Lismore City Council (LCC) has placed its new draft housing strategy on public exhibition, following 12 months of consultation and research.
LCC’s strategic planner Paula Newman said the aim of the strategy is to identify ways to improve housing opportunities for Lismore.
‘Lismore needs more housing, both for purchase and rent, and we need housing that is more affordable for low and moderate income earners,’ Ms Newman said.
‘Lismore needs more diverse forms of smaller housing options, such as units and 1–2-bedroom houses, to meet the changing needs of the community, especially as we have an ageing population.
‘There is also a shortage of community housing for those who need support to access housing – such as people with a mental illness.
‘The draft strategy includes an action plan that identifies that these issues cannot be tackled by Council alone, and that we will need to work in partnership with other organisations such as housing providers, the development and real estate industry, and the broader community to address future housing needs.’
The draft housing strategy will be on exhibition until Monday 18 June. Any comments received during the exhibition period and any recommended changes proposed as a result of that feedback will be reported to Council for further consideration prior to the adoption of the final Lismore Housing Strategy.
The draft housing strategy can be viewed via the ‘Have Your Say’ section of Council’s website at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au, at Council’s Corporate Centre, 43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, and at Council’s CBD Office, 55 Magellan Street, Lismore.