SUCCESSFUL FORUM ADDRESSES HOUSING CONCERNS IN GRIFFITH
Griffith City Council will investigate ways to improve livability in the city following a successful forum held on Tuesday night.
The Griffith Residential Land and Future of Housing Forum saw around 60 key industry representatives including real estate agents, developers, bankers and business chamber attend.
The forum was an opportunity for Council to connect with interested stakeholders to discuss long term solutions.
During the forum Mayor John Dal Broi, General Manager Brett Stonestreet, and Director for Sustainable Development, Phil Harding gave insight into the availability of land for development.
Mayor John Dal Broi said the forum was helpful in providing Council clear direction.
“What we have established is that there is enough land available, it’s just a matter of developers utilising it,” said Councillor Dal Broi.
“The next step for Council is to look at what we can do to encourage that, such as quicker Development Application turnaround times and talking to utility companies about how we can streamline some of the processes.
“We’ve been told that from the time you make an enquiry, to actually getting a house built can take up to two years and that’s a fair concern. We recognise that’s a lengthy time and we will be looking at how we can help cut that back if at all possible.
“There is a fair bit of work to do, but we are pleased to be talking about these issues and trying to address them. Our aim is to support development and growth in our City.”
The forum outlined the Griffith Land Use Strategy, providing details of the land available for development and population forecasts. Current figures indicate there is ample land available in Griffith to meet demand.
Other issues discussed on the night included the potential for increasing dual occupancy and reducing lot sizes in Griffith to accommodate people looking to downsize.
On the back of this forum Council can announce they have been successful in obtaining a Building Better Regions Affordable Housing grant, which was applied for in December.
Cr Dal Broi said Council could see the value in hosting similar forums moving forward.
“Availability of housing and diversity of housing choice are at the top of the list for a lot of residents. We've got to be open to finding solutions and this grant will allow us to do that,” said Cr Dal Broi.
“I’m happy with how the forum went. It was a good to see everyone concerned come together in a positive way to share ideas.
“This has helped Council understand a whole range of issues and we will now do our best to help move things forward. The Land Use Strategy will be reviewed to ensure it remains relevant for current needs.”