Communities across the region are invited to share their views on how the NSW Government can respond to increasing pressures on the supply and affordability of housing in regional NSW.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said anyone can participate in the online sessions which will be hosted by the Regional Housing Taskforce during August.
“It’s no secret that places like Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Mudgee and Gulgong are experiencing housing shortages, in both the purchase and rental sectors,” Mr Saunders said.
“Several months ago I urged councils and other stakeholder groups to come together and work towards solutions, and these sessions will be a good chance for the first steps to be taken.
“We want to hear your experiences to better understand the challenges when buying and renting in the bush, so we can drive policy that delivers new housing opportunities for regional communities.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is looking to tackle the combination of factors putting pressure on housing supply.
“By having the right housing policies, planning rules and support in place, we can boost our economic recovery and ensure everyone has a safe place to call home,” Mr Stokes said.
“Housing supply is as important in the regions as in Sydney, which is why I set up the Regional Housing Taskforce to investigate how we can better use the planning system and other levers to boost supply.”
Throughout August, the Taskforce will be engaging with councils, Members of Parliament, the housing and development sectors, as well as the local community.
For more information, to register for an event or make an online submission visit www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/regional-housing.