13 – Housing

Housing

As the Independent member for Robertson I will seek to join forces with the Council if the Council’s view reflects the following:

Council’s purpose is to comprehensively understand the various housing needs of the Central Coast population and to assist with satisfying those needs:

  1. with a study of the different housing demands, and a public report of existing & projected
  2. demands 2018 – 2036 [Central Coast Housing: Projected Demand]
  3. with Council’s regulatory and zoning policies
  4. with Council’s requirements of developers
  5. with well-researched and public-supported representations to NSW and Federal governments for funding, legislative, and bureaucratic assistance to implement Council’s report, Central Coast Housing: Projected Demand.

I SUPPORT THE CC COUNCIL’S CURRENT EFFORTS TO PRODUCE AN ‘AFFORDABLE HOUSING’ STRATEGY AND I HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CPCC’S SUBMISSION TO THE COUNCIL ON THIS MATTER. FROM MY OWN RESEARCH , AND LENGTHY EXPERIENCE IN NORWAY, I SUPPORT A ‘PEPPER AND SALT’ POLICY WHEREBY ALL SIZEABLE DEVELOPMENTS MUST INCLUDE A PERCENTAGE OF LOW-COST HOUSING FOR HOMELESS PERSONS, THOSE SUDDENLY REQUIRING EMERGENCY HOUSING, AND PERSONS ON VERY LOW INCOMES.

I ALLOW THE CPCC POLICY [WHICH PRECEDED THE COUNCIL’S COMMISSIONED REPORT] TO GO FORWARD WITH MY SUPPORT, BUT, DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE CURRENT COUNCIL’S DELIBERATIONS, I MAY SHIFT SUPPORT TO THE COUNCIL’S CONCLUSION.  

Elements/Actions:

13.1. Local Community Engagement:

13.1.1. Individuals, community groups and stakeholders who have experience of, & work with, families; single persons, people who are homeless; people with disabilities; war veterans, emergency and essential workers in need of affordable housing, will be encouraged to bring forward their concerns to Council as partners in any plans to deliver housing solutions that meet the needs of these broad categories of people.

13.2. Central Coast Council:

13.2.1. Council will, before the end of 2019, establish an Emergency Task Force comprising Council’s CEO, elected Councillors, and representatives from organisations with long-term experience providing accommodation for the wide range of different categories of homelessness.

13.2.2. Council will, with the assistance of its Emergency Task Force, produce a report Central Coast

Housing: Projected Demand & Salt and Pepper Supply including a detailed plan for effective zoning and regulatory parameters to meet the housing needs of a broad range of citizens with different housing needs: families; single persons, people who are homeless, war veterans, emergency and essential workers. It will propose to Council precise changes to the requirements of DAs such that all large developments, business, industry or residential, are required to provide a proportion of low-cost, low-maintenance housing for essential workers, people who experience long-term homelessness, and for emergency accommodation.

13.2.3. Council will partner with other government organisations with existing expertise and programs, such as National Affordable Housing Providers Limited (NAHP), the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), and the local government area’s relevant service providers in delivering tailored programs and opportunities. Council will also seek to utilise the input from 13.1.1 and work with relevant service providers in delivering affordable housing opportunities for families; single persons, homeless people, war veterans, emergency and essential workers in need of affordable housing [eg Common Ground and Way to Home].

13.2.4. Council will draft rules that create financial incentives for the inclusion of renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage where appropriate, & co-generation on all developments. Council will seek to remove any approval blockages for such inclusions.

13.2.5. Council will require that all developments minimise the use of fossil fuel based building products & maximise the use of natural building materials and zero, or low toxic building products.

13.2.6. Council will promote the formation of community energy co-operatives to establish mini-grids and decentralise electricity supply.

13.2.7. Council will develop a Sustainable Buildings Policy for Commercial Buildings using the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star environmental rating system for buildings.

13.2.8. Council will develop a Sustainable Buildings Policy for Residential Buildings based on the Commonwealth Government’s “Your Home”.

13.2.9. Council will support existing initiatives such as: Tiny Homes; Narara Eco Village.

13.3. NSW Government:

13.3.1. Council will use Central Coast Housing: Projected Demand & Salt and Pepper Supply report as the basis of its representations, negotiations and campaigning for NSW Government funding for Central Coast homeless people and low cost housing.

13.3.2. Council will seek the assistance of the NSW Minister for Local Government to have included in the LEP the recommendations of Central Coast Housing: Projected Demand & Salt and Pepper Supply

13.3.3. Council will make representations, negotiations and campaign for NSW Government funding for Central Coast’s Sustainable Building Policies and renewable energy initiatives.

13.4. Federal Government:

13.4.1. Council will use Central Coast Housing: Projected Demand & Salt and Pepper Supply report as the basis of its representations, negotiations and campaigning for Federal Government funding for Central Coast homeless people and low cost housing.

13.4.2. Council will make representations, negotiations and campaign for Federal Government funding for Central Coast’s Sustainable Building Policies and renewable energy initiatives.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL WORK WITH THE COUNCIL TO PRESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION AND FUNDING TO SUPPORT A CENTRAL COAST HOUSING PLAN.