Tackling the regional housing crisis together

The Housing Matters Action Group are locals working on affordable housing solutions. We need  affordable, secure, accessible and environmentally responsible housing throughout the Bellingen and Nambucca Shires and right across the North Coast of NSW.

Everyone needs a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.

‘Meet the Candidates’

In the lead up to the Federal election, we have interviewed the Candidates so you can hear what they think about housing, their ideas and solutions, and how they will work to improve the housing system to deliver meaningful change to households across Cowper.

Housing Matters Action Group does not support or endorse any specific candidate.  Rather we are encouraging people to be informed and hear what each candidate identifies as their priority and perspective and to think about housing when deciding who to vote for in the upcoming election on 21 May 2022.



Needs Mapping Project

We’re excited to launch two surveys that will provide up-to-date data on our local housing system and its impact on our local workforce. See links to both surveys below.

The Housing Needs Survey can be completed by any community members, including those who have recently left the area.  This survey is looking at individual and family housing experiences and will provide valuable information and insight into what it is like to be currently living in the Bellingen Shire.

The Workforce Impact Survey is an additional survey.  We have been hearing anecdotal evidence both locally and more broadly about how the lack of affordable (or even available) housing is impacting local businesses and services.  Housing Matters is hoping to get a better understanding of direct or indirect impacts and to begin to build some data around this issue.  If you own or manage a business or service we would love to hear from you. 


End of Financial Year Donations

This year we have entered into a partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).  This partnership enables us to access their DGR-1 Status to facilitate tax-deductible donations to support the establishment of the Housing Matters Hub and our ongoing work to develop locally appropriate, innovative housing solutions.

If you are able to support our work through making a donation, please click here

Or contact us via: admin@housingmatters.org.au

Bellingen & Nambucca Affordable Housing Local Solutions forum 2019

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Housing Crisis Support

Housing Matters Action Group is not able to provide immediate or crisis support.  Below is a list of funded organisations who may be able to assist.

Link 2 Home NSW
1800 152 152

Mission Australia Housing
1800 269 672

Community Housing Ltd.
1300 245 468

Warrina Women’s Refuge, Mid North Coast NSW
02 6652 4000

Neighbourhood Centres of Bellingen Shire:
Coordinator 0438 735 904
Bellingen, Dorrigo 02 6655 1239
Urunga 02 6655 6993

Nambucca Lifetime Connect
02 6568 2522

Pete’s Place, Coffs Harbour
02 6648 3694

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