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Monday, May 27, 2024

Housing plan adopted

MAREEBA Shire Council has adopted the Local Housing Action Plan at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

The Housing Plan is a State Government initiative in response to the significant housing challenges across Queensland and is an opportunity for the council to encourage a whole of community response tailored to help address the housing crisis in the Mareeba Shire.

“The Local Government Association of Queensland was funded by the Queensland Government and Council engaged Creddconsulting to assist with the preparation of the plan,” Mayor Angela Toppin said.

“Data was analysed to identify key focus areas and priority actions for the Plan, including a local survey of key stakeholders. The plan is available on Council’s website.

“Council Officers presented the research findings and recommended actions for tackling the local housing crisis at a Council workshop on 15 November 2023.

“Councillor feedback and input was used to finalise the Shire’s draft Local Housing Action Plan which was presented for review by State agencies. The State’s feedback was minimal, and the final plan was presented for consideration and adoption today.”

Mayor Toppin said the Mareeba Shire is currently experiencing the adverse effects of housing shortages and that the council firmly believe that through a dedicated and collaborative approach, they can make a substantial impact on the housing crisis in the region.

“I am delighted to report that Council has received Government funding for the construction of a new social housing duplex for seniors at nil to our ratepayers,” she said.

“As a council we will continue to advocate for social housing as we believe that we can achieve much greater results by collaborating with various State government departments than any one organisation working in isolation.”

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