Af­ford­able hous­ing talk

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds -

ABOUT 130 peo­ple from the State Govern­ment, pri­vate and non-profit sec­tors got to­gether to dis­cuss af­ford­able hous­ing last week.

Shel­ter WA hosted the break­fast with ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chan­tal Roberts, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing Colin Holt, Hous­ing Author­ity act­ing gen­eral man­ager for strat­egy and pol­icy Ju­lian Wright and FJM Prop­erty di­rec­tor Adrian Fini giv­ing speeches.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi, City of Vin­cent Mayor John Carey and Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non at­tended.

Mr Fini spoke about ways Perth could cre­ate more af­ford­able hous­ing.

“If we stopped build­ing round­abouts for a year in Perth, we could solve this prob­lem overnight,” he said.

He said the blan­ket plan­ning model used in WA was con­strict­ing and Perth needed to be more open-minded and flex­i­ble when it came to den­sity.

“We know what (land) is sa­cred; res­i­dents tell us all the time,” he said.

Mr Fini said lo­cal gov­ern­ments needed to take the op­por­tu­nity now to look at their sur­plus land and use it for af­ford­able hous­ing.

He said verge space could be used to in­crease hous­ing.

Mr Wright one key theme of the Hous­ing Author­ity’s Af­ford­able Hous­ing Strat­egy 2010-2020 was stronger re­la­tion­ships across all sec­tors.

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