After local flooding caused the postponement of the film’s launch in December last year, the Housing Matters Action Group has confirmed a new date for the screening of their film ‘Home Matters’, now taking place on Wednesday 13th January, 5.30-7.30pm at the Bellingen Memorial Hall.
Following the screening, panelists Bellingen Shire Mayor, Dominic King and Housing Matters Action Group Chair, Kerry Pearse will be joined by the Chair of BRANCH Housing Co-op and filmmaker Kell Stoner for a Q&A and community conversation to address the heightened stress aroused by the unprecedented housing crisis.
The film follows the members of the Bellingen Nambucca Affordable Housing Action Group from its inception in 2017 when the local community first came together to discuss increasing community concerns around the lack of affordable housing. The film captures personal stories interwoven with the Action Group’s journey to date, tracking the group’s efforts to inform the recently approved Bellingen Shire Local Housing Strategy Action Plan 2020-2040.
Kerry Pearse said “We know that housing stress is very real for many people in our region. We want to reignite the discussion started in our first affordable housing forum three years ago and fast track momentum for change.”
“The housing affordability gap is so great that local working families can no longer afford to live in many parts of the region. Rentals have dried up and real estate prices are skyrocketing as COVID refugees flee the cities. The influx of workers for the Coffs Bypass is only going to put more pressure on the local housing system. Where are people going to live? We need thoughtful, open dialogue and creative local responses as well as government policy action to find a way through this.” She continued.
“Bellingen has a strong history of community driven action. We invite the local community, new and existing to be part of the solution and participate in this important discussion that affects us all,” said Mayor Dominic King.
Home Matters reminds audiences that the grassroots can create positive change and that everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable home.
Contact: Kerry Pearse, 0411 671 673, [email protected]
Home Matters Film Screening & Community Conversation
Presented by the Housing Matters Action Group & Bellingen Shire Council
Date:Wednesday 13 January, 5.30-7.00pm (arrive at 5pm for 5.30pm start).
Location:Bellingen Memorial Hall,
35 Hyde St, Bellingen.