Monday, June 17, 2024

ALGA signs on to landmark housing accord

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has signed up to a landmark Housing Accord that plans to deliver up to one million affordable homes for Australians.

Association President, Linda Scott said including the ALGA as a representative of Australia’s 537 councils in the deal struck between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, investors, and the residential development, building and construction sector was recognition of the key role local government plays in facilitating affordable housing.

“A lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges councils and our communities are facing, and we look forward to working with governments, financiers and the housing industry to help facilitate more affordable homes for Australians,” President Scott said.

“ALGA has also committed to partnering with the Government to develop the National Housing and Homelessness Plan.”

She also welcomed the Government’s new Growing Regions Program and regional Precincts and Partnerships Program, which will include $1 billion of new funding for councils over the next three years.

“Many of our regional communities have been devastated by flooding this year, and some are still recovering from cyclones and fires,” said President Scott.

“Federal funding to our regions is more important than ever, and these new programs will help councils build stronger, more liveable communities.

“Regional and remote councils have put significant time and resources into developing funding proposals for round six of the Building Better Regions Fund, which has been discontinued.

“Local governments support transparent funding and it is critical the Federal Government ensures all funding to councils is transparent and accountable.”

She said ALGA would be advocating for both the Growing Regions Program and Precincts and Partnerships Program to be dedicated to local government infrastructure.

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