Taskforce to tackle housing
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.