According to The Coffs Coast Advocate, Coffs Harbour recorded the second highest housing price rise, in the past 6 months in Australia.
By Rodger Pryce
Whilst our Council suggests Development Approvals are on the rise, there does need to be an urgent proactive approach to increasing the housing supply.
Increasing house prices is a real danger sign, in my professional opinion. The high demand, rapidly increasing prices, is creating an ever widening gap between those that have and those that haven’t.
The solution is not necessarily a State or a Federal Government problem.
There are large tracts of land zoned residential within the Coffs Harbour LGA, these areas need to be ‘activated’ especially where sewer and water is not available, to allow the developers to connect to, at not a small fee, I might add.
I have in my head, a battle going on. I have the suggestion from the Council executive that one of the advantages of placing the proposed Cultural and Civic Space on the Gordon Street site is so that the property can be ‘activated’.
It can be activated so that the Council executive and some of the indoor staff can enjoy the luxury of new offices, together with a new library, art gallery, a ‘cultural centre’.
Then also in my head, is the knowledge of how rapidly increasing house prices and rents, places an unbelievable pressure on those who struggle to get a roof over their heads, those young people who are saving hard to get into the market, only to find the dream gets further and further away from them.
There is a great divide and it is right here in Coffs Harbour.
My upbringing was full of struggle, I can relate, I do understand. My business for many years, managed more rentals than anyone else in Coffs Harbour, so I know where the life struggles are.
There is a vote tonight to spend upwards of $80 million, maybe even $100m on the provision of facilities, that are not of an urgent nature, that will benefit the privileged.
The strugglers will miss out.
Council’s GM earns way more than $1000 a day! He is recommending to the Councillors, that he and his executive spend $10’s of millions of dollars on a non essential building.
Where is the compassion, where is the understanding, where is the intelligence, where is the caring?
There is a massive crisis in Coffs Harbour that is going to get way, way worse than what it is and you guys are saying we want to spend in the way of debt, a massive amount when people can’t afford to house themselves?
Those who are recommending this project need to hang your heads in shame. You are an elitist pack of uncaring individuals, turning your backs on members of your community that need your help.
Spend some money, put some services in areas that need sewer and water so that land can be released, houses can be built, relieve the housing pressure.
Don’t hide behind this being a State/Federal issue, when you have acres of land that needs to be released.
Be kind, be understanding, embrace the total community. Don’t pander to those who earn a shitload of money and are securely employed.
What about the others, ? The strugglers?
House prices will continue to escalate, houses will be sold to those who have the most money, pushing out those that are less fortunate.
Our Mayor and others who are in their own homes are seriously out of touch. “
Come with us” says our Mayor, “get out of the ’80s and ’90s” she said.
Try telling that to tenants who are being forced out of their homes because of rising rents.
What a disgrace, what an embarrassment.
First published at the Coffs Coast Independent News Facebook page – Thursday 25 February 2021. Republished with permission.