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Labor will remove major barrier to housing developments

Labor will address the difficulty of getting developments off the ground by removing barriers related to water, sewerage and power infrastructure.

At present we have a situation in Tasmania where a number of developers own land they want developed at a particular site, but under the current rules the first mover will be required to pay the entire cost of the new sewerage, water and electricity infrastructure required.

Today we met with Bob Gordon, the Chair of the Supported Affordable Accommodation Trust to discuss our plans.

The Trust provides supported housing for people with a disability.

Bob’s organisation had to pay the headworks for two houses in Bridgewater while a private developer who built in excess of 50 units next to this development legally didn’t have to pay anything.

At a time when we need to be building as many houses as possible, this is holding up the construction of hundreds of new homes across Tasmania.

A Labor government will work with TasWater and TasNetworks to make sure these developments go ahead without the first mover bearing responsibility for the entire cost of the sewerage, water and electricity infrastructure.

We will underwrite some of the cost where we need to.

We will make sure that these infrastructure costs are shared proportionally and fairly between the developers. Industry has told us they aren’t looking to escape these costs, people are happy to pay their fair share. But at the moment we have an unfair situation where one developer is lumped with the entire infrastructure cost which is inequitable and is a roadblock to developments getting out of the ground.

It is unacceptable that the government has allowed this to go on unresolved for so long.

Labor’s determination to remove this barrier to new housing comes on top of our plan to stimulate construction of 1,000 new rental properties, by halving land tax for medium density long term rental accommodation

October 09 2023

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