Northern Sydney residents open up housing affordability crisis


Tonight’s inaugural Northern Sydney Assembly will discuss the need for all tiers of government to work together to tackle the city’s housing affordability crisis.

The Assembly, which is being hosted by the Sydney Alliance, will hear first-hand accounts of how housing costs are affecting people in Northern Sydney.

Assembly co-chair Rev Dr Rob McFarlane said Northern Sydney, especially the north shore, sees an exodus of young people moving out of the area when they leave home. 

“Families are spread wide, with many ageing people on the north shore isolated from their loved ones,“ Rev Dr MacFarlane said.

“This matters both emotionally and practically – as older people are removed from the family support of grown-up children who have moved away.”

Rev Dr McFarlane said the cost of housing also had an impact on essential workers such as bus drivers, nurses and police officers.

“These workers are often forced to live a long way from their workplaces on the north shore, and some jobs just can’t be filled due to the demands of commuting on workers," Rev Dr McFarlane said.

“This in turn impacts on the breadth of services available in Northern Sydney.”

Assembly co-chair Rabbi Zalman Kastel said the Sydney Alliance had asked the State Government to introduce:

  • clear and achievable targets for the increasing the supply of social and affordable housing in NSW; and
  • a perpetually affordable shared equity housing scheme to help first-home buyers get a foot on the home ownership ladder.

 “Sydney’s home affordability crisis is very important to people from many different communities and is one factor that is bringing people from diverse backgrounds together at the Northern Assembly” Rabbi Kastel said.


The Northern Sydney Assembly will be held TONIGHT.

WHAT:            Northern Sydney Assembly

WHERE:          Mercy Catholic College, Harrington Hall - enter via Kirk Street, Chatswood

WHO:              Local religious groups, community organisations and trade unions

WHEN:            6.30pm sharp TONIGHT (Thursday 30 October 2014)

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