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3 October 2021
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Labor today released a comprehensive plan for Bellingen Shire Council to play a key role in addressing the housing crisis in the shire.

Labor says housing is one of the hottest issues in the shire and the community demands action. In response, Labor has announced its commitment to accelerated and effective implementation of the Bellingen Shire Local Housing Strategy. 

Under Labor’s plans, incentives will be offered to homeowners and landlords to create affordable housing for renters in the shire. As to provide more affordable housing, Labor will work to ensure all development in the Shire provided affordable options for low and middle-income prospective homeowners. Under Labor, Council would also play a role in obtaining public housing.

Elected Labor Councillors would:

  • Accelerate the implementation of the council’s existing Local Housing Strategy

  • Provide incentives for appropriate rezoning of land and converting properties

  • Incentivise landlords to offer secondary dwellings and homes at affordable rents

  • Support and seed-fund a community land trust 

  • Fund the Housing Matters Action Group to help drive progress and policy in Bellingen Shire and beyond
  • Pursue the state and federal government’s for a fair share of public housing investment

All of Labor’s plans for housing are funded within the council’s current budget.

Quotes attributable to Luke Barbagallo, Labor candidate for Council.

There is already much action on housing underway in our community. Committed volunteers have been advocating a clear and considered vision for several years. 

More than ever, this work needs to be further progressed within the Councill chambers and by the council executive. 

The Council offices on Hyde Street have the plan. What’s needed now is action to make the Local Housing Strategy a reality.  A Labor team on the council will act assertively and effectively to meet community expectations on housing. 

We need more types of housing of all types - for all budgets and for families, singles, the young, the old and the disadvantaged.

The current council has adopted the Local Housing Strategy, and it’s time for fresh energy and commitment to its implementation. 

We need to work with what we have. We need to ensure whatever we do fits with our natural environment, lifestyle and heritage.

The State and Federal governments have failed our region on housing policy. However, an innovative and progressive partnership between the community and the council can address these failings. The Labor team has a vision to serve the Shire where others have failed.

The housing crisis can be addressed with collaborative and consultative policies that prioritise immediate action. The Labor team is committed to acting decisively to address the housing crisis in our Shire and will make such action a priority if elected.

Our community fabric, culture and arts scene, our schools, our hospitals and our small businesses all rely on a diverse and affordable housing mix to prosper. 

The Labor team is committed to a prosperous Bellingen Shire, and action on housing is foundational to achieving this goal. 

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Andrew Woodward, + 61 411 623 980, - - - 0401154959

Authorised for NSW Labor by Andrew Woodward, 19 Casuarina Avenue, Bellingen NSW 2454

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