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Have your say about housing needs in the Blue Mountains

- 21 Feb 2019

To inform future strategies, decisions and funding, the Blue Mountains City Council wants to hear about your experiences of housing in the Blue Mountains. 

Information below is provided by the Council.  To register for a focus group or take part in the survey, go to the Blue Mountains Have Your Say Page.

Blue Mountains Housing Study 2019

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What is the BM Housing Study:

Council is conducting questionnaires, Focus Groups, Interviews and Case Studies on the subject of Housing in the Blue Mountains. Council is interested in understanding the Housing experiences and aspirations of residents living in the Blue Mountains and what sort of community they would like to see in the future.

Why?

Housing is a major theme in a number of Council’s plans and strategies. Council would like to better understand the experiences of our residents so that we can make informed decisions and advocate with other levels of government on housing.

The Findings from the BM Housing Study will be for 2 immediate purposes:

  1. Gather information for the Local Housing Strategy. This will be the guiding document for how the future housing needs of the Blue Mountains community will be met
  2. Overall  Community Development purposes

How?

  • Focus Groups:

Focus Groups will be occurring from the 27th February – end of March throughout the Blue Mountains.

If you are part of an existing group that would like to speak to us about Housing in the BM, please get in contact with our team and we can organise to conduct a focus group at your committee, workplace, volunteer organisation, or other group.

  • Questionnaire:

You can also tell us about some of your experiences about housing in the BM on our online questionnaire. The questionnaire is available on the Blue Mountains Have Your Say Page. Paper copies, and assisted surveying is also available. Questionnaires are anonymous. Your name isn’t recorded.

  • Interviews

We will be collecting case study information. If you, or someone you know has a story they would like to share with us, please fill out our survey on the Blue Mountains Have Your Say Page and indicate that you would like to share your story with us in the form of a case study.

When:

Our public focus groups are scheduled for:

  • 27 February | The Hub, Springwood | 10:30am-1pm
  • 28 February | Cultural Centre, Katoomba | 10:30am-1pm AND 2:30pm-5pm
  • 7 March | Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson | 10:30am-1pm AND 6pm-8pm
  • 10 March | Blaxland Community Centre, Blaxland | 10:30am - 1pm
  • 24 March | Katoomba Leura Community Centre, Katoomba | 2:30pm-5pm

To register please visit the Blue Mountains Have Your Say page or call Council’s Social Researcher – Rhiannon 02 4780 5726.

If your agency would like to be involved please get in contact.

Questionnaire will be available online February-April 2019.

What we will do with the information collected

The information will inform our Local Housing Strategy and our Community Development. The findings will be presented to Council and will be used for future strategy and planning. The findings will be available on our website mid-late 2019

We can work with you

If you have a group that you work with, support, volunteer for, or have another association with, who would like to have a say on this issue, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our social researcher, Rhiannon Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 02 4780 5726

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