Three experts in the field of affordable and social housing are headlining a forum being hosted by Byron Shire Council on Friday May 10 from 2pm till 4.30pm at the Byron Theatre.
Peter Mares (author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s housing crisis), Tim Riley (founder of Property Collectives) and Dr Kathleen Flanagan (deputy director of Housing and Community Research, University of Tasmania) will address the forum, called Our Housing Challenge: local communities, local solutions – a Byron perspective.
Council’s director Sustainable Environment and Economy Shannon Burt said, ‘Byron Shire is one of Australia’s least affordable areas and residents are paying an increasingly large proportion of their income to put a roof over their head’.
She said housing and accommodation in the Byron Shire is a significant challenge because of a range of factors including a demand for, and high investment return on, tourist accommodation including the use of platforms such as Airbnb. ‘The population is forecast to grow by approximately 5,500 by 2036, requiring 3,150 additional dwellings’.
‘Compared to the Northern Rivers region, the Byron Shire has a higher proportion of low-income earners (earning less than $500/week) and a lower proportion earning more than $1,750 a week’.
‘There is limited stock of social housing (1.7 per cent of housing stock, or 223 dwellings in the Shire is social housing). There is a 10-year waiting list for social housing in the one–three-bedroom range. Compared to the Northern Rivers and NSW generally there are high median house prices, high median rents, and high levels of household stress (17.2 per cent rental stress, 8.5 per cent mortgage stress).
Seats are limited – people can register their interest at www.byron-housing.eventbrite.com.au.