"I wouldn't wish this on anyone": The Augusta Margaret River housing crisis
Just Home Margaret River Inc.
School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for People, Place and Planet
The tourism town of Margaret River is in a severe housing crisis that has been brewing for several years and is exacerbated by the pandemic. This is due to very low availability of rentals in Augusta-Margaret River (AMR), with a residential vacancies rate of 0.2%, and increasing unaffordability of housing. The housing crisis is occurring alongside a worker shortage in industries such as hospitality and agriculture. On 28 March 2021, the WA Government’s moratorium on evictions and a ban on rent increases will expire. The impacts on local families and the local economy are profound. Many local workers and families in AMR are facing eviction due to the end of their lease or sale of their rental, and/or rent increases, and they are struggling to find a rental property. Homelessness and housing stress have worsened in AMR and urgent action is required.
Godden, N. (2021). “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone”: The Augusta Margaret River housing crisis. Just Home Margaret River Inc.