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Release on actions and solutions from July 2017 Affordable Housing Forum

Affordable Housing Forum releases Communique on actions and solutions 

Sydney is the second-most unaffordable city in the world was not lost on close to 200 people who came together to discuss practical solutions to the chronic underinvestment in social and affordable Housing crisis in Sydney. 

Diverse participants from all levels of government, development industry, community housing sector, NGOs, private sector, urban development and planning professionals, and housing researchers were in attendance and worked collaboratively to develop a Communique on Affordable Housing. The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing and Special Minister of State opened the conference and looks forward to the outcome of the forum and recommendations. 

Participants were highly engaged throughout the Forum, with Cr Sally Betts, President of Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) noting “how important it was to have local government, community housing providers, and developers all working together in the same room to develop solutions to such a critical issue”. 

John Brockhoff, Principal Policy Officer at the Planning Institute of Australia stated that “there is an opportunity to streamline contributions for affordable housing using a single model code.” 

Wendy Hayhurst, CEO of NSW Federation of Housing Associations, said that it was important to “ensure that housing created through the planning system are dedicated as affordable rental housing in perpetuity, and managed by a registered Community Housing Provider.” 

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