Over 90,000 Empty Houses Amidst Housing Crisis

Karl FitzgeraldCampaigns, Hot Issues6 Comments

20 June 2012 There are 90,700 vacant houses in Melbourne – 5.9 per cent of the total – according to Earthsharing Australia’s 5th annual Speculative Vacancies Report. “Our lazy land use makes a mockery of the drive for affordable housing,” researcher Philip Soos said today. Vacancy hotspots include: Docklands 14.1%, Williams Landing 13.5% and Truganina 12.9% where construction has clearly … Read More

Speculative Vacancies Report release

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Thursday June 21st, 6.30pm Presenter: Philip Soos Prosper rooms, 1/27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne RSVP – gold coin donations Exciting young researcher Philip Soos is set to release our 5th Speculative Vacancies report. In the past, this report has been a lonely voice shining a light upon the lazy use of land in prime locations. Phil has surveyed over 1 million … Read More

Windfall Welfare

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy has just handed his mates a conservative $420 MILLION dollars. The 7000 hectare expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary is the equivalent to a golden pen tick, turning those who are lucky enough to own land in the right locations into millionaires. Urbis calculates that a $60,000 windfall is delivered to each re-zoned hectare near the … Read More

Housing Glut Interest

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Adam Schwab wrote up our fourth report on speculative vacancies in Crikey yesterday. Shortage or glut? Feast or famine? The question of whether Australia is suffering a housing shortage continues to be hotly disputed, with the real estate and construction lobbies arguing a desperate shortage exists, while other independent bodies, such as Prosper Australia, disputing the notion of a shortage. … Read More