'We can’t fix this crisis on our own': Noosa mayor's plea for housing crisis solution
Noosa Council will prepare a report into the region's catastrophic housing crisis with Mayor Clare Stewart declaring the ongoing predicament the worst in Noosa's history.
“We can’t fix this crisis on our own," Cr Stewart says.
"It needs a lot more money from state and federal governments, but we are facing a housing emergency that is having an impact on the economy, on our businesses and affecting the liveability of our communities,” Cr Stewart says.
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the detailed report at a meeting last week.
The report will investigate whether to supplement the ongoing research into this issue ahead of mid-term planning scheme amendments by also engaging an independent consultant to conduct an extensive 360 review of Noosa’s housing situation, collate existing data and conduct further analysis.
Cr Stewart says councillors want to analyse options for community and emergency housing on community land to target the most affected demographics such as hospitality, health and other essential workers.
“We need to dive deep. This is simply too important an issue not to be well thought out, well researched and solution-focused,” Cr Stewart says.
“We need to find a cure, not treat a symptom."
The report will consider whether adopting a Temporary Local Planning Instrument may help facilitate secondary dwelling units in appropriate locations.
It will also investigate ministerial condition requirements for the Noosa Plan 2020 relating to short term accommodation.
Cr Stewart says all councillors remain committed to upholding the Noosa Plan 2020.
“It’s important to have the empirical research and conduct further consultation with key stakeholders before making any decisions,” she says.
Cr Stewart called for more state and federal government investment into social housing across Noosa.
“We need to advocate for more state and federal government investment into social housing and we need to look at what planning opportunities are available to enhance the level of housing availability in the shire,” Cr Stewart says.