Affordable Living a Key for Caloundra South
  • Wednesday 06 April 2011

The recent announcement of Affordable Housing Targets for Caloundra South is an encouraging sign of a government authority willing to work in partnership with a local government taskforce.

Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Taskforce chair Councillor Anna Grosskreutz commented after attending meetings with the Urban Land Development Authority and taskforce members.

Councillor Grosskreutz, who represents the area known as Caloundra South said, "The ULDA is willing to work in partnership with the housing taskforce to refine targets and to ensure that a real diversity of housing options would be available throughout the proposed Caloundra South development."

This is a great opportunity for the community, Council and ULDA to work together to deliver outcomes which reflect a more sustainable approach to land use planning. The Council's Affordable Living Strategy, show-cased at state and national levels, is one way this can be achieved."

The principles of the strategy reflect a more integrated way for communities to be delivered - providing greater housing diversity and choice, public and active transport from day one, smarter urban design, including improved solar orientation of structures, employment close by, shopping, education, recreation and ecological protection.

Councillor Grosskreutz said that, "Planning authorities need to take bold steps to ensure the Sunshine Coast will be a place where all ages can afford to live, work and play. It is important for the economy to be able to provide a range of household types for key workers within the region.

The Sunshine Coast Council has worked hard over the past few years to put together planning and infrastructure documents which lay the foundations for a more sustainable future for the Coast. It would be great to see the ULDA using our affordable living strategy as an essential guide."