NSW Government has established a Regional Housing Taskforce in response to increasing pressures on the supply and affordability of housing in Regional NSW. The taskforce is charged with investigating regional housing issues and wants to hear about the barriers in buying, renting and building a place to live in the regions.
Throughout August 2021 the taskforce is conducting a major listening exercise with a series of face-to-face and virtual roundtable events to hear from councils and representatives from community groups, the housing, not-for-profit and development sectors, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, business groups and members of the public to identify barriers in the planning system to housing supply and affordability.
The face-to-face roundtables will be held in Ballina, Orange and Queanbeyan, covering the north, west and south of the state. At each location three separate roundtable meetings will be held covering the same content to give the best opportunity for people to attend a session. All face-to-face meetings will observe strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Details of virtual sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These virtual roundtables have been grouped to accommodate common interests. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest. Virtual Roundtable 1 For local government and Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Monday 9 August 10am to 12pm
Virtual Roundtable 2 For community, crisis, disability, and aged care housing providers, Monday 9 August 3pm to 5pm
Virtual Roundtable 3 For the development and construction Industry, Tuesday 10 August 9.30am to 11.30am
Virtual Roundtable 4 For the general public and local businesses, Tuesday 10 August 5pm to 7pm.
Details of face-to-face sessions will be confirmed upon registration. These in-person roundtables are open to all stakeholders, but places will be limited due to venue capacity especially with regard COVID restrictions, and allocated on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. Additional events may be scheduled if there is enough interest.
Northern Roundtable 1, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 2pm to 3pm
Northern Roundtable 2, Ballina, Tuesday 17 August 4pm to 5pm
Northern Roundtable 3, Ballina, Wednesday 18 August 9am to 10am
Central West Roundtable 1, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 9am to 10am
Central West Roundtable 2, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 11am to 12pm
Central West Roundtable 3, Orange, Tuesday 24 August 2pm to 3pm
Southern Roundtable 1, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 9am to 10am
Southern Roundtable 2, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 11.30am to 12.30pm
Southern Roundtable 3, Queanbeyan, Thursday 26 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
The taskforce will use the evidence and insights to make recommendations to the Government on ways to address barriers to the delivery of regional housing.
The taskforce is led by Newcastle-based independent planning expert Garry Fielding as Chair. Mr Fielding is a qualified town planner with more than 40 years’ experience in State and local government and the private sector. He has worked at senior executive levels with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and also as head planner with Newcastle, Woollahra and Maitland Councils. The taskforce also comprises senior experts from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Department of Regional NSW.
For enquiries to the Regional Housing taskforce email [email protected]