Denmark housing shortage on Shire’s agenda 

Members of the Bricks and Mortar Housing Alliance.  (Isabel Vieira )

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The Shire of Denmark and the Bricks and Mortar Housing Alliance (BAMHA) are hosting a community forum in response to the town’s housing crisis.

Last month, the Denmark Community Resource Centre, the Homeless Project Denmark and concerned community members came together to form BAMHA in an effort to take the housing issue into their own hands.

The Shire have since joined forces with the advocacy group to host an open community forum to identify local solutions to the town’s housing shortage.   

BAMHA representative Petra Thompson said the group wants to engage with community members who are interested to learn more about the issues impacting Denmark’s housing market.

“We’re eager to have the community at large contribute to this important discussion,” she said.

“Housing falls under State Government control and we recognise change might be a long-term prospect.

 “We’re really looking to workshop what we can do immediately as a community to provide assistance to those in need of housing solutions.”

Despite legislative power over housing laying in the hands of the State Government, Denmark CEO David Schober said the Shire was committed to working towards a solution.

“We realise how important this issue is to our community and would like to take a leadership role by partnering with BAMHA to find solutions for improving the housing situation in Denmark,” he said.

“The Shire wants to work with community to explore potential local solutions through examining practical ideas to such a critical issue.”

The Shire will take the community’s position into prior to finalising a new local planning strategy.

The community forum will be held on May 10 at 6pm at council chambers. 

Meanwhile, the extension of the Denmark Chamber of Commerce’s temporary visitor service was approved at last week’s ordinary council meeting.

DCC’s temporary operation of the Denmark Visitor Centre saw unanimous approval for a four-month extension until August.

The Visitor Centre went into limbo after The Amazing South Coast opted out of operating the tourism hub in the middle of last year.

DCC CEO Sumer Addy said the extension would allow time for the Shire’s Tourism Strategy to be completed.

“We will continue to work closely with the Shire and other non-for-profit partners to allow for the long-term solution to be informed from the research and community engagement data which the Tourism Strategy will provide,” she said.

The centre is currently run by two part-time coordinators and a group of local volunteers who have been committed to providing the service in the popular tourism town.

There are volunteer positions available with training provided, for more information visit www.denmarkchamber.com.au

 

 

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