Thursday, April 25, 2024

Housing strategy updated for Gunnedah Shire growth

Gunnedah Shire Council has updated its Local Housing Strategy to ensure it aligns with the amended New England North West Regional Plan 2041, which is now on public exhibition.

Mayor, Jamie Chaffey said the NSW Government, in consultation with councils in the region, had conducted a review of its original plan, to consider some of the key land use challenges and opportunities of the past five years.

“As a result, a number of subtle changes were made, necessitating updates to the Gunnedah Shire Local Housing Strategy which was endorsed in 2023,” Mayor Chaffey said.

“In making the updates, Council ensures the Strategy is strengthened and continues to provide a framework for future growth in the Shire, increase the supply of innovative and affordable housing options, and provide clear guidance to Council in providing sustainable housing options.

“The Strategy continues to recognise there was a housing crisis in the state and allows Council to be on the front foot in finding well-planned solutions for the years ahead.”

The Mayor said housing represented the biggest cost most people faced in juggling increasing expenses from week to week and year to year.

“It is critical that, as a Shire, we plan ahead to address housing for our growing population, and take into account the economic pressures that people face,” he said.

“The Gunnedah Shire Local Housing Strategy continues to take a practical approach in identifying areas suitable for additional housing, and finding ways to provide diversity of choice in residential land and dwelling types.

“There is no easy fix for the housing shortage that is a statewide – and a nationwide – issue, but this updated strategy ensures we approach our decisions in the future with clear guidelines and priorities.”

View the updated Gunnedah Shire Local Housing Strategy at www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au.

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