The Aboriginal Housing Company has submitted modified plans for the Pemulwuy Project which includes aboriginal affordable housing and student housing on The Block. These plans and the submissions regarding this new proposal are currently being reviewed by the Independent Planning Commission and you can find details here.
Congratulations to all the incredible volunteers at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre who were honored last week at the Newtopian Outreachers – Thank You & Community Celebration.
Housing has become unaffordable for many people living all over Sydney.
I was happy to speak recently on behalf of the NSW Greens at the large community affordable housing forum, "We All Need a Home" in Parramatta which was presented by a group of community advocacy organisations.
The panel of local, state and federal politicians and housing experts heard from local residents about how hard it is to make ends meet when the rents are so high and the lack of security of tenure means people are forced to move regularly, adding large additional costs and dislocation them from their community.
We know that a very large percentage of people living in Parramatta are renting - over 6,000 according to the Census which is 68% of residents. The mean unit rent is about $500 per week and house prices have skyrocketed with the mean sales price for a home now over $900,000. These statistics mean that housing is just simply unaffordable for a significantly large proportion of people in Parramatta.
The Greens are committed working with community groups to push housing reforms in the NSW parliament which include giving all councils in NSW the right to prepare affordable housing contribution schemes for specific precincts, areas or developments within their local government areas. Inclusionary zoning is an crucial step to actually providing affordable homes and not just facilitating the construction of investment properties.
We will also keep advocating for key reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act including the call to abolish no grounds evictions as well as changing state legislation so that annual rent rises are pegged to the CPI.
While we have seen some positive changes to renters rights this year as a result of our lobbying and that of many peak housing groups, there's still plenty more to be done.
October 2018 - South Sydney Herald column
There’s a lot going on right now in our local community when it comes to infrastructure, but not in a good way! The NSW Liberals and their big business mates seem hell bent on taking all they can from our neighbourhoods, and much less interested in giving us anything we actually need in return.
Our community is vibrant, caring and creative. We value our public housing, our public schools, our public parks, our public transport. We recognise the need for significant investment in public services, including healthcare – and especially mental health support. We know that to end the housing crisis we will need to invest in more public, social and affordable housing. We know that privatisation and leaving it to the market doesn’t lead to better outcomes or address inequality.Read more
Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown has responded to changes to Strata Laws in NSW.Read more
It's been a busy time in the NSW Parliament, with the Liberals once again showing their heartlessness just in time for Homelessness Week.Read more
NSW Greens Housing spokesperson Jenny Leong MP has called for an urgent intervention to protect public housing tenants in response to the damning NSW Auditor General’s report released today which found FACS - under the incompetent leadership of Minister Pru Goward - has not adequately supported or resourced its staff to manage so-called antisocial behaviour in public housing, or coordinate the case management of tenants with complex needs and mental health concerns.
The NSW Greens Spokesperson for Housing Jenny Leong MP says:
“We’ve been saying it for years - but now the independent Auditor General has made it crystal clear, the Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward is failing our community’s most vulnerable people by refusing to properly fund, train and resource front line staff.Read more
Greens NSW Housing spokesperson and Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has condemned the Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Pru Goward for pushing through legislation which will force unfair bonds and conditions on public housing tenants while allowing for mandatory evictions.Read more
The NSW Lower House has unanimously supported a motion from Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown calling on the Government to treat housing as a Human Right, not as an avenue for profit.Read more
Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown put a motion calling on the Government to treat housing as a Human Right, not as an avenue for profit. The Liberal Government needs to take responsibility for providing safe, secure, habitable and affordable housing for residents of NSW.Read more