We are living in a society where two million property investors have control of both the housing market and the politics surrounding it. This has caused a desperate situation where many kids can’t afford to leave home until well into adulthood; where solo mothers and their children are living in cars; and where retirees are finding long-term refuge in caravan parks.
Meanwhile, as the impacts of climate change and environmental breakdown ravage more and more communities across the country, Australians are growing increasingly aware of the importance of building and sustaining strong and resilient communities that prioritise fairness, equity, and responsible land stewardship.
We urgently need a citizen-led response to the hollowing out of a core human right – a place to call home.
Community Land Trusts offer a much-needed alternative to the broken buy/rent duopoly through the delivery of an affordable, equitable and sustainable model that prioritises people and the planet.
Our advocacy will focus on the following key areas:
- We will work towards improved certainty within the CLT space by building relationships with government, campaigning for improved legislation, making state and federal budget submissions and publishing reports highlighting the CLT model as a viable solution to land and housing affordability.
- We will enlist planning experts to help navigate the challenges of a planning act that prioritises corporate ownership over community ownership, rebalancing those advantages.
- We will help value-aligned landholders and local communities through the startup phase to ensure they are working with a robust, ethical and efficient best practice model.
- We will raise awareness of the CLT model across the Australian community as the only non-inflationary shared equity model available. This will assist those who are currently locked out of the housing market to understand that there is an affordable and ethical alternative to their dream of home ownership.