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Public meeting to discuss the housing crisis

Published: Tue 19 Jul 2016 09:09 AM
19 July 2016
Mt Roskill now a million dollar suburb: Public meeting to discuss the housing crisis
“It is astonishing to many of us that Mt Roskill is now a ‘million dollar suburb’ yet that is what official statistics now show, with a 13.5% increase in local house prices over the past year from $916,000 to $1,040,000”, says Labour candidate for Mt Roskill Michael Wood.*
“As I campaign around Mt Roskill, the housing crisis is the single biggest issue that people want to discuss. Local people tell me that they are worried about falling home ownership rates, massive rental hikes, the cold, damp state of many state houses, and increasing homelessness in our community”
“Roskill has always been a community where ordinary people have been able to get a start. I shifted here with my wife to start our family in the early 2000s when housing was still affordable. It’s simply wrong that young people don’t have the same opportunity today”
“It’s worse that our government ignores the problem and tells people to be patient”
“Labour recognises the scale of the crisis and has a plan to build more houses, crack down on speculation, improve rental standards, and support emergency housing. I will be holding my first public meeting of the Mt Roskill campaign on housing in recognition of the seriousness of the issue. All are welcome to come along to hear Labour’s plan and join the discussion:
Tuesday 26 July at 7pm
Fickling Convention Centre
546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings
“It’s time for action on housing and during the Mt Roskill campaign I look forward to holding the government to account for its weak response, and talking with people about Labour’s plan to ensure this most basic human need is met”, says Michael Wood.
* Average house prices sourced from Quotable Value and available on Labour's Housing Crisis map here.
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