WA must grasp chance to be a housing affordability leader: Shelter WA

The state’s massive overhaul of its clunky and complex planning system offers the chance for WA to become a leader in housing affordability, according to peak social and affordable housing body Shelter WA.

Shelter WA put in its two cents on the state’s planning reform even as nonprofits across Perth geared up activities for Homelessness Week, running Monday to Friday.

Shelter WA chief executive Michelle Mackenzie said the planning reform and Metronet were real opportunities to create affordable housing, which could mean subsidised, low cost, community or social housing — well designed homes in well serviced locations that reduced the amount of income low and medium income earners had to spend on housing.

“It’s critical the state gets this right,” she said.

“The planning system is vital for delivering affordable housing and the government must understand this principle.

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Source: WA Today