To effectively combat the housing crisis, it’s imperative that we shift our focus towards bolstering the local communities that will bear the weight of increased density.
Australia is undeniably grappling with a severe housing crisis. The Committee for Sydney is calling it ‘chronically unaffordable’ in Sydney, and they estimate that it could be costing our economy more than $10 billion per year.
The Committee for Melbourne’s Benchmarking Melbourne 2023 report highlights that there is a ‘Tale of Two Cities’, emerging in Melbourne from the continued expansion of the suburbs and that an appropriate mix of housing types are needed to address housing supply and affordability challenges in Australia’s biggest city.
While both Federal and state governments are injecting billions into solving the issue, it’s important to recognise that the government can alter policy settings and provide essential infrastructure although ultimately, it’s the private sector that delivers 95% of housing.
The consensus is clear: more housing is essential to bolster supply and alleviate the escalating costs of housing and rents. Building residences in proximity to established urban areas and existing transportation hubs is the most financially efficient approach to introducing more homes into the market.
Although most members of the community acknowledge the need for additional housing, they are reluctant to see it developed where they live. Increasing density within established communities often encounters local resistance, giving rise to the NIMBY phenomenon (Not In My Back Yard).
It’s commendable that governments at all levels are allocating resources and streamlining processes to address the crisis. However, these noble intentions could be swiftly undermined should there be a significant backlash from community groups, potentially causing governments to backtrack on their commitments.
SEC Newgate recently conducted a national survey of 1,203 Australians to understand the factors influencing public support or opposition towards new housing developments in their vicinity. The findings were enlightening.
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