Advocacy for affordable housing pays off

Janelle Saffin MP's strong, sustained advocacy has paid off with the NSW Government committing $7.5 million towards two townhouse developments on flood-free land owned by Lismore City Council.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed the recent announcement of 64 new affordable houses for Lismore- saying it’s fantastic to see advocacy pay off.

“This affordable housing project is something I have championed since early last year when I invited then Landcom Chief John Brogden to visit our region to explore potential housing projects.

“Last December I hosted Mr Brogden’s visit which included consultations with Lismore and Tweed Councils, roundtable discussions and visits to possible development sites.

“I thank the Councils for getting on board and working up their housing proposals with Landcom.

I thank Lismore Council for stumping up the land in East Lismore and Goonellabah to make this possible.

“The Lismore housing project was already on the books pre-flood, and then I drove it post flood. We needed to get this done.

“In May this year I made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million for townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah.

“I told the Premier and Treasurer this was a golden opportunity to build affordable and social housing out of the floodplain.

“Now everyone has come to the party.

“I particularly thank Landcom for responding when I reached out to them and coming up to see the possibilities for development in our region.

“I look forward to seeing 64 keys in the doors of new homes in Lismore and I hope to see similar progress for affordable housing proposals for Murwillumbah”.

FORGING PARTNERSHIPS: Lismore MP Janelle Saffin invited former Landcom CEO John Brogden to inspect one of the development sites in Cynthia Wilson Drive. Council planners briefed Mr Brogden and his executive team on available land out of flood.