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Criticism Mounts Over Federal Budget 2024 Housing Package

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Criticism Mounts Over Federal Budget 2024 Housing Package

 

The housing package unveiled in the 2024 federal budget, totalling $6.2 billion, has faced sharp criticism for its perceived inadequacy in tackling the affordability crisis, despite some groups welcoming the new initiatives.

The aim of the housing package is to unlock more affordable housing options, alleviate infrastructure bottlenecks, and bolster student housing without exacerbating inflation. However, critics argue that the measures fall short of addressing the pressing housing challenges faced by Australians.

Out of the $6.2 billion in new funding announced, $1.9 billion is allocated towards loans for the development of new social and affordable homes, while $1 billion is earmarked for ‘enabling infrastructure’ essential for connecting services to new housing developments, including roads, water, and power.

Although this funding adds to the over $11 billion in housing measures announced earlier, some of these initiatives were repurposed funding and joint agreements with states and territories.

Maiy Azize, spokesperson for Everybody’s Home, expressed disappointment, stating that the government’s budget fails to alleviate the housing cost burden for Australians already struggling in a challenging housing market. Azize criticized the perceived lack of genuine funding for social housing, highlighting that much of it constitutes repackaged initiatives and loan offers rather than real financial support.

Meanwhile, Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor criticised the government’s failure to address inflation and the cost-of-living pressures experienced by households and businesses nationwide.

The reception to the housing package underscores the ongoing debate over the adequacy of government measures in addressing the housing affordability crisis, highlighting the need for more comprehensive and effective solutions.

 

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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

 

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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