LABOR WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE ACTION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHILE BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT SITS ON ITS HANDS

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NSW Labor has vowed to continue to come up with positive policies on Sydney's housing affordability despite the Berejikilian's government negative response to its latest policy announcement. 

Labor leader Luke Foley and his deputy and Shadow Planning Minister, Michael Daley, yesterday released a bold new plan to tackle the problem by setting mandatory affordable housing targets for low and middle income earners. 

This contrasted sharply with the government's inaction on the problem. 

Ms Berejiklian listed housing affordability as her number one priority on taking over the Premier’s job yet in five months into the job she has not announced one policy to help people who are shut out of the housing market.

Under the policy announced by Mr Foley and Mr Daley:       

  • 25% of dwellings constructed on government-owned land that is being redeveloped will be designated as affordable housing;

 

  • 15% of dwellings on privately owned land rezoned for housing will be designated as affordable housing;

 

  • A full audit will be conducted of all publicly-owned land and an Affordable Housing Land Register established; and  

 

  • The work of UrbanGrowth refocused to ensure its first priority is to assist first home buyers, meaning UrbanGrowth will track the development of land identified in the Affordable Housing Land Register to make sure it comes to market as quickly possible. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The community will be disappointed with the State Government’s negative response to Labor’s positive plan. 

“In stark contrast to Labor, this Government has had six years to act on housing affordability but has done nothing. 

“As both Treasurer and now Premier, Ms Berejiklian has sat on her hands while more people are priced out of the market.

“Its policies have not worked. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Planning Michael Daley 

“Something has to be done to help families on moderate and low incomes to get into the housing market. 

“We have a plan and a vision for dealing with the affordability crisis and it involves positive new action, not a repeat of the same policies that have failed to address the problem.”