- Friday 07 August 2009
The Housing Affordability Taskforce has a new ally in the fight to secure affordable housing on the Coast.
Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Sunshine Coast branch meet with Sunshine Coast Council’s Social Policy Portfolio holder and Housing Affordability Taskforce Chair, Cr Anna Grosskreutz yesterday to offer their support through an affordability sub-committee, formed to work with the taskforce and council on housing affordability.
Cr Grosskreutz welcomes the support of the UDIA and says that great outcomes can be achieved by sharing expertise and working together.
“The UDIA is extremely concerned about the current state of housing affordability on the Coast, which is why they’ve set up the affordability sub-committee to work with the taskforce and council,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“This is great news—by working collaboratively with each other, we can pool our resources, put our heads together and achieve some great results.”
Cr Grosskreutz said that a framework will be established to ensure open and regular communication to maximise this opportunity.
“The UDIA brings to the table expertise in a broad range of industry sectors from planning consultants, developers, engineers, builders and architects,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“Through the UDIA, the taskforce will also have access to up-to-date data and statistics and will be able to gain a more detailed understanding of housing preferences.
“The UDIA has identified three key issues impacting on affordability: planning schemes, assessment timeframes and infrastructure charges and have put forward some interesting solutions to these issues.
“The taskforce and council will work with the UDIA affordability sub-committee to further develop these possible solutions and ultimately achieve the goal of creating affordable living for the Coast.