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Affodable housing on the the way for Byron

AFTER 10 years of lobbying, Councillor Jan Mangleson says council's adoption of the Affordable Housing Strategy is long overdue.

In a meeting last Thursday Byron Shire Council voted unanimously to place the Affordable Housing Strategy on public exhibition.

“We are losing very valuable members of our community, they are forced to leave because they cannot afford to live here,” Cr Mangleson told the meeting.

“What we realised when I first came on council and looked at developing some land was that there were so many legislative and regulatory barriers and we had to put a framework in place.”

The document will provide guidelines to make it easier for the council to either supply affordable housing or to provide incentives for private enterprise to do so.

At the same meeting the council voted to approve a 24-room boarding house on Bangalow Road, Byron Bay.

Cr Mangleson said the project would be the first of its kind in the shire and a good start in addressing the need for low-cost housing.

“Boarding houses were traditionally a very effective way of housing people,” she said.

“We are far removed from the days when people would rent out a derelict building. But I would really like to see more project like this one, with a stay of at least three months.”

The two-storey boarding houses would be built on land just past Cooper Street and were granted a 12-month deferred commencement.



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