Council calls on community to help seek solution to housing crisis

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Surf Coast Shire Council is calling on members of the community to contribute their input and insights into a project that aims to explore increasing affordable housing on a Council-owned site in Aireys Inlet.

Located at 2 Fraser Drive, the site has housed residents in four affordable housing dwellings since the early 1990s. There is also a 1,100m2 community garden and a public access walkway to Albert Avenue, both of which will remain in Council’s ownership and are not part of this project development.

Council is willing to consider proposals from registered housing agencies to forgo the value of the land to develop social and affordable housing and transfer the management of existing four social housing dwellings.

Any proposals for a land use arrangement would be subject to a decision-making process at a future Council meeting.

Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Libby Stapleton said community engagement was an important step towards establishing a community endorsed vision for social and affordable housing at the 2 Fraser Drive site.

“At a time when private rental vacancy rates are below 1 per cent and 783 people are on the waiting list for social housing in the Anglesea district alone – job vacancy rates in the Great South Coast area have also ballooned,” Cr Stapleton said.

“For some of us – even those of us deeply embedded in our communities and townships – it doesn’t take much to become extremely vulnerable. Creating social and affordable housing is about making sure that when we are confronted with a health crisis, relationship breakdown or job loss, we all have access to safe, secure and affordable housing.”

The proposed project responds to community requests for affordable housing for local people across the Surf Coast Shire, with a range of groups identified as having increased housing need.

“We’ve heard from key workers, families, women and older residents struggling to stay in towns across the shire due to a lack of affordable housing,” Cr Stapleton said.

A close working relationship between Council and stakeholders provides the potential to ensure that any further affordable housing is built according to ecologically sustainable design principles, and well integrated into the local and natural environment.

There will be a series of opportunities to discuss the potential for the site, starting 9 October at Aireys Inlet Market, as well as on 14 and 22 October at Aireys Inlet Hall.

Drop In Sessions

Sunday October 9

Aireys Inlet Market

9am-1pm

Friday October 14

Aireys Inlet Hall

3-5pm

Saturday October 22

Aireys Inlet Hall

11-1pm

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