Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed the release of the NSW Government’s first ever housing strategy for the State, which outlines a 20-year vision for better housing across NSW.
Mr Saunders said the Housing 2041 strategy and an initial two-year action plan will deliver improved outcomes immediately, and into the future, by focusing on housing supply, diversity, affordability and resilience.
“It’s no secret that housing, both government and private, is in short supply in all parts of our region, but this strategy will allow us to better plan and deliver housing that meets the needs of people now and over the next 20 years,” Mr Saunders said.
“We have listened to stakeholders who have told us about the importance of housing that is affordable, that is sustainable and meets the needs of households as they age.
“New and innovative housing will be delivered when and where it is needed, supported by sustainable technologies that can help reduce living costs.”
The Housing 2041 includes a strong focus on supporting regional NSW on the back of recent crises that have ravaged NSW including COVID-19, bushfires and floods.
The Strategy and inaugural two-year action plan features initiatives to support better housing outcomes including:
- Better access to data, including the launch of the Government Property Index (GPI) – an online interactive mapping tool that will increase transparency of the State’s property portfolio and encourage private investment on public land
- establishing a cross-sector Expert Housing Advisory Panel to guide delivery of Housing 2041 and increase collaboration across Government and the housing sector
- better use of government-owned land and information to develop new housing types, tenures and delivery models
- strengthening relationships with local governments, the community housing sector and developers to trial new innovative housing solutions
Housing 2041 was informed by sector-wide consultations and community feedback following the launch of a Discussion Paper in June 2020.