Housing Affordability Task Force Member Profiles Eighteen of the best applicants were selected to be part of the Housing Affordability Task Force (HATF) from around 40 applicants in 2008. The members of the HATF possess a variety of experiences and professional backgrounds and all bring a wealth of knowledge and a range of view points to the issue of housing affordability. Some of the members expressed concern about similar issues including; rental and sales affordability compared to wages, scarcity and high cost, of land, legislation regarding release of land, the decreasing of low cost housing options, infrastructure not keeping up with population growth, no incentives for developers to provide low cost housing, lack of coordination between three levels of government, and sustainability in design and access to infrastructure. Claudia Baldwin Lecturer in Regional and Urban Planning, University of the Sunshine Coast Claudia holds a Masters in Planning (Canada) and a PhD (University of Queensland) on “Integrating Values and Interests in water planning using a consensus building approach.” She has liaised with SCRHC on student projects, housing demand and possible affordable housing locations in 2007 and has had ten years experience working for Queensland Government including the Office of Cabinet. For the HATF she would like to see planning, infrastructure and sustainability addressed. Mark Buczynski Owner, Future World Design Mark, an architect with 20 years experience in 14 countries, has developed a building system that allows a house to be self sufficient in power and water and have a six star plus rating, all for the cost of an average house. Mark’s areas of concerns include; informing the public and developers of best practice solutions to achieving self sufficient housing, educating the building community about this, helping council to mandate housing developments that achieve self sufficiency, identifying and codifying best practice for new housing developments and identifying holistic solutions that allow new developments to provide their own infrastructure. Andrew Clarke Architect Andrew Clarke has more than 40 years practical experience in international development works including a major airport and a number of large resort and hospital projects in ten countries. Relevant to the Sunshine Coast he has designed large affordable housing projects in the UK and NZ which were critically acclaimed, using non-standard planning practice architecture, planning and construction techniques. His individual homes in Australia have also won many industry awards. He believes that the times call for less flamboyant, more efficient dwellings, integrating all income levels within our communities and this can be achieved with appropriate planning and funding initiatives already proven elsewhere. With regard to the perceived NIMBY resistance to the inclusion of smaller dwellings this has been overcome by offering high design standards. Morrie Evans General Manager, Sunshine Coast Housing Company Ltd Morrie has over 11 years experience in large housing programmes in Australia and Canada including tenant focus and support. He also brings to the role ten years experience working with small to medium sized businesses on the Sunshine Coast. He has a strong community and client service culture to supplement his broad business and housing experience. He brings a perspective that promotes an approach to housing that places great value not only on providing adequate bricks and mortar but also on accessibility to transport, services, employment and all those other dimensions of a healthy society that are essential for a quality and sustainable lifestyle. Tamara Gauzzi IT Conexus Tamara has had over 20 years experience in the community sector and over five years' personal experience of homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing on the Sunshine Coast. She also has experience in providing advocacy and advice to tenants through the Tenants Advisory Scheme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sunshine Coast majoring in Social and Community Studies and specialising in Public Health. Tamara is concerned with increases in wages not keeping up with increased cost of living, availability of public and private rental to low income earners for less than 50% to 60% of their income, and public housing that may be filled with people who no longer need that level of support. Regarding the HATF she thinks the homelessness support structures need to be revised and redeveloped, an ABCD audit of current housing affordability and availability should be done, coordination and collaboration between stakeholders in housing, government and community sectors to address gaps and overlaps. John Gilespie Representative of the Planning Institute of Australia and Managing Director of CadCon Surveying and Town Planning. John is a Certified Practicing Planner and has over 15 years experience in the development industry. John believes the HATF should address shared equity schemes, the alignment of expectations of purchasers and renters with the cost of supply and it should endeavour to work out ways to provide lower cost housing without introducing disincentives to suppliers or lower living standards for purchasers and renters. Division 9 Cr Vivien Griffin Council positions, Portfolio: Integrated Transport Systems portfolio Committee chair: Strategy and Planning Committee. Vivien Griffin is a committee member: General Committee, Strategy and Planning Committee. Cr Griffin represents council on the Council of Mayors Growth Management Committee and the SEQ Rural Futures Working Group. Vivien has a Master of Science in Science and Technology Policy, and areas of policy interest in council include transport, environment, climate change, peak oil and renewable energy and food production. Division 1 Cr Anna Grosskreutz Council positions, Portfolio: Social Strategy portfolio, Committee member: General Committee, Strategy and Planning Committee. Cr. Grosskreutz brings a wide range of experience to the HATF having chaired most council portfolios in her 13 years in local government. She is also a member of the Transport Task Force, Rural Futures Task Force and Waste Management Taskforce. In her spare time she can be seen riding her Harley around the Sunshine Coast hinterland and Northern NSW. Michael Hopkins Development Manager, Investa Property Group Michael is Development Manager for Investa Property Group which is a large national developer with a focus on the development of residential communities on the Sunshine Coast. He is Investa’s representative with the Sunshine Coast Housing Company. Michael believes the biggest housing issues that need to be addressed are the lack of governmental investments in affordable housing projects, misalignment of government policy and planning regulation and increasing cost of development, including taxes. He would like the HATF to provide evidence based information to advance debate, develop a local peak body to lobby for governmental funding and to establish partnerships with government, private industry, and other stakeholders. Debbie Johnson Building Sunshine Coast Green Debbie has over twenty years experience in the building and development industry including establishing and directing Coolum Design and Building Services. She was also the president of the Sunshine Coast HIA and Marcoola Residents Association and is a licensed medium rise builder and building designer. Debbie believes that there is a perception that bigger is better regardless of actual needs, lack of residential options for shared or integrated housing, that there is a need for better design of outdoor living spaces for smaller homes, and more integration of workplaces into residential areas. She would like the HATF to address flexibility in planning regulations and work with the industry to develop best practice. Michelle Lecky Centre Coordinator Beerwah Community Centre Michelle has had nineteen years experience in the community sector coordinating support services, counselling, advocacy, crisis intervention and supporting young people and families. Michelle has concerns that low income families, young people and single parent families are less likely to be able to afford rental prices and are often discriminated against in the current market. Given the emerging trends in the economic climate Michelle sees this as an escalating issue and one that is creating a potentially large housing problem. Michelle would like the HATF to advocate on behalf of this client group for more sustainable and affordable housing. Steven Littlejohn Area Manager, Department of Housing Having had six years experience as Area Manager for Queensland Department of Housing, Steven has a strong knowledge of the local housing market particularly in relation to social housing. He has 25 years experience in the state and commonwealth public sectors. Steven would like the HATF to address land availability, lack of infrastructure, migration into the region and costs in all levels of government associated with the supply of housing. Jo Miller Ministerial Regional Forum Caloundra City Council employee from 2004-2008 Jo has concerns about inward migration of a “rich” population and gentrification, and the federal and state government impingements on local governments and our community. Jo believes the HATF should advocate on behalf of the community and housing stakeholders and lead the development of strategies and local research. Carl Nancarrow General Manager Development, Reed Property Group Carl holds the position of General Manager for Reed Property Group with experience across all aspects of property, investment, development and construction industries. He possesses working knowledge of current industry conditions and strong local land holding and development issues knowledge. Carl has also had extensive involvement and participation/representation with industry base. Carl believes that planning needs analysis should be done with state and local governments. He would like the HATF to undertake a needs assessment of the barriers specific to the coast and develop a strategic plan addressing town planning social and environmental considerations and develop a working relationship across all levels of government, industry, business and community. Jeff Southwell Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) Sunshine Coast Branch Committee UDIA represents all segments of the development industry and has direct involvement in the provision of housing. The UDIA liaises directly with all levels of government and has an intimate knowledge of government including drafting and promulgating legislation which directly impacts the provision of housing. UDIA sees increasing construction costs for higher density housing and policies that restrict land delivery as big housing issues. UDIA believes the HATF should undertake a practical assessment of the cost impacts of the whole housing delivery process (permits, compliance costs, etc) and identify ways to streamline this process to lessen impacts on housing affordability. Gary Stevens Manager, Aged Care Seeker Gary Stevens has a background in the provision of residential and community based care services with: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Council on the Ageing (NT), Doutta Galla CHS, Respite Care ACT, Blue Care and Aged Care Seeker. Gary believes that the HATF should consider options for combining community based affordable housing and care services and reviewing the approvals process to ensure: firstly, streamlined low cost access for affordable housing approvals and secondly, large scale developments include a percentage of purpose built affordable housing. Nikki Stevens Manager, Caloundra Youth With over 10 years experience in working in the homeless sector working on the Sunshine Coast and Cairns, Nikki has a wealth of experience in the housing sector. She is currently responsible for providing accommodation options for up to 26 young people in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Housing Co- op. She has also been the manager of Caloundra Youth for five years. Nikki is concerned about loss of traditional low cost options, low availability of land close to services, wider scale economic factors such as high interest rates, living expenses and high inflationary pressure. She would like THE HATF to address the facilitation and generation of data analysis to identify gaps and needs and to do more lobbying and advocacy for various disadvantaged groups. Nic Wellwood Regional Manager, Stockland Developments Pty Ltd Nic has had 22 years experience in the development industry with engineering expertise. He is regional manager with Stockland which includes responsibility for the delivery of a large number of master planned residential communities and infrastructure. Nic would like the HATF to address the issue of early release of affordable land and the provision of innovative affordable housing designs to be incorporated into land releases. Peter Williamson Vice President, Sunshine Coast St Vincent de Paul Society With over twenty years experience in the welfare sector Peter is a member of St Vincent de Paul including membership on the St Vincent de Paul Social Justice System. He also has experience in political advocacy and lobbying. Peter is concerned about the emergence of a new working poor where rents and mortgage repayments have escalated, he supports a capping of population until the infrastructure catches up, a change from building large houses to smaller more modest dwellings, and promotion of local housing councils and cooperatives.