Land Supply & Housing Affordability – more details

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The real issue forcing land prices up are the huge economic rents available to land speculators. With Jeff Kennett’s move away from Site Value rating to Capital Improved Value (CIV) rating, land speculators can purchase land, sit on it and wait for the property to grow in value. The constant attack on State Land Taxes ensures a continuing trend for them to be weakened, sending the signal to the marketplace that hoarding land is appropriate.

On a local level, the combination of these 2 factors has seen a growth of vacant land in inner urban areas in Melbourne. We believe the reduced supply of land from this speculative trend has applied greater pressure on land prices than Melbourne’s 2030 boundary. The huge upward trend in land prices happened well before the 2002 announcement of 2030.

Challenge Camp Photos

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A picture tells a thousand words!

Charlie interviews Margaret McDonald (ANGAIR)

A treehouse discovery on bushwalk

Students asking the tough questions

The Earth Share game – who wins?

The team prepares questions at the coal face

The Sunday sees Alcoa under the microscope from

Earthsharing Workshop

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Education by young people for young people

Workshop Info Pack (PDF 46KB)

What Is The Earthsharing Challenge?

* An opportunity for an interactive workshop on land and natural resource use in your school
* Ultimately – a challenge to students to be selected to attend a free environmental camp, with a hands on role in the production of a video on sustainability

Outline Of The Challenge

Starting with Earthsharing Workshops in Your School

Two members of the Earthsharing team will come out to your school and take your students (Years 8 – 11) through a 45 minute interactive environmental learning experience. The workshop is based around Earthsharing Australia’s philosophy of land and natural resources as part of the Global Commons. More specifically we will explore current environmental issues, eco footprints and opportunities for further student involvement.

I Want to Live Here Report released

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Land Supply Strangled by Speculators Earthsharing Australia has released the first ‘I Want to Live Here’ Report, demonstrating the extent to which speculative vacancies are the hidden issue in the housing affordability debate. The ‘I Want to Live Here’ report found that 1058 people could live on vacant sites within the Bluestone Ward (City of Maribyrnong). This Google Earth photo … Read More


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This is why the rich get
richer and the poor get poorer. The rich own 80% of the board!