National Shelter media release — 12 October 2011
Housing peak National Shelter welcomes the affordable housing grants now available under the federal government’s Building Better Regional Cities program.
Local councils in 47 regional centres across Australia can now apply for federal funding (a total of $100 million) to support more affordable housing in their communities.
National Shelter Chairperson, Adrian Pisarski, said the program is definitely moving in the right direction to relieving the housing pressures in regional areas.
‘Australia’s regional areas are struggling just as much, if not more, with the housing affordability crisis.’
‘A lot has changed in the course of Australia’s mining boom, and the societal impact on our regional centres is large and long-term.’
‘We have seen house prices increase triple-fold and nurses and teachers relocate from the regions to the cities because they can’t afford accommodation.’
‘It is a relief to know the federal government is encouraging regional councils to take initiative against this housing crisis and inject some funding into those areas.’
National Shelter believes a sustainable solution to Australia’s housing affordability crisis is the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
Applications will close at 4.00 pm (AEDT) on Friday, 18 November 2011.
Adrian Pisarski, Chairperson: tel: (07) 3831 5900, 0417 975 270; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Carson, Communications Officer: 0418 718 584: email: email@example.com