Further to Annie Radermacher’s ‘Valuation shock’ letter published (Echo 28 April) I am writing to suggest that the community considers objecting also at a local level because of the following reasons:
1. Potential increases in weekly rents as property owners decide to pass on the costs of increased land tax and increased rates.
2. A compounding of the lack of affordable rental properties in an area with an already chronic lack of affordable housing.
3. Increased rates contributing to the decision of self-funded retirees to sell their principal place of residence and relocate elsewhere, thereby destabilising the sense of community.
4. Potential lack of service provision due to a labour shortage in low paid sectors, such as hospitality, because people can’t afford to live and work in this area.
I wrote to my local member, approximately a week ago. In the absence of an acknowledgement or a response. I followed up with a telephone call. It was suggested by a member of her staff that I contact Stephen Kamper, Minister for Lands and Property. This minister can be contacted either via a web form or at the following email: [email protected]
I am of the opinion that a single voice won’t effect change but as a community whose members will ultimately all be affected, albeit differently, we need to raise a collective voice instead.