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Your views: on low-income city housing, and parental leave

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Today, readers comment on the failure of a development policy aimed at providing low-cost city housing, and a Labor move to include parental leave as long service leave.

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Commenting on the story: Low-income earners locked out of new city housing despite zoning rules

I find it interesting that they reference this scheme as affordable housing.

Repeatedly over the years I have looked into accommodation under this scheme, and there are a couple of areas that stand out every time.

The first is that the newly built housing was rarely suitable for families. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments etc., with floor plans that don’t allow for creative use of furniture to create another bedroom/sleeping area.

The second is that I’ve never found one that I could afford, and I think that is the most telling of all. – Shannon Taheny

The revelation that residential development in Adelaide is seriously failing to meet the requirements of the State Government’s affordable housing policy is a travesty.

At a time of growing crisis around the nation in the supply of affordable housing, we learn that even those lower cost houses that are built here are being mostly sold off to investors for – guess what – profit and tax minimization.

When I was a child in the 1960s, South Australia proudly led the nation in the provision of public housing.

It may have been rental, but it was affordable and secure and it made life-long affordable housing possible for many thousands of ordinary families in this State and supported a brighter future for the next generation. My family was one of them.

Now, Housing Trust homes are hugely reduced in supply and often reserved for those in extreme need.

What about the growing numbers in housing stress?

This fundamental community need must be addressed as a matter of priority. – Loine Sweeney

I am a local, female residential property developer in Adelaide. My business Onassis Developments focusses on creating quality, affordable housing in South Australia.

 I have developed properties in the Marion council and more recently the Campbelltown council for the past 7 years.

 Both of these councils have recently significantly reduced the density of their development plans.

This change has effectively wiped $1-200k off property prices in the area as developments are no longer viable due to the density changes.

But, more significantly, we can no longer create affordable housing under $500k any longer in these areas.

 The new density will mean houses will be sold in high $500-700k price range which is way out of reach for first home buyers.

 Most of the purchasers of my developments have been first home buyers.

My prices range from $399-499k for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 carpark, low maintenance townhouse.

To live within 10km of the Adelaide CBD in a new, low maintenance home is very attractive for first home buyers.

I am very passionate about creating affordable housing but it is getting increasingly difficult to do so with the development plan changes, rising building costs and the risks developers have to manage to create these homes.

Also, throw in land tax developers will have to wear if the land tax amendments get up, makes it very hard to create affordable housing so needed in the market. – Amanda McEwin

Commenting on the story: Count unpaid parental leave towards long service: Labor

This would be unfair and should be opposed.

Small business already have enough financial burden with respect to staff wages and other overheads.

If we take a full time staff member, by the time they are paid for all public holidays, 4 weeks annual leave, sick leave and parental leave, they actually work 9 months out of 12 months. – Jenny Howkins

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