Affordable Housing News

Keep up to date with what's happening in the affordable housing space as we work to address this shire-wide issue

What is Council doing?

We are committed to addressing the housing affordability challenge in our community.

We continue to explore opportunities to make more affordable homes available for people in Mount Alexander Shire. Ongoing actions we're taking include:

  • pursuing options for funding and access to land on many fronts
  • advocating for the housing needs of the shire
  • investigating use of Council land to deliver affordable housing.

The details of these strategies are embedded in our Council Plan 2021-2025. Some actions are large-scale, longer-term activities that will take time to come to fruition.

Templeton Street air rights update

We are working with a housing provider to access funding so they can build and operate affordable rental housing above ground level uses at two Council locations: 30A Templeton Street and 65 Templeton Street in Castlemaine - this work is still in progress.

What can you do?

We know you are also keen to help.

We've done some research on how housing affordability is being tackled across the state and country and suggest the following community contribution ideas.

We are keen to hear your thoughts, so please check out each idea below and then complete the online survey to let us know if any of them might work for you.

We are doing this work to gauge how interested and able our community is in contributing to making housing more affordable across the Mount Alexander shire.

Community contribution ideas

Immediate help

Support for people in housing crisis

If you need assistance to complete a priority application for housing, please visit the Castlemaine Housing Service at Spencely House, Castlemaine Health, or phone 5479 1000.

If you need affordable housing but may not be in acute housing crisis we encourage you to add your name to the Victorian Housing Register (VHR).

The VHR is how the State Government determines housing requirements in our local community. By adding your name to the register, we can help build a case for more affordable housing in the region.

What you have told us