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The Housing Matters Action Group (HMAG) has 300 members with a core group of 30 active volunteers who really make things happen. Our membership is a mix of interested community members, representatives from relevant government and non-government organisations and interested people with expertise from across the housing system.

Volunteers are the driving force behind our Working Groups and Events. Their commitment and dedication speak to the care we have for each other as a community and our ability to make change when we work together.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 4.30-6.00 PM at the Bellingen Sustainability Centre, 6a Church Street Lane, Bellingen NSW 2454.

You are welcome to join us in making a difference. To get involved email 

What’s on

Affordable Housing ‘Local Solutions’ Forum:

We are very excited to share that we are organising an Affordable Housing ‘Local Solutions’ Forum on Saturday 7 September 2024 at the Bellingen Memorial Hall.

Our two previous forums, back in 2018 and 2019, were key to our story — they helped us connect with community, develop our organisation and work program, and link up with key thinkers and doers in the housing innovation space. Fast forward to 2024, and we think it is time to go back to community, share important updates on our key projects, and invite people to get involved where they can. 

We are thrilled that esteemed financial journalist, Alan Kohler, is our Forum keynote speaker. You may recall Alan’s recent piece in the Quarterly Essay, ‘The Great Divide: Australia’s Housing Mess and How to Fix It,’ which unpacked what went wrong with the Australian housing market over the twentieth century. We look forward to Alan sharing his thoughtful and engaging analysis with us, and helping us think through the local implications of these macro trends. 

We will share more about the forum soon, in the meantime, please Save the Date!

Learning Circle and Reading Group:

Our next learning circle will be a presentation by Mark Smyth, General Manager of the Banana Coast Union.

Mark has recently returned from an international study tour that explored the merits of the co-operative housing model in Copenhagen, Vienna and Zurich.

The study tour was organised by the Business Council of Co-ops and Mutuals (BCCM) who are committed to learning more about innovative solutions to Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Join us to hear Mark’s key takeaways from the tour and what Australia can learn from our friends overseas.

Date: Thursday 4 July 4.30-6.00 PM.

RSVP: for more info.

Community Land Trust (CLT) Working Group:

Are you keen to help drive change at the local level and address the housing crisis? Interested in housing innovation that delivers affordable and secure homes for local people on local incomes? Then get involved in the Bellingen Shire Community Land Trust Establishment Project as a member of a resident-led working group.

The CLT Working Group (WG) is a forum for interested community members to be involved in the establishment of the Bellingen Shire CLT. The WG will be a space for consultation on operational policy issues related to the establishment of the CLT; and an information dissemination channel making it easy for locals to stay connected to the project.

You can view the WG’s terms of reference and statement of intent here. RSVP is required by contacting

DATE: Friday 20th June 2.30-4.30 PM. RSVP for more info.


Monthly Action Group Meeting:

Since our inception in 2017, our monthly meetings have been action-focused and brought interested residents together to work and plan. We have decided to temporarily park these gatherings so we can refresh our strategic plan 2024-2026 – watch this space!

Date: TBC.
Venue: The Bellingen Sustainability Centre, 6a Church Street Lane, Bellingen

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