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Affordable Housing Strategy

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All levels of government have a role to play in creating the policy settings and policy framework that support people wherever they are on the housing continuum.  Addressing the particular housing needs of the Bega Valley community is a key focus for Council.  

Council’s adopted housing vision for the Shire is:
Our residential areas provide housing choices for our local community now and into the future.

In the Bega Valley Shire approximately 70% of the population lives in towns or villages. Housing stock is relatively uniform, with 80% single dwelling houses. A significant proportion (17.5%) of the Shire’s housing stock is unoccupied, rents are rising and 35.4% of households are in rental stress.  

Council has recently adopted a Local Strategic Planning Statement, Residential Land Strategy, Rural Residential Strategy and Commercial Land Strategy, which all seek to promote housing diversity and affordability. Council has also recently adopted a Climate Resilience Strategy, which recognises the need for housing stock to be built to withstand the range of natural hazards to which the Bega Valley Shire is exposed.

The Draft Affordable Housing Strategy provides a framework to respond to housing need in the Bega Valley Shire to 2040. The draft Strategy aims to:

  • Clearly articulate the role of various actors in delivering affordable housing in Bega Valley Shire and opportunities for collaboration among those actors
  • Identify short, medium and long-term strategies, for Council and other key actors, to support housing development that is suitable for our growing population, ageing community and changes in household structure
  • Identify key performance indicators to monitor housing affordability and implementation of the strategy
  • Aligns with Federal and NSW policy, including consideration of proposed changes to housing policy currently underway in NSW.

The draft Strategy was developed following consultation with a range of stakeholders. We are now seeking feedback from the broader community on the contents.

Who's listening

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Have Your Say

We are seeking your feedback on this Draft Affordable Housing Strategy.

Please have your say by:

  • Emailing: with Draft Affordable Housing Strategy Feedback in the subject
  • Posting a letter to: Acting Chief Executive Officer, Bega Valley Shire Council, PO Box 492, Bega NSW 2550
  • Commenting online: use the comments box at the bottom of this page to Have your Say about the draft strategy
Please submit your feedback by Sunday, 6 February 2022

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    Comments (2)

  • There needs to be further regulation of Airbnb in this shire and in Australia as
    a whole. This platform has contributed to a scarcity of rental properties in
    many areas, in my opinion. Airbnb should be limited to part house such as rooms
    not whole houses.

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  • I have grave concerns about this housing proposal. While I commend some of the
    conceptual solutions. Based on my experience of BVSC I fear this proposal
    Increses rates revenue but dose little to protect affordable housing numbers in
    the future as homes are privately purchased. And will infact create slums or be
    converted into more holiday accommodation once in private ownership. Im
    concerned that ensuite bathrooms will not be disability suitable ie wheelchair
    access. There's no mention of things like sound proofing or mini personal out
    door spaces for mental and social well-being. .5 parking spaces is not
    appropriate in our rural setting. Ie access to work across bega valley requires
    personal transport as public transport is not adequate or in higher
    population centers such as cities. Access to employment and services is vital.
    How is funding acquired for this project protected from being used elsewhere
    like has been done with road funding. Diverting road funding has prevented many
    low-income venerable people from growing small local business from there land
    into a viable means out of poverty. Infact it has locked them in. I know it has
    in n my case. If your going to change zoning laws surly allowing victims of
    existing laws to rebuild and live on there land would be better than going down
    high density housing for socially underprivileged people. It's well known
    collecting and isolating such cohorts together doesn't have desirable outcomes.
    With the elderly there's no mention of state of the art design and technology to
    cater for diverse disabilities and connecting them to community. Why should
    there choice be one or two small bedrooms in designated towncenters that raise
    the most holiday revenue but bring the hustle and bustle of crowds some elderly
    will find difficult to deal with to get the long term support they need.
    Removing them from the family and surroundings that brought them to this butiful
    region in the first place As for Indigenous. It's my understanding suppling
    standard housing doesn't fit indigenous cultural lifestyles. Such as the
    comunual rooms being in the center of the home. Or housing that's would cater
    for more traditional nomadic practices. It sounds more like putting traditional
    non indigenous houses on there land. They Already have the right to live in that
    style of housing else where. All that's needed is to ensure equity to it, not so
    simple I know. But to me anything else is about slowly converting there land to
    our lifestyle and diluting there rites to it. This needs carful and innovative
    collaboration. Personally my preference would be any person choosing to live a
    more indigenous lifestyle would be welcome to do so of any race. But that's just
    my view. I'm not implying they have to live in traditional/piritist organic
    humpies. There Is an amazing amount of modern building materials and
    technologies now that could be used to blend traditional indigenous cultural
    lifestyle with modern non indigenous assets if they so choose to use them. Such
    as education and health etc.

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