Housing affordability in Noosa is developing as a major problem which State and local authorities must do more to address, says Independent candidate for Noosa Sandy Bolton.
“Noosa has a high road and a low road on housing affordability,” Ms Bolton said. “The high road is fine, where adequate and well-managed family incomes are able to afford an appropriate home.
“But our low and single income families are really doing it tough.
“A fair and inclusive community must ensure affordable housing is available at all income levels.
“It may surprise people that nearly one in five low income households in Noosa experience rental or mortgage stress, much higher than the Queensland average.
“And half the low income families who rent homes are under rental stress, again much more than in Queensland as a whole.
Ms Bolton said affordable housing must be available for people who are less well-off and who have the added disadvantage of often having to travel greater distances from home to work.
“Rent, fuel and other cost of living pressures, particularly power bills, can cripple household finances leading to impossible choices between food on the table or keeping the lights on and the water hot,” she said.
“I’ve been working with the social and community housing sector to address this issue.
“If elected, I will continue this collaboration and advocate policies and initiatives at the State level to support people on lower incomes.
“There are proposals before the Queensland Government for immediate investment in affordable living options, including community housing. I am strongly in favour of this.”
Ms Bolton said if elected she will work to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on community housing providers.
“This will stimulate growth, development and local jobs in the construction sector.
“We need a bipartisan approach on this and I couldn’t think of anyone better to orhanise this than a fired up independent MP with a social conscience,” she said.