Today's announcement by the NSW Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward on the plans for the redevelopment of the Waterloo housing estate represents one of the NSW Liberal National government’s largest sell offs of a public asset, according to NSW Greens Housing spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown.
“This is public land and right now there’s an urgent need for a significant action to address the housing stress people in our city are currently experiencing.
“In the current crisis, it is unacceptable that 70% of the proposed development on this public land will be turned over to corporate developers to make massive profits – it’s time to call a halt to this scam.Read more
The Sydney Metro will be a privately operated metro line running from Chatswood to Bankstown. The southern part of the route from the CBD to Bankstown will replace the current Bankstown line on the Sydney Trains network – a functional line that is now in public hands.
The Bankstown line includes two train stations within the Electorate of Newtown – Erskineville and St Peters. The construction of the Metro will have significant impacts on services at those stations, as well as on services at nearby Sydenham and Marrickville stations that are also on the Bankstown line.
There will also be impacts on residents who live near the Marrickville ‘dive tunnel’ that will join the existing terrestrial train line to the new underground section of the Metro.
A new metro station will be built in Waterloo, where around 2000 existing public housing residences will be demolished to make way for a large residential development. There will be impacts on residents around that area too.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
NSW Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong, which covers the Redfern area, and Jan Barham, Housing spokesperson have responded to today’s announcement that a private Metro station will be built in Waterloo highlighting the serious housing concerns.
Two thousand existing public housing residences will be demolished to make way for the development.
Member for Newtown Jenny Leong says:
“The announcement by the state Government today will see Urban Growth taking over the development of large parts of our Redfern/Waterloo public housing community. This is cause for serious concern – not because redevelopment of public housing isn’t needed, but because Urban Growth’s track record in our area has seen some pretty devastating outcomes – including the selloff of the Australian Technology Park site and massive proposed overdevelopment at North Eveleigh.
“While we acknowledge the Government’s commitment that the number of social housing dwellings will be maintained in the new development, we need to ensure that these dwellings will continue to house the same number of residents.
“We have seen cases of redevelopment of public housing where the number of dwellings has been maintained but with a significant reduction in size. As a minimum we need a commitment that there will be no reduction in the number of bedrooms or number of residents that can be housed.Read more