HOUSING AND LAND SUPPLY
The Hon. EDDIE OBEID:
I direct my question to the Minister for Planning. Can the Minister give the House an update on reforms to address land and housing supply in the Sydney metropolitan area?
Order! The only member with the call is the Minister for Planning. Members of the Opposition will cease interjecting and members of the Government back bench will cease responding.
The Hon. TONY KELLY:
In June this year the Government announced a strategic investment of $183.9 million over two years in a comprehensive housing supply strategy. A key aspect of this strategy was the establishment of a land and housing supply taskforce comprising four independent members. The heads of the relevant government agencies will also play a key role in planning for and servicing growth areas. The taskforce is exploring both infill and greenfield development and how it can be delivered to the market faster than is presently occurring, and it will report directly to the Premier. Its tasks will include looking for solutions for sustainable funding for infrastructure in greenfield areas and reporting back on strategies to reduce the requirements of State Government agencies for new housing developments.
Mike Collins will be the chair of the taskforce. Mike has a property background and professional qualifications in property economics and valuation and he has been involved in property economics, real estate valuation, property consultancy and asset management for more than 40 years. Neil Bird has substantial experience in the development industry, including holding senior executive positions in companies such as Delfin Property Group and Pioneer Housing Group. Neil is deputy chairman of Landcom and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for services to urban development. Paul Tosi is the general manager of the Campbelltown City Council. He has had many years of experience in local government and the private sector and is familiar with the issues associated with growth in western Sydney. Marcus Spiller is a founding director of respected economic consultancy SGS and has been awarded a doctorate by the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. I am extremely pleased with the membership of the taskforce. It constitutes a good blend of practical and commercial property experience. Mike Collins has said that the creation of the taskforce is an opportunity to resolve some of the major issues of land and housing supply in New South Wales, particularly in the Sydney region.
The task force has already commenced work overseeing the rollout of various funding packages to assist councils in the release of housing and land. This funding includes assistance to councils to complete their local environmental plans and to fast-track development applications and assist with infrastructure provision. The new approach builds on the constructive dialogue between the New South Wales Government and local government over the recent contribution reforms. Our reforms have been welcomed by many in the community. President of the Local Government Association, Councillor Genia McCaffery, said:
We've had a series of meetings with the planning Minister Tony Kelly to negotiate a logical and workable solution to this policy, so we're pleased that he's actually listened to and acted on most of our concerns
President of the Shires Association, Councillor Bruce Miller, said:
The collaborative effort between local and State governments was crucial in getting to this point. We sat down with the Minister. We provided constructive feedback and together came up with workable solutions and I hope to see more of this in the future.
The taskforce will play an important role in pushing ahead the Government's reforms to the development contributions system. It will help to provide clarity and certainty for developers and councils alike so that we can get on with the job of building new homes.