Under-30s cannot continue to live where they grew up
In response to Suraya Correy's letter published in Peninsula News edition 473; if medium density residential threatens to change the character of the Peninsula, then I whole-heartedly welcome it.
Currently, that "character" manifests itself in the form of a whole generation of Peninsula under-30s being completely priced out of the market if they wish to continue to live in the place they grew up.
Before the predictable replies pour in, spruiking the tired old rhetoric of pulling one's self up by their boot straps and telling us to stop spending money on whatever trending item mainstream media has picked as the new "millennials" thing, I took my parents advice, I got a good education and a professional job with great pay, yet here I am approaching 30 with the idea of purchasing my own home as much of a reality for me as walking on the moon.
Just take a look at the local real estate classifieds.
Affordable, liveable, not-a-hotel-room-at-the-Mantra. Pick two.
On the topic of the destruction of "distinctive and variable architectural character of our houses and garden" that's utter rubbish.
If I was able to save the $70,000 plus deposit to purchase a house and if I was able to afford the monstrous mortgage repayments, what would I have to show for it?
The answer is a rundown, fibro clad shack with no insulation, a sandpit for a garden that has spent the last decade being run into the ground while you play slumlord and whore it out to the local unfortunates to rent.
Email, 16 Jul 2019
Michael Ahearn, Umina
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