– an unlikely alliance calls for change
This was our CEO John Engeler speaking alongside Good Growth Alliance colleagues yesterday – a launch and headline comment that has been widely reported by Australian Associated Press and read right across NSW, from towns as far away as Lismore and Cootamundra and across Australia and New Zealand.
The Good Growth Alliance is a partnership of housing, property and business peak organisations with a shared vision of creating more sustainable and liveable cities and regions. The alliance is calling for bipartisan support and investment for good, affordable housing to confront the housing crisis. The members of the Good Growth Alliance are Business NSW, the Community Housing Industry Association NSW, Homelessness NSW, the Property Council of Australia and Shelter NSW.
Yesterday, the alliance partners stood together to launch its plan for NSW, centred on increasing the stock of good quality, affordable homes for everyone and creating liveable communities close to jobs, transport, and infrastructure.
NSW will continue to grow – its population is projected to reach almost 10 million people by 2041, with much of this growth expected to occur in Sydney and the surrounding regions. At Shelter NSW we firmly believe that we all, as people who live here, as voters, need to think hard about the kind of city and state we want to live in. We are agnostic on the topic of population growth per se but we do want to hear constructive discussion about the benefits and challenges it will bring and the necessary steps to ensure that it creates a better life for everyone who lives here.
We are encouraged by the energy, collegiality and shared commitment to change within the Good Growth Alliance – we look forward to advancing our plan in 2023 and beyond.