Saturday, November 19th, 2011 - The University of Adelaide
A new centre to address homelessness and housing market imbalances in Australia will be launched tomorrow at the University of Adelaide by the South Australian Deputy Premier, the Hon. John Rau.

The Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, comprised of University researchers, academics and other practitioners, aims to assist some of the most disadvantaged people in Australia, according to its Director, Professor Andrew Beer.

“People affected with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, people living in remote areas and also those people impacted by industry restructuring will be our focus,” Professor Beer says.

“One in every 200 people in Australia is living without safe, secure, affordable and appropriate housing and as many as 16,000 people are sleeping rough every night in this country, many with a psychiatric disability.

“Homelessness right across the board is increasing, particularly among young people and older women,” Professor Beer says.

The Centre will also look for solutions to housing stress, which affects about 1.3 million Australian households according to the latest statistics.

“An increasing number of low income households are going without food in order to meet their housing costs. In South Australia alone, we anticipate about 10,000 housing evictions this year.

“The prospect of owning a house is slipping out of reach for many Australians, with the poorest needing a staggering 27 times their income to purchase a median price house in this country,” Professor Beer says.

Regional development and land use planning will also be a key theme.

“Australia’s patchwork economy means that increasing numbers of Australian communities and towns are being left behind, while others aren’t able to grow because of inadequate or intrusive planning.”

WHAT: Launch of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)

WHERE: 7th Floor, Innova21, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide

WHEN: Tuesday 15 November 2011, 10am-11.30am

Media wishing to attend the launch are asked to call Candy Gibson on 0414 559 773.

Media Contact:

Professor Andrew Beer

Director, Centre for Housing, Urban

and Regional Planning

The University of Adelaide

Ph: +61 8 8303 3216

Mobile: 0409 696 485

Email: [email protected]

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Professor Andrew Beer Director, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Adelaid

P: +61 8 8303 3216
M: 0409 696 485
W: www.adelaide.edu.au

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