MEDIA RELEASE: Tackling Canberra’s Housing Affordability Crisis

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja is taking action on housing affordability as Canberra is in the midst of housing crisis and house prices continue to skyrocket by lobbying senior members of the Federal Government to make surplus Commonwealth land in the ACT available for family homes.

“Last year we saw 7,500 people register for just 115 blocks of land released in Taylor. There is simply not enough land being released to keep up with the demand,” Senator Seselja said.

“I strongly believe all Canberrans deserve the opportunity to fulfil the dream of owning their own home, but for many Canberra families the reality of ever achieving that dream is increasingly out of reach.”

“I’ve raised my concerns with the Minister for Housing, Michael Sukkar, and am working closely with him on options to boost land supply in the ACT.”

“The ACT Labor-Greens Government have a monopoly on land supply in the ACT and continue to make deliberate policy decisions to squeeze supply and profiteer off land sales – pushing the prices higher and higher in order to charge record land taxes and rates.”

“I have written to Minister Melissa Price, who has responsibility for CSIRO, to request their surplus land in Ginninderra be available as soon as possible for direct to market affordable housing.”

“The sale of around 250 hectares of land in Belconnen would mean thousands more family homes in Canberra’s north.”

“This comes on top of the work I undertook when I first entered the Senate to change planning laws to allow more land to be made available for homes in the Tuggeranong Valley. Unfortunately, Andrew Barr MLA is still refusing to release this land even with Commonwealth restrictions removed.”

“Labor and the Greens continue to stand in the way of family homes. They want to flood the market with units, and strangle housing supply.”

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Senator Zed Seselja 
Senator for the ACT