Young adults across Knox have nominated housing affordability, local jobs, and public transport as their top concerns in a survey recently undertaken by Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP.
The survey asked adults aged 18-25 to share their views on what issues matter to them.
Hundreds of surveys have been returned, with more coming in daily. The results showed that 49% of respondents ranked housing affordability as one of their top 4 issues. Public transport came in next with 48% ranking it in their top four issues, with 35% nominating local jobs.
Mr Tudge said the concerns of younger people echoed those of the wider community.
“It’s no surprise that two critical parts of life – having a job and affording a house – are of great concern to younger adults locally,” Mr Tudge said.
“Housing affordability must be improved so that younger people can live near to jobs, family and support networks”
“A great start to make houses cheaper would be to abolish the Carbon Tax which adds $5,000 to the cost of a home according to the Master Builders Association.”
“I would also like to see young people having the option of accessing part of their superannuation to assist with the initial deposit on their first home,” he said. “After all, a house is often the most important retirement asset”.
Mr Tudge said that there was much that could be done to address other areas such as local employment and improvement local transport options.
“Abolishing the carbon tax, cutting red tape would also take financial pressure of local businesses and free them to hire more people locally,” Mr Tudge said.
“I am continuing to pressure all levels of government for improved local transport to service the Knox area,” he said.