Key Worker Housing Workshop
Council hosted a one day workshop on Key Worker Housing in the Alpine
Resorts in December 2007.
problem for the Resorts and on-mountain businesses is how to accommodate
staff. With the environmental impact of driving to and from off-mountain
accommodation each day and the social benefits of developing sustainable
communities now also being recognised, it was timely to bring alpine
managers, on-mountain businesses and other key stakeholders together.
Around 50 participants
- from Government, business, community and resort management sectors
- worked together to identify issues and explore solutions.
It was a positive
and productive day. The relevant issues were scoped, some of the
complexities were unravelled and possible solutions presented. It
was demonstrated that something positive can be done, with potential
partnerships identified as well as some next steps.
To assist discussions,
four presentations were made:
"Key Worker Housing,
Scoping the Issue" - Professor Terry Burke, Institute for
Social Research, Swinburne University.
Resorts and Key Worker Housing: Queenstown's Strategy"
- Patricia M Austin, School of Architecture and Planning, University
"Bass Coast Shire
- a unique blend of country, bush and coast" - Jeanette
Draper, Social Planner, Bass Coast Shire Council.
"Is affordable housing
affordable? Some North American solutions." - Brad Miles,
Executive Officer, Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council.
A professional facilitator, Ms Michelle Howard, led the workshop
discussions. A series of workshop findings were compiled and are
available to workshop participants on request from the
Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council secretariat.