Byron opts out of home grants
BYRON Shire mayor Jan Barham hopes the State Government will increase their support for affordable housing after Byron Shire Council opted out of a home buyers grant scheme that entices residents from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.
The State Government's Regional Relocation Grant provides $7000 to home buyers who move from Sydney and surrounding areas to parts of regional NSW.
Regional councils were invited to participate in the scheme when it kicked off in July last year.
But Cr Barham said Byron Shire Council opted out of the scheme as they don't have any trouble attracting people to the area.
"It's more important trying to retain locals and deal with affordable housing," he said.
"We are struggling with our own set of problems. I am hoping we get the support from the State Government to support the affordable housing needs.
"We need government support to address these issues. It's too hard for local government to do on their own."