Parramatta forum gets results

03 Link to Crabtree Ppnt Pmta ForumIn early November, 150 people crowded into Parramatta Mission’s hall to meet and hear politicians from all three levels of government talk about their policies and actions on affordable housing.

Also present was Dr Louise Crabtree, senior research fellow, Western Sydney University who delivered a very detailed analysis of the issues and possible solutions. See her presentation here

Less than three weeks later, Parramatta City Council – after years of dithering – approved an affordable rental housing policy which includes applying for SEPP 70 for greater powers to demand inclusion.

While Churches Housing is not saying that the forum directly led to this sudden change of heart, the Council’s vote shows that citizen action and persistence do have good results.Parra Forum