Murray Bridge council must be ‘unrelenting’ amid housing crisis, councillor argues
The city’s mayor and council CEO are taking a patient approach, but Councillor Karen Eckermann wants more to be done about the “desperate emergency”.
The Murray Bridge council must be “unrelenting” in its efforts to address a housing shortage, a councillor argues, but its leaders say they’re doing all they can.
At a meeting on Tuesday night, Cr Karen Eckermann described the lack of affordable and social housing in Murray Bridge as a “desperate emergency”.
“I don’t discount the new Labor (state) government’s commitment to some social housing in Murray Bridge … but sadly it’s nowhere near enough,” she said.
“Murraylands housing insecurity is an emergency, and we need to be unrelenting with our requests for help in dealing with the desperate crisis being faced by our community.”
She suggested councillors:
Write to the prime minister, premier and state and federal housing ministers to advocate for more social and community housing in Murray Bridge
Work with local homelessness service providers to make sure existing housing was well maintained and available
Push the issue at a regional and state level through local government associations
More than a year had passed since councillors had made similar demands of former leaders Scott Morrison and Steven Marshall, she noted – it was time to press the issue.
But Mayor Brenton Lewis, on the advice of CEO Michael Sedgman, rejected the proposal before it could be brought to a vote.