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Sussan Ley in Mitchell to listen to housing affordability concerns.



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Alex Hawke MP

Fe deral Member for Mitchell

The Hon SUSSAN LEY MP Federal Member for Farrer Shadow Minister for Housing Shadow Minister for Women

31 July 2008

Sussan Ley in Mitchell to listen to housing affordability concerns

Shadow Minister for Housing, Sussan Ley and Federal Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke will tomorrow meet with local community groups, families, and the Hills Chamber of Commerce to hear their concerns about housing affordability in the North West region of Sydney

North West Sydney has recently been earmarked for an additional 140,000 dwellings by 2031, which is projected to increase the population of the region by a further 475,000 people over the next 30 years.

“I welcome the long awaited land release in the North West region, however I remind Mr Rudd that it is government taxes, fees, levies, charges and compliance costs that are adding enormously to the cost of new housing and now represent a quarter to a third of the cost of a new house and land package,” Ms Ley said.

“I am looking forward to meeting with local families and community groups to discuss with them policies that Alex Hawke and I believe will make a substantial difference to housing affordability in this country,” she said.

One of the community organisations attending tomorrow’s meeting is the Hills Community Aid (HCA), who provide assistance to local families struggling to deal with the housing affordability crisis.

“Over the last financial year HCA provided approximately $18,000 in crisis support to assist fifty one people to either meet their rent commitments or maintain mortgage and rates payments. We have certainly seen a steep incline in the help needed by individuals and families over the past three years,” Bill Dixon, Coordinator of HCA said.

Federal Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke, today urged caution at the recent land release announcement for northwest Sydney.

“In 2005, the State Labor Government promised to build 60,000 homes in the northwest yet the first homes projected to be built by 2007 have not yet commenced. Not only do I have grave concerns that these developments will actually go ahead but that the right balance to ensure sensible development will be achieved.

“I am very pleased to have Sussan Ley visit the electorate to hear the concerns of our local community. We need to have a change in policy to ensure that housing is affordable for the families in our community and Sussan will be talking about some of these,” Alex Hawke said.

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Alex Hawke: Dominic Perrottet 0410 817 481 Sussan Ley: Georgina Wilson 0428 213264