Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis- Mayoral Minute

The Bellingen Shire Housing Crisis has been recognised in the Mayoral Minute to be considered at the Council Meeting this week.

Just weeks after the NSW Government released the NSW Housing Strategy, the Mayor of Bellingen Shire, Dominic King is due to deliver a Mayoral Minute to Council in formal recognition of the housing crisis in Bellingen Shire. The minute follows a similar resolution by Byron Shire Council in late March.

Kerry Pearse, Chair of the Bellingen Housing Matters Action Group applauded Council for its continuing efforts to address the housing crisis.

“We strongly believe that action is needed at all levels of government, and Bellingen Shire Council has taken clear steps to call all parties to the table knowing the issue we are facing is bigger than just us.” She continued, “We know we need creative and innovative solutions to the housing crisis and that a one size fits all approach isn’t going to work. We are really happy to see Council’s support for local initiatives including a Community Land Trust and our own Housing Matters Hub. This is a really important step, and I encourage our community to take the time to head along to this week’s Council meeting to show support for housing crisis declaration.”

The Mayoral Minute makes three recommendations relating to the local housing crisis:

1. That Council declares that we are experiencing a crisis situation with respect to housing availability and affordability in our community.

2. That Council calls upon State & Federal Governments to urgently fund increased investment in social housing in the Shire, as well as exploring urgent short-term opportunities to address the immediate housing crisis such as temporary or modular housing options provided on government land.

3. That Council acknowledges the crucial role that local communities have in formulating local solutions to problems, and continues to advocate for, and support where possible, locally derived solutions to the housing crisis such as a Housing Hub and Community Land Trust.

Full details of the Mayoral Minute are available on Bellingen Shire Council website.

The Housing Matters Action Group Inc is based in the Bellingen Shire with regional reach. We are a group of skilled residents and housing professionals working on locally affordable housing solutions.

Housing Matters Action Group contact:

Kerry Pearse, 0411 671 673, [email protected]

Council Meeting Date: Wednesday 26 May, 9am
Location: Bellingen Shire Council Chambers, Hyde St, Bellingen

One Comment

  • Graeme Mooney and Tracy Hill says:

    Re housing issues
    Over recent months we have been made increasingly aware of the housing crisis in this area primarily through media coverage. However this was not the case in January/ February this year, when somewhat astounded we were notified by council about a development application from “Pink Flamingo Developments” for a boarding house in Urunga, Ferry st for up to 15 residents. Not your usual plan to develop a block of units? To our knowledge there was no community consultation about a housing crisis or proposals to provide affordable housing. You would appreciate our concern, as the proposal for a boarding house development came well before any media coverage or communication from council about a housing crisis. Plans for establishing a boarding house in Urunga appeared to be well underway before the housing crisis was made apparent, which to us, suggests a lack transparency from Bellingen Council.
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Gaeme and Tracy

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