Affordable housing: Affordable for whom?
Between the idea and the reality, between the policy and the developer falls... the failings of the previous Labour government? Developers of boarding houses love to cut and past from AHSEPP when submitting DAs, specifically that boarding houses are for, amongst others, key workers like our teachers, nurses, and police officers who cannot otherwise afford to live in the communities they service. A worthy sentiment--the 'idea'--we should all support. But what of the reality? Who lives in these developments really? Maximum tariffs only apply to developments seeking land tax exemption. In 2013 that was $368 for a double and $261 for a single, excessive perhaps for many. As revealed by The Australian last week, affordable housing has been used on a grand scale by a university to build accommodation for wealthy international students. So what of Manly? How would Council, the Certifying Authority, feel if, and let's use a current example, 120 Pittwater Rd was tenanted not by nurses, police officers, teachers and so on, but by international students and rooms rented for as much as $550-$600 per week? How would residents feel? How would those who supported this development feel? For the sake of transparency and community discussion I think it would be nice for Manly residents to know who is benefitting from affordable housing and what 'affordable' actually means in real monetary terms.
Calls for changes to ensure affordable housing is delivered to those in need: