I asked Monash University Parliamentary Intern Brad Woolley to research the issue of housing affordability in the Ballarat region and the report has been released.
66 members of the community made a submission and 26 stakeholders, including Uniting Care and CAFS, participated in an interview or made a submission.
The report identified large increases in rental and house prices over the past year and the impact this was having on the more vulnerable members of the community such as the young, those on Centrelink, our first nations, those fleeing domestic violence, migrants and refugees.
The report identified Andrews Government initiatives including the Big Build social housing program which will invest at least $115 million in Ballarat, Moorabool and Golden Plains and the commitment to establish a build-to-rent sector with a 50 per cent land tax discount and exemptions from the Absentee Owner Surcharge for eligible new developments from 2022.
But there is more that we can do.
I will be working with City of Ballarat, Moorabool and Golden Plains councils to look at planning restrictions locally and identify new locations for social housing - as the Big Housing Build is investing $1.25 billion in regional areas over the next four years – and we should maximise that locally.
And I’ll be advocating for the Victorian Government to introduce Inclusionary zoning – which mandates or creates incentives so that a proportion of a new residential development includes affordable housing.
This will help create thousands of new affordable homes in our region and across Victoria – and I will be taking this up with the Minister for Housing as a positive way we can increase affordable housing for our community.
If you have any suggestions please email me [email protected]
For more on the Andrews Governments initiatives visit www.vic.gov.au/homes-victoria-delivering
“Housing affordability affects some groups more than others and I want to make sure the Victorian Government is helping where it counts.”
“Our $115 million investment in social housing locally is welcome, but I believe we can do more. I’ll be working with our councils to see how we can speed up approvals and identify land for social housing.”
“I’ll be taking the case for Inclusionary zoning to the Minister for Housing as this would ensure new developments include affordable housing. We can build communities which includes housing for those who cannot afford to rent or buy in the current market.”