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Getting on with tackling the rental crisis

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Getting on with tackling the rental crisis

 

The Minns Government is accelerating the passage of practical reforms to ease the pressure on renters by pressing pause on moves to end secret rent bidding.

The Government will amend its legislation before the Parliament to remove section 22B, covering secret rent bidding, allowing the other elements passage through the Legislative Assembly.

This decision clears the path to get on with passing the legislation, which is needed to:

  • Implement a portable bond scheme that delivers significant financial relief to renters;
  • Close existing loopholes and extend the ban on soliciting rental bids so it applies to third-party platforms and owners, not just real estate agents; and
  • Empower the NSW Rental Commissioner to gather pricing data from agents, allowing them to advocate for renters and provide quality advice to government.

The Government’s decision follows constructive engagement with advocacy organisations and crossbench members of the NSW Parliament.

It has become apparent that section 22B would not pass the upper house in its current form.

Without upper house support, the Government could not risk renters being made to wait longer, if the bill was delayed for weeks or months in parliament.

Interviews for the newly-created role of NSW Rental Commissioner are scheduled for this week, and the Government has already begun work on the next tranche of rental reform.

The Government will charge the Rental Commissioner with continuing this work to make the market more transparent in close consultation with advocates and the sector.

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The Minns Government is accelerating the passage of practical reforms to ease the pressure on renters due to rental crisis by pressing pause on moves to end secret rent bidding.

The Rental Commissioner will also make it easier for renters to have pets and will end ‘no grounds’ evictions.

Aside from rental reforms, the Minns Government is taking steps to increase housing supply across the state and ease pressure on the rental market.

Last week the Government passed its First Home Buyer legislation, ensuring more support will go to those who need it most with five in every six first home buyers paying no tax or a reduced rate.

The NSW Government has begun an audit into surplus public land that could be rezoned for housing, it has included housing supply in the Sydney Metro review and the Government will establish a Building Commission to make sure NSW is building good quality, affordable homes.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fair Trading and Better Regulation Anoulack Chanthivong

“With a rental crisis in NSW, we need to provide relief as soon as possible.

“Being an Australian-first reform, we understand there are questions about how a ban on secret rent bidding will be implemented.

“We can’t let that put a handbrake on areas where there is broad agreement.

“I want to thank the crossbench and renters advocates for their engagement on these reforms.”

Quotes attributable to Premier Chris Minns:

“We have been upfront: the minority Parliament won’t support every bit of every bill, and we’ll be pragmatic working through that.

“This decision means we can get on with the rest of our rental reform agenda, including ending ‘no-grounds’ evictions.”

 

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

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Terania Street Reopening to Light Vehicles Only

 

After a closure lasting over four months, Terania Street in Lismore is set to reopen to light vehicles starting from late Friday 21 June, pending favourable weather conditions. This reopening follows the implementation of traffic calming measures aimed at preventing further damage to the rail-over-road bridge caused by oversized vehicles.

  • Traffic Calming Measures:
    • New measures include speed humps, a reduced speed limit of 25 km/h, restricted lane width, traffic islands, and surveillance cameras. These are designed specifically to slow down light vehicles and restrict heavy vehicles (over 4.5 tonnes) from using Terania Street near the rail bridge.
  • Purpose of Measures:
    • The installation aims to prevent future damage to the bridge, which necessitated its closure between Tweed and Peate streets since February 7.
  • Community Impact and Appreciation:
    • Transport for NSW, through Director Region North Anna Zycki, expressed gratitude to residents and businesses for their patience during the closure period. They continue to work towards a permanent solution for the bridge’s sustainability.
  • Heavy Vehicle Detour:
    • Heavy vehicles are advised to use a detour via Wilson Street, Elliott Road, and Ballina Road until further notice. Residents needing access to or from Peate Street should detour via Pine, Crane, and Tweed streets.
  • Heritage Council Approval:
    • Transport for NSW has received approval from the NSW Heritage Council to remove the Terania Street rail-over-road bridge. They are currently addressing the consent conditions and will inform the community about the commencement of this work.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • New signage, including ‘No right turn’ signs at Peate Street, has been installed to guide vehicles and ensure compliance with the new traffic conditions.

For ongoing updates and details, residents and road users are encouraged to stay informed through Transport for NSW communications channels.

This reopening marks a significant step in restoring normal traffic flow while safeguarding the historic bridge structure from further damage caused by inappropriate vehicle use.

 

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

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Social Housing Waitlist Surges in Northern NSW – Urgent State Budget Action Needed

 

Analysis by the Community Housing Industry Association NSW (CHIA NSW) has revealed a significant increase in the number of people seeking priority social housing in the Northern NSW region. The priority housing list is designated for those at imminent risk of homelessness, highlighting the severity of the housing crisis.

Priority Housing Increase by Region:

  • Ballina: 190%
  • Casino: 165%
  • Tweed Heads: 142%
  • Grafton: 132%
  • Byron Bay: 129%
  • Mullumbimby: 118%
  • Lower Clarence: 108%
  • Lismore: 107%

CHIA NSW CEO, Mark Degotardi, emphasized the dire shortage of available homes in the Northern NSW region. “Many people are languishing for more than a decade in some suburbs and regions. Over 58,000 families and individuals are waiting for housing across NSW. This is why we need significant funding in the upcoming State Budget to start addressing the housing crisis,” Mr. Degotardi stated.

Mr. Degotardi underscored the readiness of the not-for-profit community housing industry to collaborate with all levels of government to deliver housing solutions for vulnerable people. “Community housing providers have projects that are ready to roll but need the funding to get them started,” he said.

The upcoming state budget on June 18 is crucial for the Minns Government to demonstrate its commitment to resolving the housing crisis. “A housing crisis needs a crisis response. The time for incremental reform and small budget allocations is over,” Mr. Degotardi asserted.

The escalating need for priority social housing across Northern NSW underscores the urgent requirement for substantial government intervention and funding to provide immediate and effective housing solutions.

 

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

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Glen Innes Severn Council Celebrates Success at New South Wales Local Government Awards

 

Glen Innes Severn Council celebrated a remarkable evening at the New South Wales Local Government Awards in Sydney on Friday, June 7, securing multiple accolades in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the local government sector.

Rural Management Challenge Triumph

The Council’s Rural Management Challenge (RMC) team, known as the ‘Highlanders,’ emerged as state winners, triumphing over 24 other councils. The team, comprised of Rhonda Bombell (Coordinator of Economic Development and Tourism), David Hunt (Manager of Assets), Shageer Mohammed (Chief Financial Officer), and Anthony Kamphorst (Manager of Infrastructure Delivery), initially won the regional heat in Bellingen in November 2023, advancing to the state final in Sydney in February 2024.

The RMC final challenged the Highlanders with complex scenarios that simulated real-world situations, testing their strategic thinking, decision-making skills, and knowledge of rural management practices. Their exceptional performance demonstrated a profound understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities, securing their victory as state champions.

Asset and Infrastructure Award

Adding to the evening’s success, Glen Innes Severn Council received the Asset and Infrastructure Award for the construction of the Yarrow Creek Bridge on Mount Mitchell Road. This award highlighted the Council’s innovative approach to upskilling staff, enabling them to complete intricate projects internally and reduce dependency on external contractors. Glen Innes Severn was among eight councils nominated for this prestigious award.

Leadership and Community Impact

Mayor Rob Banham expressed immense pride in the Council’s achievements, stating, “Council’s success at the LG Awards night is a clear indication of the hard work within Glen Innes Severn Council. Winning two prestigious awards motivates us to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of our operations.”

General Manager Bernard Smith, who attended the LG Awards night, also lauded the Council’s accomplishments: “We are incredibly proud of our staff’s achievements. The Rural Management Challenge award highlights the Highlanders’ strategic thinking and leadership capabilities, while the Award for Asset and Infrastructure reflects our Infrastructure Delivery Team’s ongoing efforts to enhance and maintain our community’s essential services.”

Celebrating Collective Achievements

The Glen Innes Severn Council extends its congratulations to all winners and nominees, celebrating the collective achievements that strengthen the vitality of local government in NSW. This recognition underscores the Council’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to improving the community through innovative practices and effective leadership.

By securing these awards, Glen Innes Severn Council not only showcases its capabilities but also sets a benchmark for other councils in New South Wales, inspiring continued growth and development within the local government sector.

 

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