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16th of July 2018

Economy



Fini adds to Freo sustainability

What I'm not hearing with regard to these affordable housing projects is, who will be able to afford to live there? Fremantle has not produced truly affordable housing for all, as far as I can see. Ultimately it seems to be more affordable housing for those able to pay more in the first place, a case of concentrating "innovation" in one council area that is ridiculously expensive anyway, with one-off projects benefiting from a different kind of offset to costs - federal grants, financial input from universities, pro bono expertise. In that respect I can't see we are getting anywhere, because its not clear how transportable (and affordably so) all of this is. I also have significant doubts as to just how much renters, as opposed to owner-occupiers will benefit. Offering solar as a potential means to offset body corporate costs sounds like profiting from the sale of electricity, so will the renter get his/her electricity at a cheaper price first (equally as important as being renewably sourced); and can we stop the ability to be able to do that being built in to the cost of rent in the first place so that people can save for their own home?

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