Shelter NSW supporting the Hunter Community Alliance  

On November 8 over 1200 people from across the greater Hunter Region, including civic leaders and partner organisations came together in Newcastle in support of the  Hunter Community Alliance (HCA) Delegates Conference. Shelter NSW was happy to attend and support the event which included 208 HCA delegates, organisations, peak bodies and Local Government Councillors.

The following Housing, Homelessness and Social Inclusion goals were endorsed:
Establishment of a For-Purpose real estate in the Hunter – as a pathway for ethical landlords to provide housing to people facing vulnerability.
Support the delivery of affordable and social housing provision via the planning system – prioritising the following precincts: Hunter Park, Broadmeadow Precinct, Cessnock City Council and Broadmeadow. Additionally that the Government (re)commit to:

  • 30% or 780 (whichever is greater) social  and affordable homes as part of any residential development at Hunter Park,
  • 30% affordable housing as a minimum on government land, 15% on private land in the growth precinct,
  • ensure all social and affordable homes are available in perpetuity;
  • ensure the homes and leasing arrangements are managed by government and not-for profit organisations;
  • construct the social and affordable homes to a minimum silver accessibility standard, with provision for gold,
  •  continue to work with Cessnock City Council on specific sites to deliver affordable and social housing.

Establish Tenant-Led Redevelopment project at Hamilton South
These housing measures were endorsed by Newcastle City Council Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and
Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal.