Minister Talks

Shelter WA representatives have met with Dr Tony Buti MLA in his new role as Minister for Lands.

Dr Buti who represents the seat of Armadale was sworn in as Minister for Finance; Lands; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests on Friday, 19 March 2021.

The Finance and Lands Portfolios were held by Ben Wyatt until his retirement.

State Commission Framework

Shelter WA congratulated Minister Buti on the progression of a new State Commission Framework by the Department of Finance. The whole of government direction to commissioning community services will shape a more coordinated delivery of homelessness services and is strongly welcomed.

As the Minister currently responsible for the management of crown land in Western Australia Shelter WA led discussions across its Unlock Housing campaign and the need to free up lazy land, the value of inclusionary zoning and the gains available through utilising the expertise and capacity of community housing sector to deliver social and affordable housing.

[L-R] Dr Reece Plunkett; Shelter WA Head of Policy, Advocacy and Sector Development, Dr Tony Buti MLA; Minister for Lands, Natalie Sangalli; Shelter WA Board Member, Kieran Wong; Shelter WA Chairperson.

Lazy Land

Using government-owned land and buildings is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to deliver urgently needed social and affordable housing. ‘Lazy land’ refers to sites which already house low-rise facilities like government offices and libraries but is compatible with accommodating affordable housing.

Shelter WA used this opportunity to press the case for lazy land to be identified so it can be leased to the non-profit/community housing sector to drive rapid investment into construction.

Inclusionary Zoning

Mandatory inclusionary zoning is a lever that can increase supply of social and affordable housing for both ownership and rent. Inclusionary zoning works well when social housing and affordable housing is indistinguishable from other property in the development area.

CHP’s & Delivery Partners

Partnering with WA Community Housing Providers enables Government to leverage the cost efficiencies, relationships and tenancy management expertise of leading for-purpose organisations.