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Regional NSW feels rental squeeze

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Regional NSW feels rental squeeze

 

 

Everybody’s Home

 

 

A new analysis of rental vacancies rates in regional NSW shows tenants living in regional centres across in the country’s largest state are most vulnerable to rent increases, as landlords look to recoup the cost of rising interest rates.

Everybody’s Home – the national campaign for real housing solutions – has analysed and ranked rental data from SQM. The five regions impacted most by the state’s rental crisis shows rental vacancy rates well below 1% at the same time rents have increased between 10-20%

 

Community Rental Properties Vacancy Rate Annual increase Asking rent Vaccant rental properties
Broken Hill/Dubbo 15246

 

0.42% 14.5 390 64
Murray Region 25282

 

0.43% 11.4% 365 108
Riverina region 32573

 

0.44% 16.5% 379 143
Wollongong 32573 0.55% 18% 548 407
Tamworth 32573 0.58% 9.9% 358 178

Everybody’s Home spokesperson, Kate Colvin, said as mortgage interest rates doubled many landlords would seek to pass the cost on to tenants.

“Renters are in for a seriously difficult time as landlords capitalize on historically low vacancy rates to shift the rising cost of interest rates on to their tenants. “

“After a decade of inaction on social and affordable housing from the previous Commonwealth Government we really are in a perfect storm.  There are limited options for people who can’t afford to buy but want to stay in their local community.

“Just because you rent, doesn’t mean you haven’t established deep roots in a community. Renters on low and modest incomes work in the local shops and aged care services. They have kids in local schools, are members of sports clubs, and attend local churches. They deserve the same stability as everyone else.

“We need to start planning for more social and affordable houses now. A dip in construction starts is forecast for next year, and that’s a great opportunity for Government to swing in and take up the slack in the industry.

“The bitter fruit of  a decade of housing neglect is with us now and is being unfairly forced on low income renters. This problem will only get worse if we fail to act.”

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Hinterland Village Alstonville

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Hinterland Village Alstonville emerges as an ambitious proposal poised to enrich the local tourism landscape, offering both short-term and long-term accommodation options. On Monday, April 8th, 2024, a Development Application was formally submitted to the Ballina Shire Council, marking the culmination of nine months of collaborative efforts between the developers and the council.

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HINTERLAND VILLAGE ALSTONVILLE Artist Impression

In response to community needs and feedback, the envisioned village, initially capable of accommodating 175 homes, has been thoughtfully scaled back to 145 residences. This adjustment allows for the integration of essential communal amenities, including expansive orchards, vibrant community gardens, and a multifunctional community hall. Notably, private consultation rooms will be available within the hall, catering to residents’ healthcare needs and fostering a sense of inclusivity. The design ethos draws inspiration from the idyllic charm of Alstonville, prioritizing natural open spaces and harmonious coexistence with the surrounding environment.

Behind the visionary project stands a developer with a proven track record, boasting extensive experience in constructing and managing over 55 lifestyle villages and accessible housing initiatives. Recognizing the pressing need for accessible long-term accommodation, particularly in a flood-free locale, the developers are optimistic about the potential for a favourable outcome from the council.

With a firm commitment to sustainability, accessibility, and community well-being, Hinterland Village embodies a vision of holistic living that promises to resonate with residents and visitors alike. As the application progresses, the developers eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute positively to the local landscape and enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders involved.

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

Lismore Area Libraries are offering an extensive range of fantastic school holiday activities. April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

As part of the 2024 Lismore Youth Week, we are offering:

Acting workshop with Neighbours star Madeleine West, for ages 12-24.

Film workshop with an award-winning writer-director, also for ages 12-24.

Locals aged 12-24 are encouraged to book for these free sessions here: https://lismore-events.bookable.net.au/

For younger ages, there are almost too many options. So why not just book in for the whole lot? Children are invited to:

Learn about ANZAC history and make some poppies to decorate our window.

Make a jar terrarium to take care of and watch grow over the holidays.

Use the extensive collection of Lego the library owns at two open play sessions.

And so much more craft, games and fun!

ALL events are FREE, but bookings are required. The full list of events can be viewed here: https://events.humanitix.com/tours/school-holiday-activities-at-lismore-area-libraries

 

April School Holidays at Lismore Area Libraries

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

 

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown following a short stay at Coffs Harbour Airport whilst undergoing repairs following a diversion.

The aircraft was participating in a Royal Australian Air Force training activity over the ocean off the NSW coast when it diverted to Coffs Harbour airport following an in-flight technical issue.

RAAF technicians have conducted repair works at the airport to ensure the aircraft was serviceable as soon as possible.

Residents are advised that an engine-run will be conducted at 2pm prior to the aircraft’s departure to ensure it is safe to return home to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Elevated noise levels will be associated with the engine-run activity, which is required prior to confirming the aircraft’s readiness for departure.

Strict security protocols are in place to safeguard the F-35A Lightning II aircraft whilst undergoing repairs.

The Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank Coffs Harbour Airport for their hospitality, and the local community for their ongoing support.

 

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