Just Home Margaret River Inc. hosted an informative forum exploring social and community housing solutions for the Augusta-Margaret River region.
The 2022 Social and Community Housing Roundtable was held online and brought together key stakeholders for a robust discussion about potential local projects.
Just Home staff and volunteers were joined by Jane Kelsbie MLA, Member for Warren-Blackwood, representatives from the Augusta-Margaret River Shire including Shire President Paula Cristoffanini, representatives from the Department of Communities, DevelopmentWA, Shelter WA, Accordwest, Co-operation Housing, My Home and interested consultants and individuals.
The median weekly rent in Augusta-Margaret River has increased 30 per cent over the past five years and the residential rental vacancy rate sits at just 0.3 per cent (as of February 2022).
Just Home Chair Naomi Gooden said that their recent survey results showed the housing crisis is still very real and invited participants to be part of the collaborative solution.
Concepts for four local projects were profiled at the forum, including densification of an existing social housing precinct, a mixed social and affordable housing solution, a tiny home project using the My Home model and a larger sustainable community concept with a range of housing typologies.
A key outcome of the Roundtable was the formation of a locally focused Social and Affordable Housing Taskforce with the aim of collaborating across organisations to move housing initiatives forward.
The Taskforce plan to hold their first meeting in late April 2022.