A home in Hepburn Shire

Project overview

Hepburn Shire Council knows that it is getting harder for people to find a home in the local area that they can afford and meets their needs. It is affecting people on lower incomes but also people in key jobs that we need to support our services and local business like hospitality, tourism, farm workers, nurses and other carers.

In April 2021, Council adopted an Affordable Housing Policy recognising that access to safe and affordable housing was an emerging and critical local issue. We are now developing a strategy and action plan to do what we can to make a difference.

Most factors that drive housing affordability are outside the direct control or responsibility of local government and/or the community. However, there are some actions that we can take to encourage and create the right conditions to make more affordable housing available in the Shire.

Stage 1 community engagement and a Background report were completed in December. A summary of the findings and feedback is available in the Summary of Findings document. More detail is in the Background Report and the Engagement Findings Report.

Next steps

An Affordable Housing Solutions Forum (Stage 2 engagement) will be held in early February to test the ideas that came through Stage 1.

A Draft Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan will then be developed and presented to Council. There will be community consultation on the draft (Stage 3) anticipated to be in March or April.