Task­force to tackle hous­ing

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THE in­sa­tiable de­mand for hous­ing in Syd­ney has forced the state gov­ern­ment to set up a depart­ment to fast-track hous­ing.

Al­most $60 mil­lion has been set aside in Tues­day’s State Bud­get to fast-track res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment across the city, with the fund­ing to also pay for a new Of­fice of Hous­ing Co-or­di­na­tion.

An ad­ver­tise­ment for a di­rec­tor of the depart­ment was posted last week, with a key duty be­ing “over­com­ing im­ped­i­ments” to the de­liv­ery of hous­ing projects. The of­fice will also over­see the de­liv­ery of in­fras­truc­ture such as roads and water and power sup­ply to en­sure homes were ready.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter An­thony Roberts said the new of­fice would help im­prove hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity by de­liv­er­ing sup­ply at a faster pace.

“Spe­cial­ists within the depart­ment will work with coun­cils to fast-track re­zon­ing and to fi­nalise zon­ings in pri­or­ity precincts. It will be their job to ad­dress any ob­sta­cle,” he said.

If the co-or­di­na­tor is un­able to re­solve is­sues de­lay­ing hous­ing sup­ply, they will be es­ca­lated to the new Hous­ing Af­ford­abil­ity Task­force, which re­ports to Cabi­net.

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