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Shelter Sector Update (21/6/2016)

Sustainable Housing Strategies for the Future of the Southern Highlands

How cost-effective are Solar and Geo Thermal Power? How do we finance social housing? How do we maintain Heritage towns and villages?  

These days we know how to develop buildings that generate more energy than they use. There are numerous options for building water conservation into new buildings. With solar energy backed by the latest battery technology entire estates can be “off-grid”. So do we continue what we have always done, knowing that there are smarter options available? And if we choose to change what we have been doing, could we develop an innovative construction industry capable of employing hundreds of skilled tradespeople?

Many of our existing buildings were designed for a different time. Our stock of houses is arguably a mismatch for the people who want to live here. What options do we have within the current boundaries of our towns and villages besides backfill or multi-storey apartments?

Our Heritage buildings provide the region with a distinctive look and feel. Should we simply repair them or should we refurbish these buildings and make them more energy efficient and liveable for the coming century?

Shelter for the elderly is a growing need. In 16 years 1/3 of our residents will be over 65 year old – up from just over 20% now. Shelter designed for easy access will be imperative. 50% of single person households are occupied by people over 65 and demand will continue to increase. So where to from here for social housing – and how do we finance it?

Shelter Sector Summary: Oct 2015

Shelter Sector Summary: July 2015

Where we want to be by 2031

Future Buildings

  • Regulate and encourage the Community to maximise sustainable living though best building practice (2031-Environ-4.2.5)
  • Create community hubs to engage residents and organisations in the provision of appropriate decentralised or mobile essential services (2031-People-2.3.1)
  • Maintain strong public institutions and facilities in the district to match the evolving needs of the community (2031-People-2.3.2)
  • Urban design in Wingecarribee creates inspiring places where people want to be (2031-Places-3.3)
  • Strengthen the connectivity, liveability and vibrancy of towns and villages (2031-Places-3.3.1)
  • Ensure future development respects the character of the area in which it is located, and reinforce that character with appropriately sited and designed new development (2031-Places-3.3.2)
  • Encourage development that emphasises towns and villages as distinctive destinations (2031-Places-3.3.3)
  • Encourage responsible compact development and usable community space within the current urban growth boundary of each town and village (2031-Places-3.3.4)
  • Wingecarribee housing options are diverse (2031-Places-3.4)
  • Provide for housing types that match projected demographic and household needs in appropriate locations (2031-Places-3.4.1)
  • Provide for higher density development within the towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Bundanoon (2031-Places-3.4.3)

Existing Buildings

  • Council actively facilitates and supports the coordinated use of existing public and private facilities to ensure equitable access (2031-People-2.1.3)
  • Wingecarribee has maintained a distinct character of separate towns and villages (2031-Places-3.2)
  • Retain the rural landscape between towns and villages (2031-Places-3.2.1)
  • Retain and make more distinctive the special qualities that make each town or village unique (2031-Places-3.2.2)
  • Ensure growth of towns and villages does not compromise separation distance between those towns and villages (2031-Places-3.2.3)

Heritage Buildings

  • Wingecarribee is recognised as a place of significant heritage conservation (2031-Places-3.5)
  • Identify and promote buildings, places, trees, gardens, landscapes and other areas of significant cultural heritage value (2031-Places-3.5.1)
  • Ensure that the unique heritage qualities of towns, villages and special areas are protected (2031-Places-3.5.2)
  • Recognise where the Shire’s cultural heritage contributes to its character and manage change appropriately to reinforce local distinctiveness (2031-Places-3.5.3)

Shelter for the Elderly

  • Provide housing options in all towns and villages that will enable residents to live in their communities (2031-Places-3.4.2)
  • Promote ‘universal design’ in housing to enable people of all ages and abilities to live independently (2031-Places-3.4.4v)