Force met last week.

Council formed the Task Force in September 2008 from nominated regional community and industry representatives. The Task Force has regularly met since then to outline community pressures and proactively explore a collaborative approach to this issue.

Recently, the Task Force heard from Ms Pam Bourke, a senior officer from the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA), about initiatives in several Brisbane areas which may offer models and insights for the Coast’s development of affordable housing projects.

A community based project concept was also presented for the Task Force’s input and given in-principle support to go to Council for formal review.

Task Force Chair, Cr Anna Grosskreutz, said the meeting was another major step towards addressing one of the most significant issues facing the Sunshine Coast.

“It was an excellent, fully attended session and several dynamic approaches were raised by members who met in their own time over the holiday break to explore potential solutions to social housing and crisis accommodation needs, development industry pressures, and closer liaison with government of all levels,’’ Cr Grosskreutz said.

“The Task Force recognises the need to focus on more than just building houses. We need to consider the provision of services, transport, efficient design, and availability of grants and government assistance.

“We’ve a great team of people involved, who are all committed to helping develop strategies to address the need for housing affordability across our region.”

To find out more about the Task Force and its acitivites, visit Council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and click on the For Residents menu, then the Your Community Your Say menu.

The Task Force encourages other members of the community to become involved. Anyone interested can contact the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on 5420 8944 during business hours.