The Australian Local Government Association has welcomed new funding – announced by National Cabinet today – that will help councils address Australia’s affordable housing crisis.
ALGA President Cr Linda Scott said the Government’s new $500 million Housing Support Program – open to local and state governments – would support councils to build more liveable communities.
“We are delighted the Government has heard our call for more investment in vital infrastructure that will enable new housing developments,” said Cr Scott.
“We can’t fix the housing crisis by just building more homes – we have to invest in the amenities and local infrastructure necessary for strong, healthy communities.
“This new Housing Support Program will help Australia’s 537 local governments build the parks, footpaths, roads, sporting grounds and other local infrastructure that are vital for liveable communities.”
Cr Scott also welcomed the announcement of further support for built environmental professionals, including local government planners.
“ALGA’s research shows there is a severe shortage of skilled planners in local government, and we need increased investment to facilitate streamlined housing approvals and strategic planning to identify new growth areas.”
Cr Scott said it’s vital that local communities continue to have a say in development in their local areas.
“We believe that we get better housing outcomes when decisions are made locally,” said Cr Scott.
“We look forward to working with all levels of government to address the critical shortage of affordable housing across our nation.
“As a former voting member of COAG and a signatory to the Housing Accord, ALGA was disappointed not to be part of today’s National Cabinet deliberations, and looks forward to continuing discussions with National Cabinet to restore ALGA’s voting rights of this critical national intergovernmental forum.”