Forbes Shire Council is currently undertaking a Housing Strategy for the area and will start by engaging with the community to ascertain the requirements for Forbes residents.
The Strategy will ensure that the Shire is equitable and strategic when planning for future housing in the shire and they are calling for input from people across the community. Consultation for the strategy will begin on 1 March 2021.
Mayor Phyllis Miller is keen to hear the community’s thoughts on what the Council should plan for and is asking everyone to contribute to the Forbes Housing Strategy survey.
“Council is very committed to putting housing first, because we believe that it is a home that binds everyone together, as one of the fundamentals of living,” said Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM.
“A safe community and a good home is key to so many parts of life – work, school, friendships, good health, security and happiness.
“The housing issues we are dealing with at present include increased demand for housing and Council wants to ensure there is a mix of options for both buyers and renters,” said Mayor Miller.
“There is a need for more rental housing in Forbes which will also be addressed in the plan.”
Council will provide a variety of opportunities for the community to provide comments and suggestions for the Strategy. “Staff will be hosting pop up sessions to get your comments as well as doing in person consultations with parents at schools, day-cares and preschools and with the over 60’s both online and in person,” said Mayor Miller.