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Social and affordable housing – how can Tweed Council meet the need?

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Without action by 2041 it is estimated up to 4,885 dwellings will be required to meet the increasing need for social and affordable housing in Tweed Shire. 

As it stands, the current shortfall for social housing is 1,118 dwellings and 2,665 for affordable housing dwellings. The question is how can Tweed Shire Council (TSC) hbe part of the solution to meet the rising need for housing?

Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said housing reform was urgently needed in the region.

‘With only 2.9 per cent of homes in the Tweed being social and affordable, and 47 per cent of renter households under rental stress, it’s clear affordable housing supply is out of step with our community’s needs,’ Cr Cherry said.

Council has developed a draft Tweed Affordable Housing Strategy in response to unprecedented pressures on housing affordability and accessibility to affordable rental housing.

The draft Tweed Affordable Housing Strategy is being developed alongside the Tweed Growth Management and Housing Strategy, which looks at how the region can accommodate population growth and employment opportunities for the Tweed to 2041.

When completed, the Tweed Affordable Housing Strategy will give clear direction to proponents and community housing providers on how to unlock new opportunities for affordable housing.

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Key components of the strategy include:

  • Implementing measures to boost affordable housing units, including a mandated target of 10% social and affordable housing for new housing development within certain areas
  • Forging partnerships with non-profit organisations and developers to improve housing availability and accessibility
  • Exploring innovative approaches to address housing shortages
  • Monitoring and reporting on the progress of social and affordable housing projects, including the number of units built, project timelines, and community impact
  • Advocating for supportive policies at all government levels and engaging in outreach and education communications.

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‘This Strategy represents significant progress in trying to address the housing crisis and ensuring that everyone in the Tweed has a place to call home.

‘Council does not build homes but we can implement policy to require a percentage of homes to be affordable and we can encourage the building of homes to start to fill this gap. We need homes that our service workers, baristas and cleaners can afford. Without this, we will not be a strong, resilient community.

‘We are asking residents to take the time to review the draft Strategy and tell us what you support, what your concerns might be, or if you have other innovative solutions that could be considered.’

Council is asking residents to review the draft Tweed Affordable Housing Strategy and provide input before 4 pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

How to have your say

The draft Strategy, along with Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets, can be viewed at yoursaytweed.com.au/affordablehousing. Review the draft Strategy and provide input before 4 pm on Wednesday 7 August 2024.

Online information sessions will also be held during the exhibition period, and community members can register on Your Say Tweed.

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  1. Tweed has for over 50 years had more people moving to the region than the environment or infrastructure can cope with.
    Sadly the fragile environment and amenity of this region is being destroyed by the sheer numbers of people who think they should be able to move to a regional area and have city infrastructure , roads and facilities while paying minimum rates and charges.
    Creating more housing and all the necessary infrastructure won’t solve the housing situation, as more and more people will continue to arrive. Blaming councils for lack of housing is dumb. They haven’t had authority for most planning permissions in NSW for years. And will never have enough money to do what people demand.
    So many want to (and are) create extra housing on existing properties, but are unwilling to pay extra rates and charges for the extra costs to the community of roads, sewerage, water provision, etc., etc.
    ‘Let us build a place for the family’ they say – and promptly rent it out in Airbnb/Stayz/whatever, not actually adding to housing availability at all.

    This is an international problem largely driven by greed and short term letting. We need legislation, not condemnation of councils. In Byron the long term rental availability has mysteriously increased when short term rentals are limited.. there’s a surprise!

  2. 1 in every 3 properties are being bought by investors for cash, without even needing to borrow from a bank, they are so untaxed and cashed up. Perhaps thats what needs addressing?
    These property investors may decide to buy most of these low cost properties and force up rents even higher? As Shorten proposed urgent legislation at the 2019 election to put a brake on investors greed. When so many people were fooled into inflicting another term of LNP economic Morrison catastrophe on the Commonwealth instead? What do you think property investor Duttons going to do about anything, especially with the Greens voting with Dutton against reform?


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