Shelter NSW regional housing report confirming worst fears in Regional NSW

The regional housing crisis is deep and entrenched, demanding a significant response from the NSW Parliament and Government that forms after the March NSW State Election.
Shelter NSW recently released an update to its Regional Housing Need Report, incorporating 2021 Census data. The report confirms that without government intervention, and especially given large population growth and ageing projections for many regional LGAs, communities are vulnerable to worsening cost-of-living pressures and further natural disasters. The report has attracted considerable attention from local areas like Newcastle, Wollongong and the Central Coast – alarmed at the report’s findings for those communities.

Extract from the report comparing results in highest need areas from 2021 and 2023

In addition to the top 11 LGAs of highest housing need, the report includes one-page profiles on other LGAs, including: Bega Valley, Bellingen, Cabonne, Dubbo, Eurobodalla, Kiama, Lismore, Mid-Coast, Orange, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shoalhaven, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and Wingecarribee. These are LGAs that we are keeping on our radar as having additional housing pressures due to worker accommodation requirements for big infrastructure and industry projects; seasonal holiday-makers; proximity to capital cities and worsening climate change impacts.

Shelter NSW has distributed the report to all sitting MPs (and many candidates) connected with all of the LGAs noted in the report.

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