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Affordable housing and council elections

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Sarah Smith, Mullumbimby

I would like people to consider ‘affordable housing’ as they place their vote in the local council election.

I have lived in, or adjacent to, the Byron Shire since 1999. Rents have increased exponentially since then. However, I am very aware that at least 4 of the 6 landlords I have had the pleasure of dealing with, have charged less than they could have, for which I am very grateful.

Most of them are just using their rental income to pay off the interest on their mortgages. They are unrecognized ‘local heroes’ because they provide housing to people on low incomes.

I wish to publicly thank them. I think there are an awful lot of them in this area.These middle/working-class ‘battlers’ (oops, politician-speak) are doing more for ‘affordable housing’ than any government, in my experience.

I’m just suggesting that to retain any semblance of community diversity, it may be a good idea to avoid voting for real estate agents (I love mine, but they aren’t running for council positions – and surely there must be some conflict of interest involved).

 


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