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Nationals to put spotlight on housing

19 May 2021

Housing affordability in communities outside of Melbourne will be a key topic of debate this weekend when local members of The Nationals attend the party’s state conference.

The Nationals are set to debate the need for more affordable housing in communities including Euroa.

Member for Euroa and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan said members from around the state had placed a high priority on discussing the pressures facing the housing market at this year’s conference.

“From Euroa to Morwell, our members have raised concerns that it is becoming much harder to get into the housing market, leaving more people in our communities homeless,” Ms Ryan said.

“Locally homes are being purchased almost as soon as they hit the market and there is a severe shortage of rental properties.

“It’s wonderful that people are finally recognising the great advantages of living in our local communities, but intense interest in property is fuelling a housing crisis.

“Young people in particular are struggling to get a foothold in the market and affordable rental properties are almost non-existent.

“The huge taxes the state Labor Government now plans to place on new housing developments is going to exacerbate the short supply we already face.”

Ms Ryan said as of March, 400 people in Benalla and Wangaratta were on the priority waiting list for public housing. A further 258 were registered as being a priority in Seymour while in Shepparton 779 were waiting.

Across the three sites, a further 1334 people have registered interest for public housing.

“I am very pleased that our members have identified the housing crisis facing our region as an issue of great importance,” Ms Ryan said.

“Not only do we need more public housing to look after those in our communities who have fallen on hard times, but we also need to ensure we remove the barriers to developing more housing stock.”

In total some 50 motions will be debated including calls for more resources for mental health, a push to maintain fully autonomous hospital boards in regional Victoria and policies to support farmers to achieve zero net emissions.

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