ACT Senator Fights for More Opportunity for Home Buyers | The Canberra Times

Zed Seselja’s parents Kate and Loui Seselja outside the first family home they bought in Canberra after leaving Croatia to start a new life. Image: Delivered

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When ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja talks about why he entered politics, he’s talking about his parents.

The Seseljas came to Canberra from Croatia and were able to start a new life in a new country, buy a family home on a single income and raise a family in a growing, thriving city.

But when it comes to his own kids, Zed said things aren’t so simple anymore.

“I believe that every Canberra deserves the opportunity to buy a home like my parents did, but it is becoming out of reach for many families in Canberra,” he said.

“The reality is that housing supply is not keeping up with demand and there simply isn’t enough land and enough homes to give Canberrans the opportunity to buy a family home.”

Zed said in the ACT there was “a unique situation where the local ACT Labor Greens government has full control over the release of land, creating a monopoly that limits the availability of homes”.

“Their iron grip on land supply has been a problem for years, even former Labor chief Jon Stanhope has notified the ACT government on the matter,” he said.

This lack of supply was demonstrated when blocks of land were released late last year for the new suburb of Canberra, Taylor – 115 blocks of land entered the market and there were 7,500 applications.

“That’s not just a number, it’s 7,500 Canberrans trying to get a home,” Zed said.

“So there’s no question that we need more land and houses here in Canberra, and since I’ve been in the Senate I’ve been fighting to get that for Canberrans.”

ACT Senator Zed Seselja with a few fellow Canberrans. Image: Delivered

In 2014, Zed undertook a review of the National Capital Plan, which resulted in the transfer of 726 acres of land in West Tuggeranong from Commonwealth control to the ACT government for potential residential development.

“The ACT government now has that land available for about 5,500 new homes, but they haven’t done anything about it,” Zed said.

But Zed has not let that passivity get in the way of his advocacy for more homes for families in Canberra.

When he learned that there was a piece of land owned by CSIRO that was no longer needed, he started fighting to repurpose that land for the benefit of the Canberra community.

He wrote to his ministerial colleagues about marketing that land for new family homes.

And now the Liberal national government has agreed that, if reelected, it will put that country on the market by the end of 2022. The 243 acres will accommodate approximately 2,000 new Canberra homes – housing approximately 4,500 people.

“This doesn’t completely solve the supply problem,” Zed said, “but it makes a difference and the more opportunities we can give Canberrans to buy a home, the better.”

With the support the Liberal national government is giving to first home buyers through the New Home Guarantee and First Home Super Saver schemes, Zed said more Canberrans will have the chance to fulfill the Australian dream of buying their own homes.

“As a Canberrean born and raised, I understand how important housing is to our community and my commitment is to always fight for Canberra families to get more land and more homes,” Zed said.

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