Orange's need for more affordable housing will be the hot topic at next week's mini-summit organised by Orange City Council.
Council is hosting the event on Monday and research compiled by Orange consultants Premise will be unveiled at the meeting.
The research shows the proportion of Orange residents who are feeling 'housing stress' and how that number is expected to grow in the future.
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said the summit is part of a new strategy to hear from all sides of the housing sector.
"There's no doubt that Orange will need more affordable housing in the future, but it's also clear that the solutions to a problem like this will be complex," Cr Kidd said.
So far we'll have researchers, policy makers, housing providers and developers all agreeing to come along and share their views.Mayor Reg Kidd
"We might find some answers. We might go away with all sides getting a better understanding of what the problems are. It all helps us move forward. So far we'll have researchers, policy makers, housing providers and developers all agreeing to come along and be willing to share their views. That's great start.
"Whether it's a proposed new development in my neighbourhood or a big-picture acknowledgement that new approaches to housing will have to happen somewhere in Orange, I'm hoping this summit will give us all some ideas to think about. "
Orange City Council's Planning and Development Committee chair councillor Russell Turner said the summit is the latest step in the process as council develops a new local housing strategy.
"The local housing strategy is a wide-ranging plan that the NSW Government wants every council to develop," Cr Russell Turner said.
"The focus of this event will be to look at the specific issues around affordable housing, social housing and homelessness. It's important for the community to wrestle with questions about whether local councils have a role in sorting these issues, or whether we should leave it to the market or government-funded agencies to deal with."
The event will be held from 6 pm to 7.30 pm on December 16 in council chambers. A panel will be questioned by a facilitator, and there will be time for questions from the floor.
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