Collective effort to improve housing market in regional centres

Homelessness and rental stress in WA’s regions are at record levels and housing availability challenges exist to varying degrees across all of WA’s regions.

Housing Challenges

Shelter WA met with the Regional Capitals Alliance WA (RCAWA) Executive Officer to discuss mutual priorities for addressing housing challenges in major regional centres.

RCAWA represents 10-member local governments (Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Greater-Geraldton, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Northam, Port Hedland, Karratha and Broome), all established regional centres, which account for approximately half the population of regional WA.

Housing Solutions

Their newly released Housing Solutions and Action Plan outlines RACWA’s objective to increase awareness of housing issues in regional WA and deliver long-term improvement in the efficiency of regional housing markets.

“RCA members are encouraged by the Minster for Housing’s response to this work. We are committed to working with State and Federal Governments, the private sector and non-government organisations to implement a range of actions and initiatives to create more balanced and efficient housing markets,” said Paul Rosair, Executive Officer for RCAWA.

“Create more balanced and efficient housing markets.”

The report recommends 16 actions relevant to local government, including planning incentives for affordable housing, to encourage and support Community Housing Providers and Indigenous Organisations to invest in additional housing in regional WA, and the collation and publication of regional housing data.

The report is intended to guide actions for RCA members, collective effort and advocacy and is available on the RCAWA website.

Entrenched Issues

“Many regional housing challenges are a result of entrenched issues beyond economic cycles and require a long-term, collective response. We congratulate the RCAWA for this work and Shelter WA looks forward to supporting the Regional Capitals Alliance, our members and local stakeholders in implementing this work,” said Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA.

“Shelter WA were pleased to receive support from Lotterywest to develop a regional engagement framework and Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg, our Regional Engagement Manager will be working to more strongly connect our work with the regions,” Michelle said.

[L to R]: Greg Cash (Elysium Consulting), Michelle Mackenzie, Paul Rosair (RCAWA), Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg