Friday, 1 June 2018

Labor Commits To Affordable Housing At Broadmeadow

BY IAN CROUCH

A future state Labor government will set aside 25 percent of land earmarked for medium density housing at Broadmeadow for affordable housing.

The Berejiklian government has reportedly earmarked a large parcel of land adjacent to the Locomotive Depot off Cameron Street at Broadmeadow for private development, which would allow for medium density housing.

While in it's draft stage, the 'Locomotive Depot Precinct' plan has not allocated any affordable housing for the site, which is also adjacent to the planned Broadmeadow Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

The Triangular Piece Of Land Earmarked For Medium Density Housing

Labor has seized on this apparent omission by the government, promising to set aside 25 percent of residential development on the site for affordable housing.

Affordable housing is specifically targeted at low to middle income earners, especially those employed in important sectors such as police and nurses  who work in the city, but can't afford to live close by.

Shadow Minister For Planning and Infrastructure, Michael Daley joined Newcastle MP, Tim Crackanthorp at Broadmeadow for today's announcement.

Michael Daley believes the government will simply sell off the locomotive land to private developers so they can profit from high-priced medium density housing.

"We'll masterplan this site - we'll take 25 percent of the dwellings that are built here, or set them aside for young couples, tradies, police officers, teachers - we'll make then available at hugely discounted rental - 25, 30, 40 percent discounted rental," he said.

Michael Daley and Tim Crackanthorp Discuss The Need For Affordable Housing At Broadmeadow Picture: Ian Crouch


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