Roundtable seeks solutions on housing affordability

  • March 14, 2017

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman hosted Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Michael Sukkar MP and a number of local representatives for a roundtable discussion on housing affordability this week.

Over 20 participants attended from a range of community, professional and support organisations to identify potential solutions to Australia’s housing affordability challenges.

Minister Sukkar spoke of the importance of receiving a broad range of ideas from stakeholders and communities across Australia.

“It’s great to hear a range of ideas on how we can help Australians with housing affordability across the entire sector – from private ownership to increasing availability of social housing”

“One of the major concerns we have is about getting the right supply of housing into the right places.”

“The Government is looking towards measures which will assist home buyers, while being smarter about how we address the demand side of housing affordability”, Minister Sukkar said.

Mr Zimmerman recognised the need for new ideas to help rise to the growing affordability challenge.

“We simply can’t continue with the current growth in demand while wage growth doesn’t keep pace. It’s critically important that we keep affordable housing at the forefront of our thinking in terms of new development”

“In my electorate prices are out of reach for many people – not just first home buyers, but also those young families who are looking to find additional space.”

“I’m pleased to be able to bring together so many knowledgeable and experienced people to help us find solutions which will support future generations.

“As the government finalises its Budget, which will be delivered in May, the input of our community was invaluable,” Mr Zimmerman said.

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