Jenny Leong supports Voluntary Assisted Dying laws for NSW
Jenny Leong MP spoke in favour of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill during the second reading debate. This legislation has now been passed into law, making NSW the final state in Australia to introduce Voluntary Assisted Dying laws.
Waterloo Estate (South) Joint Submission
Together with Greens Councillor on City of Sydney Council, Sylvie Ellsmore, we have identified several key issues and shortcomings in the proposed plan for Waterloo South. In addition to opposing the proposed intensification of land use on the site with minimal increase in public and affordable housing, our submission highlights the privatisation of public housing on-site, explores issues with the Communities Plus model, and stresses the need for a social impact assessment. Read the full joint submission here.
MEDIA RELEASE: Greens Bill to tackle mould and rising rents in NSW
In response to rental horror stories of extreme mould and reports of growing rental unaffordability, NSW Greens Housing spokeperson and Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP is pushing ahead with the Greens Bill to cap rents, end unfair no grounds evictions and require all rental properties to be waterproof and mould-free. The Bill also includes specific measures for flood impacted areas including banning evictions for 12 months.
Greens Introduce Bill to protect flood affected renters
Jenny Leong MP, NSW Greens Housing Spokesperson, will today introduce a Private Members Bill to protect renters who have been impacted by the catastrophic floods throughout NSW.
MEDIA RELEASE: Govt should investigate acquiring boarding houses and running them as social housing
Newtown Greens MP and Housing spokesperson Jenny Leong has called on the NSW Government to investigate acquiring existing privately owned boarding houses, to bring them up to a liveable standard, and run them as safe, secure, affordable and publicly owned social housing.
Pressure grows on Airbnb to permit long-term rentals as NSW floods worsen housing crisis
Republished from The Guardian Australia
Greens call for permanent rental solutions for flood victims
The Greens are calling on the NSW government to take urgent action to support people in the long-term who have become homeless due to the catastrophic floods throughout NSW. It's crucial that the NSW Liberal / National government steps in and puts the interests of impacted communities ahead of their cosy relationships with investors. The government's rent relief package will assist people in the short-term, providing funds for temporary accommodation however a longer term solution must be found. It was clear that before this flood event, there was a chronic shortage of rental accommodation in regional NSW. We know that there are many empty or unaffordable properties currently sitting vacant and available on short-term rental sites - these could immediately be made available and affordable to those who are in urgent need of somewhere to live. We are calling on the government to look at options which will ensure that people can access housing at market rents and not holiday rents. We are urging the NSW state government to take responsibility for the housing crisis in flood impacted areas by using their powers to create more medium and long-term rental stock. Options available for the Premier to consider right now would be to: - Either suspend Short-Term Rental Accommodation by disallowing or revoking permissions for property owners to lease properties as short-term rental accommodation, unless in exceptional circumstances, to ensure that people who have nowhere to live have access to every available rental property at reasonable market rates for the next 6-12 months. - Or provide incentives to owners of short-term rental properties who lease their properties at an affordable rate for periods of at least 12 months.People need secure options and stable accommodation - and that’s where the state government could use incentives or changes to planning permissions to make a whole lot of new housing stock available on the medium to long-term rental market. The locals in flood impacted areas know all too well the damage the profit-driven short-term rental accommodation industry has already done to housing affordability in their communities.Now is not the time for anyone to be making big profits from a crisis - and it’s critical the government steps in to ensure this doesn’t happen. The Greens have also set out some other immediate actions the NSW government could implement to provide protection to the many renters who need support including stopping evictions, capping rents, and issuing bond vouchers. Sign our petition calling on the government to take action now.
Media Release - Greens Plan for Rent Relief to be included in Flood Relief
The Greens are calling on the NSW Government to take immediate steps to support renters who are impacted by the catastrophic floods throughout NSW. Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith MP has joined with NSW Greens Housing spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP to call for immediate action to support renters in this crisis and through the recovery period from these devastating floods – including bond vouchers, a freeze on rent increases, and a ban on evictions.
Jenny Leong speaks in support of the petition to protect koala habitat in Port Macquarie
Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown spoke in support of a petition signed by 24,970 people who have raised their voices in support of greater protections for koala habitat, and led to the joint purchase by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Koala Conservation Australia of 194 hectares of prime koala habitat in Port Macquarie.
We're hiring! Social Media and Content Producer
We are looking for a digitally savvy, creative and politically engaged person to join our Newtown team to manage our social media and create content. Our small team is passionate, dedicated, experienced and high intensity. We are committed to serving the good people of the Newtown electorate as well as campaigning for significant social and environmental change.
Latest COVID-19 News and Updates
Things continue to move rapidly when it comes to COVID restrictions and supports. We will do our best to keep this page updated with the latest information and links.
The latest on accessibility upgrades at our local stations
After years of advocating alongside locals for station upgrades and improved accessibility at our local train stations, we're excited to see that some major works have taken place! Our Inner West train stations are now well on their way to becoming more accessible, safe, and user-friendly, and better servicing the needs of our community. For local resident Chris, the new lifts and ramps at Petersham station have "opened up my world."
Greens introduce Economic Inequality Bill to NSW Parliament
Greens MP and Housing spokesperson Jenny Leong MP will today introduce a Private MembersBill to the NSW Parliament, to alleviate financial pressures for people who are forced to livebelow the poverty line.“While the NSW Government cannot raise the rate of income support for people living below thepoverty line, there are many things they can do to help lift people out of poverty,” Greens MP andHousing spokesperson Jenny Leong MP said today.
Congratulations to the 2021 Community Building Partnership Grant Recipients
Our office was so pleased to support so many great local organisations in the 2021 round of the Community Building Partnership Grants.