Leaders in affordable housing

Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has committed to addressing affordable housing in a bid to provide more housing choice for households earning less than $100,000 per year.

Councillors authorised the Chief Executive Officer to finalise an Affordable Housing Strategy drawing heavily on the draft strategy which was on public exhibition for 103 days last year.

During that time, 441 submissions were received, along with supportive petitions containing 1,718 signatures.

Following the public consultation period, councillors worked together to develop a united approach to housing affordability.

Council acknowledged the work of housing expert Judith Stubbs.

Mayor Jane Smith said Council’s commitment to a strategy was a demonstration of its commitment to be a leader in this area, as more than 60 percent of Central Coast households earn less than $2,000 per week and are at risk of experiencing housing stress within the current market.