Housing – Have Your Say

Sunshine Coast Council – New Planning Scheme Project – Deadline 31 March 2022

#HousingActionNow – Housing Affordability & Homelessness   

Your comments are important, and collectively we can make a difference.

Housing is a basic human right, however for many it is becoming increasingly out of reach.​  Every day property values are increasing beyond average household income and wage growth; Sunshine Coast families are experiencing incredible hardship from the rising cost of basic housing alone. Homelessness is increasing at a daily rate, and the resulting rise in the cost of living is in tandem with property, and the knock-on net effect of all of this is going to affect every single person living on the Sunshine Coast.

You can make a difference to improve this situation by doing three simple things.

Your feedback during this preliminary stage is very important and it will influence the preparation of the new Proposed Planning Scheme for the Sunshine Coast.

We have a deadline of 31 March 2022.

Three Urgent Actions You Can Take Right Now

1.  Take the Survey

Tell Council about the truth of Housing Distress.

Complete the Regional Survey, and then complete the Local Survey for your area.


Click the link (below), scroll down, select ‘Take the short survey’



Click the link (below), select your local area, select ‘Take the short survey’

Take the LOCAL SURVEY now

2.  Hot Planning Topics   

Get onto the Council website and Have Your Say.

There are a few hot planning topics that we can comment on to influence housing affordability, housing diversity and homelessness. Some of the topics that relate to housing are:

  • Affordable living and housing affordability
  • Dual occupancies and secondary dwellings
  • Design of multiple dwellings
  • Uses in rural areas

What to do –

      1. Click the link
      2. Scroll down to the ‘Hot Planning Topics’ survey
      3. Tick Boxes relevant to your area of interest
      4. Provide comments relating to each of your ‘Hot Topics’
      5. Provide your email address

Click here https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme/hot-topics

3.  Email Your Local Representative   

Direct contact is the most effective, tried-and-tested method for citizens to bring about regulatory and political change.

Please send a personal, direct, polite and clear email to your local councillor.

What we suggest you talk about in your email, please choose what is in your interests:

  • Are you experiencing homelessness?  Then share your story and tell them what changes they could make that could help you.
  • Are you priced out of the market?  Then share your story and share your thoughts on how we could make housing more affordable.
  • Are you finding it difficult to get a rental?  Share your story and share how the council could increase the number of rentals available.
  • Are you a landowner that would like to share your land and provide more housing options?
  • Are you heading to retirement and want something other than the typical retirement village?  Then share what type of living environment you would like to see.
  • Tell them how you feel about housing affordability in your area, and that you would like to see something done about it.

The Sunshine Coast is split into ten separate divisions.

Find out which Division you live in


Then send an email to your Local Councillor (below):

Division 1 – Rick Baberowski (Deputy Mayor) rick.baberowski@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 2 – Terry Landsberg terry.landsberg@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 3 – Peter Cox peter.cox@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 4 – Joe Natoli joe.natoli@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 5 – Winston Johnston Winston.johnston@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 6 – Christian Dickson Christian.dickson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 7 – Ted Hungerford ted.hungerford@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 8 – Jason O’Pray Jason.opray@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 9 – Maria Suarez maria.suarez@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Division 10 – David Law David.law@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Mayor – Mark Jamieson mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

If you want to know their responsibilities whether it be environment, economic development or community development, check out this website page


Let your local member know what you want from the new planning scheme. Your feedback early in the process will influence the preparation of the proposed planning scheme.

Make it personal, express your concerns and share how they could use the new planning scheme to increase housing affordability, housing diversity and reduce homelessness. Each area of the Sunshine Coast will have different housing needs, let’s try and get a planning scheme that meets them. What residents near the beach want when it comes to housing affordability will be different from those living on rural properties?

​Direct contact is the most effective, tried-and-tested method for citizens to bring about regulatory change.

And it works.

​It is important that our elected representatives understand how it is affecting you.  It’s important to share your story as survey’s do not capture your personal experience or thoughts, and it’s important our councillors hear directly from you. Share your own story, your current experience and what you want in the future.

​Everyone should have a home, but many don’t. Access to housing have become tight for many residents of the Sunshine Coast. Homelessness is increasing at a rapid rate, houses are becoming unaffordable, and the rental vacancy rate is almost zero.  Many are suffering, stressed, and depressed, not knowing if they will have to move away from family and long standing friends to find cheaper housing.

​This Sunshine Coast Council New Planning Scheme will replace the current Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. The new plan process is anticipated to take two to three years to complete. We are at the initial step, the preliminary public consultation stage.  It’s an opportunity for us to have our say about what we would like in the new town plan.

Here is an overview of the New Planning Scheme – https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Planning-Documents/New-Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme/Preliminary-consultation

To learn more, there are several online information sessions for each local community https://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/newplanningscheme/information-sessions

We have a rare opportunity to influence how our council tackles housing affordability in our new town plan. If we want to improve our housing diversity beyond typical suburban houses, high density housing like Aura, apartments, and retirement villages, then we need to let them know of the viable affordable alternatives. What type of housing do you want and how would you like to see it developed. If we want something different that meets our changing need, we need to speak up. Take the survey to let them know what you think or tell them how you are are experiencing housing stress in the survey links above.

We have a rare and limited opportunity to have our voices heard. Please use this opportunity in the three ways we have mentioned. The last thing you can do is please share this with your community/network. The more people contributing the better the outcome.

Thank You from all of us

Affordable Housing & Homelessness Working Group

​Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (Initiating Organisation) – https://www.malenync.org.au/

Glasshousing 55

Maleny Eco Villiage – https://www.ecovillages.com.au/

Priority Purpose

Polkadot Community Incorporated Association – https://www.polkadot.org.au/

Smart Living Society Limited – https://www.smartlivingsocietylimited.org/

Tiny Rooms

Tiny Towns

Also in support of this project –

Maleny Forums

Maddel International – http://www.maddel.com/

Maleny Community House (Michael ‘Laughing Wolf’)

Maleny Lane

Priority Purpose

Tiny Homes Expo (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne)

Transition Towns Sunshine Coast

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre would like to acknowledge two of our major sponsors

QLD Government Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and Sunshine Coast Council Partnership funding program