Monday 5 May 2017
I’m concerned about the increased numbers of people sleeping rough across the inner city and in Parliament asked the Minister for Social Housing for action to help those sleeping rough in Woolloomooloo, Belmore Park, Martin Place, and Wentworth Park.
We urgently need a second Common Ground project like that in Camperdown, which provides long term homeless people with complex needs a home and onsite support to get back on their feet. My questions are HERE and HERE.
Monday 5 May 2017
The ‘This is Sirius’ exhibition celebrates the purpose-built brutalist Sirius building at The Rocks and its residents, with about 60 exhibits and a preview of the documentary ‘Forced Out’ about the destruction of the Millers Point social housing community. The exhibition is at the Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre Observatory Hill from 8 to 16 June 10am-4.30pm. Details: http://saveoursirius.org/
(Second Reading Debate, 30 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Home building insurance has long been criticised by consumer groups for helping too few home owners get relief from faulty building work. A home is often someone’s biggest investment and defects can cause the owner considerable economic loss and disruption to life.Read more
Monday 22 May 2017
St Canice’s Church works with some of the most vulnerable people in the local area. The Heart and Hand 2 Concert of Opera + Song on Sunday 28 May, 3pm at St Canice’s will raise funds for the St Canice’s Kitchen and Railaco Jesuit Mission East Timor. Details HERE.
Monday 22 May 2017
Only a very small number of public housing tenants remain in Millers Point due to complex social and health reasons that make moving particularly problematic. In Parliament, I again asked the government to let them stay while it sells already vacant properties. The community welcomed the 24 units now being kept in the area but they do not meet the needs of all remaining residents. A compassionate approach can achieve the government’s aims while protecting vulnerable long term tenants.
Locals refer to Kent Street as Rent Street because some low cost homes that were sold have been converted to short term rentals, undermining the resilient and supportive community. My speech is HERERead more
(Private Member's Statement, 9 May 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Millers Point was one of Sydney's oldest and strongest communities and long housed a tightly knit community of public housing tenants, private tenants, home owners and service providers giving each other support and companionship. The strong social cohesion and living heritage were recognised in its state heritage listing.
Sadly, successive governments have sought to dismantle this community beginning with the former Labor government’s 99-year leases of 32 heritage terraces, and ending with this government’s forced relocation and eviction of almost all tenants to sell most social housing homes in the precinct.Read more
Friday 21 April 2017
The government’s response to the ‘Inquiry into the Adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW’ is positive, with an options paper on regulation to be released for public comment. I’ve called for wide community consultation. There is widespread concern that the inquiry recommendations needed refinement: short term letting platforms have a place but laws have to limit impacts on neighbours and the community and protect residents’ rights to the quiet enjoyment of their homes.Read more
(Contribution to Debate, 29 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Local Government Amendment (Rates – Merged Council Areas) Bill will give the Minister for Local Government the power to require a council that was established through a recent amalgamation of local government areas, to continue the same rate paths that were used by the former council areas, over the next three years. During this three year period, rates will reflect what they would have been under the former standalone council.Read more
Tuesday 14 March 2017
In response to my question in Parliament, the new Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation promised that the government will consider strata residents’ rights to peace and security in their homes when it responds to the short term letting inquiry next month. Strata management must be democratic with owners corporations able to vote on the terms that short term letting is permitted in buildings, including to ban the practice. My question is HERE.
Increasingly I am also hearing from terrace home residents concerned about short term let party houses on their street and I will push for a legal framework that protects their amenity and safety.