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February 25, 2021

Affordable housing vital to participation and productivity: ACOSS

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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

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Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

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Police use road spikes to catch speeder

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Historical Museum shows off its knickers

There is plenty to find out about our ancestors’ ‘intimate apparel’ while you visit the museum and its monthly market, which will be taking place on Saturday.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

ACOSSThe Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) last Friday welcomed Kevin Andrews’s first speech as federal housing minister and called on the new government to work with the states and territories to improve the supply of affordable housing and address homelessness as an urgent joint priority.

‘We were pleased to hear the minister acknowledge the scale and seriousness of the housing supply and affordability crisis and the clear link between lack of supply and homelessness,’ said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

‘ACOSS supports a range of investment models and policy levers to increase affordable housing for people, including direct government investment, incentives for private sector investment and tax reform.

‘We were also pleased to hear Minister Andrews’ pledge to engage with the community sector in developing a plan for the future of Australia’s housing system.

‘With poverty and homelessness at unacceptably high levels, and a need to increase productivity, we must address a key obstacle to getting and keeping a job – which is Australia’s housing affordability crisis.

‘We know that two in five low-income households are in housing stress, paying over 30 per cen of income in rent. This is much worse for families on very low incomes, 61 per cent of whom are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

‘Recent investments in homelessness and affordable housing programs have reduced the number of people sleeping rough, but the number of people who do not have stable, secure housing continues to grow.

‘With reports this week that Australian property prices will surge by more than two times average wages between now and the end of 2015, it’s imperative that governments take effective action to prevent the situation from getting worse.’


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

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