Housing Study

The sharp growth of the Upper Hunter’s coal sector, put pressure on some infrastructure, services and the availability of affordable housing.
 
Housing Research Study 
 
With the guidance of the Housing Research Steering Group, which represents industry, state and local government, community and business, a study was commissioned to better understand housing needs in the Upper Hunter.
 
The aim of the study has been to gain a better understanding of the drivers of housing affordability and availability in the Upper Hunter, and identify how government, community, industry and the housing sector can work together. The reports from the study are below:
 
Stage 1 information papers:
  • Stage 1 Scoping report - which draws upon existing research and consultation with key stakeholders to assess the state of issues, opportunities and capacities in the Upper Hunter region and leading practices in other jurisdictions. 
Stage 2 information papers:
  • Short term Accommodation - a baseline survey of the existing supply of hotels, motels and caravans.
  • Affordable Housing – potential for pooling resources to address the supply of affordable housing. 
  • Infrastructure - options to fund and finance infrastructure to support future housing development.
Final Workshop and Next Steps
 
The final component of the housing study was a workshop with local and state government, business and mining and the housing sector which was held in August 2014.
 
The workshop unanimously agreed that many of the most significant issues should be addressed by an Upper Hunter strategy and that the three local councils, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter, as well as the State Government are best placed to develop this strategy.
 
From this workshop a report has been prepared which represents a ‘first pass strategy’; a good starting point for local and state government to begin work on a detailed planning and programs that will address housing in future growth periods.
 
The Department of Premier and Cabinet will consider how the NSW Government can respond to the ideas and actions identified by the workshop.   Andrea Young Planning Consultants have also provided advice on how that strategy could be developed with leadership from local and state government, and input from the housing sector and industry.