It's unacceptable that the NSW Government is privatising public housing and public lands through it's Communities Plus formula that allows for the sale of up to 70% of all dwellings as private housing in all public housing redevelopments.
We reject the privatisation of public housing estates and the sell off of public land to private developers.
NSW Land and Housing plans to privatise 70% of the proposed redevelopments in the public housing estates in Waterloo and South Eveleigh and in the proposed new housing development at 600 Elizabeth Street, Redfern.
NSW has a chronic lack of public housing and the government has let its existing stock fall into disrepair. Family sized dwellings will be demolished in favour of 1 and 2 bedroom units in South Eveleigh and there will be are no quotas for Aboriginal housing in either project.
We want to see investment in public housing so that the 100,000 people on the Housing waiting list are housed and all public housing properties are properly maintained.
After strong community campaigning against the plans for the redevelopment of public housing in Cowper Street and Wentworth Park Road in Glebe, the Minister for Housing, changed the plan to part-privatise this redevelopment so that there now will be 100 percent social housing on this site.
We call on the NSW government to reject the Communities Plus formula for public housing developments in Waterloo, Eveleigh and Redfern and to increase its investment in public housing.
We reject the privatisation of public housing property and land.
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To the NSW Housing Minister,
We urge you to scrap the flawed ‘Communities Plus’ model which results in public land to be privatised under the guise of providing new public housing dwellings. We urge you to ensure that any redevelopment of public housing on public land is maintained as public housing and that the land isn’t sold off.
Specifically, we call on you to review the redevelopment plans for the Waterloo South redevelopment, the Explorer Street Public Housing redevelopment in South Eveleigh and the plans for 600 Elizabeth Street, Redfern so that:
no part of these estates are privatised
that existing numbers of family sized dwellings are maintained or increased
that provision is made for at least 10% Aboriginal housing in these public housing redevelopments
- all current, new and redeveloped public housing dwellings and community spaces are properly maintained
Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown has asked the Minister for Transport to expand planned upgrades for Redfern Station to include lifts for platforms 11 and 12 to make it fully accessible.Read more
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.
"I draw the attention of the House to the achievements of the Redfern All Blacks rugby league football club. The club was officially founded in 1944 and is the oldest Aboriginal rugby league football club in the country. This year the Redfern All Blacks men's team won the trophy in the grand final of the Sydney Combined Competition and very recently also won the prestigious Koori Knockout competition for the second year in a row. The Redfern All Blacks women's team made it to the semi‑final of the Sydney Metro Women's Rugby League Division 1 and were also champions at the Koori Knockout, winning the women's competition.
I congratulate all of the players, team officials, volunteers and supporters who have been part of a great year."
Redfern community member and public housing tenant representative Charlotte Dobrovits has been recognised as the 2017 Newtown Electorate Local Woman of the Year.
Each year the NSW Government recognises the outstanding contribution made by women across the state to industry, community and society. Local Women of the Year are selected by their local MPs.Read more
By Heather McNab
Revealed: Drug dogs sniff out troubling trend for Redfern
RESIDENTS in Redfern are more likely to be targeted by drug sniffer dogs than neighbouring suburbs after revelations the area is among the highest for searches that come up empty-handed.
Figures released under a Greens’ Freedom of Information request show that in the last two years, police performed 1313 searches in the area – far more than the Newtown, Surry Hills or Kings Cross police commands.Read more
Around 150 residents joined a public meeting at The Factory in Waterloo on Thursday 11th February, to voice their concerns about the future of public housing in Waterloo.
The cause of concerns is the announcement by the NSW Government late last year that two thousand Waterloo public housing residences will be demolished to make way for a development built around the new metro train station.Read more
Today NSW Greens Aboriginal Justice and Police Spokesperson, David Shoebridge MP, and Member for Newtown and NSW Greens Human Rights spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP, expressed serious concern at actions taken by the police in an attempt to shut down a peaceful protest marking the tragic death of Aboriginal boy TJ Hickey in Redfern.
The matter is in the NSW Supreme Court this morning at 10am.Read more
Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong will visit a number of events across the electorate of Newtown on Tuesday, January 26th, recognising Australia’s long and lasting Aboriginal history, and welcoming new Australians from across the seas to the local area.
Ms Leong will join the Invasion Day 2016 march, which begins at The Block in Redfern, and also visit the Yabun festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Festival in Victoria Park Camperdown.Read more