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WSROC takes the lead on solving housing affordability, March 23 2012

Media Release, March 23,  2011

Senior politicians, key policy makers and leading academics will gather in Sydney’s South West today (Monday, March 26, 2012)  for a major Housing Affordability Summit to tackle the seemingly insurmountable problems facing many Australian families who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.


Hosted by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, the Summit will discuss a range of factors which are contributing to the overall issue.

WSROC President Alison McLaren said the problem was not confined to a low income earners or welfare recipients but in fact stretched right through the fabric of society.

“Housing affordability affects us all,” she said.

“Whether you are a low or middle income family struggling with a mortgage or rent, a developer who can’t afford to build, a landholder who can’t get the planning approval to build, or a street-sleeper who can’t find emergency accommodation, the problem impacts on all of us in some way,” she said.

“Secure and affordable housing provides a lot more than just shelter – it also gives us a base from which to find work, and affects our access to jobs, services and education and provides stability for our families and our lives.

The Summit will take place at the Casula Powerhouse in Sydney’s south-west an area that regularly tops the list of regions which are experiencing mortgage and housing stress.

“Here in Western Sydney we have the highest levels of mortgage stress for the Sydney region, with areas such as Auburn, Fairfield, Liverpool, Bankstown and Holroyd recording figures that show that more 20 per cent of households spend more than 30 per cent of their total income on accommodation.

“These figures released by the Australians for Affordable Housing showed that in Auburn, the levels are as high as 28 per cent.”

“Fairfield has the highest proportion of those under both mortgage (34 per cent) and private rental (51 per cent) stress, alongside Strathfield, Liverpool and Bankstown.

“The shortage of housing is the result of a complex series of factors – all of which need to be addressed in an integrated and holistic way,” she said.

“The situation will not improve without a dedicated and committed effort from all levels of Government working in concert with NGOs and the private sector in order to make a significant difference,” she said.

“Our councils recognise this problem is now at critical levels as we are involved from many different perspectives.

“We work with the developers and create the local environment plans to build sustainable and liveable communities. We provide affordable housing to those on low incomes and we work with the homeless.”

“We know that numerous strategies are need – planning, tax reform, increased Government financial assistance and incentives to promote private investment – to ensure that a good quality range of different housing options are provided in the areas in which people want to live.

“That is why WSROC has decided to lead the way in bringing together all the key stakeholders in this way, to get the discussion started and find solutions to these problems.”



Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842

Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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