The appointment of Alan Tudge, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure and Michael Sukkar, Minister for Housing, in the Morrison Ministry are important roles for the growth of Australia’s cities, says the Urban Taskforce.
“Both Minister Tudge and Minister Sukkar have demonstrated excellent leadership in the areas of cities and housing over previous years so we welcome their continuing in these important roles.” says Urban Taskforce CEO, Chris Johnson. “Clearly housing supply is at a critical stage in Australia due to falling prices and slowing housing approvals yet our population growth is significant. The election of the Morrison government has already returned some confidence to the housing industry and it is important that this continues.”
“The actions by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) to reduce the constraints on housing loans has been positive, as has suggestions by the Reserve Bank of Australia that interest rates could be reduced. These signals have led to some green shoots appearing in the housing industry.”
“One of the major changes happening in relation to housing in Australian cities is a big swing to apartment living, which is more affordable than house living. Apartments are also often well located in relation to public transport and to access to jobs and shared amenities. But some in the community have expressed concern at this change to the character of our cities. To support the swing to apartment living, the Urban Taskforce has instigated a campaign titled Welcome Home ( www.welcomehome.org.au ) which champions those people living the more urban apartment living style.”
“The Urban Taskforce is keen to work closely with the Morrison Government on broad planning issues and particularly on policies related to the supply of new housing.”
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