Housing in the spotlight at Mining Dialogue workshop

September 02, 2014

A group of 28 Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue participants from government, the housing and property sector, housing NGOs and industry, have joined forces in Singleton to discuss the region’s housing needs.
Our Housing Research Study has been underway as part of the Dialogue since 2013, guided by the Housing Research Steering Group, to provide facts about housing needs in the region for community members, government and mining companies to encourage informed discussions.
A workshop held in August generated many ideas for actions that could be taken to better plan for housing in the future. Participants agreed that there are some localised issues that would be better addressed collaboratively by the State Government and region’s three councils for Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton.
Discussions included ways to improve community lifestyle, how to reduce rental costs and improve availability, providing adequate social and affordable housing for the community, and the importance of attracting developers and investors to the Hunter region.
The next step for the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue will be to combine all feedback from the day, to help local councils and government in their joint efforts in tackling the number of housing issues raised by participants. The Department of Premier and Cabinet has also offered to coordinate a response from state government.
A report will be compiled to document the feedback and recommendations of the workshop and will be published on the Mining Dialogue website and in the Mining Dialogue newsletter. The report will be used to determine the direction that the housing study initiative should take. 
You can view the reports from the housing study on the Mining Dialogue website and sign up for the Mining Dialogue monthly newsletter online.
For any questions regarding the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue or the Housing Study, please contact Claire Doherty - Director Planning, Land and Community cdoherty@nswmining.com.au.

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