ADDRESSING the Property Council of Australia's Multi-Unit Housing Conference in Perth last week, WA Housing Minister Peter Tinley has outlined the State Government's vision for a more compact and connected city with improved housing affordability and diversity.
Mr Tinley said the State Government aims to deliver affordable homes as part of its METRONET vision and is currently developing its Affordable Housing Action Plan for release in mid-2018.
According to the Minister, the housing action plan will focus on five key areas:
- Connection between people, place and home;
- Real and enduring affordability for those on low-to-moderate incomes;
- Earlier and more connected housing and support services;
- Creation of diverse precincts that will include options for low-income earners; and
- Diversity of options to meet diversity of need.
The Minister said the community would not accept greater density in future developments unless the principles of people, place and home were integrated without compromising the built and natural environment.
"The challenge facing us all, as Perth grows, is to create diverse and affordable housing choices in vibrant and liveable communities. METRONET will play an integral part in driving investment, economic growth and community regeneration across Perth," Mr Tinley said.
"With greater housing density and diversity and improved public transport systems, we can create a more compact and connected city with better places and spaces for people to work, play and call home.
"We have already made much progress, but we need to do more. Achieving infill in many areas will require a significant shift from 'business as-usual' approaches to housing delivery."