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.
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Join the local community at the rally in support of the remaining tenants of Sirius, Dawes Point & Millers Point Sunday midday Sunday 19 March at the Kent Street Fire Station and march down Kent Street to the Village Green. There’s a sausage sizzle after the rally. Information is HERE.
(Questions Without Notice, 08 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
My question is to the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. Will the government protect strata communities by ensuring owners corporations have the ability to permit, limit and set conditions for short-term letting in their buildings?Read more
Monday 06 March 2017
The escalating price of homes amid stagnant wages is excluding first home buyers from entering the market but renting in the inner city is also ‘extremely unaffordable’. The inner city’s diversity is at risk and people who help it function like teachers, nurses and police can’t afford to live here.
The government will establish a housing affordability strategy for first home buyers but it must include the inner city and address rental affordability. In Parliament, I called for a mandated 15 per cent target for social and affordable housing in redevelopments, developer levies and a fairer tax system and warned that change to short term letting laws must not worsen affordability. The government also needs to revive its Affordable Housing Taskforce which hasn’t released anything since a 2012 interim report. My speech is HERE.
(Private Member's Statement, 21 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The rapidly declining supply of affordable housing impacts on Sydney’s liveability, social diversity, functionality and economy, especially in the inner city where land values are escalating.
For purchasers, deposit-to-income ratio is the highest on record and principal repayments are rising rapidly against stagnant wages and have almost doubled since 1970, despite low interest rates. Shelter NSW identified that 54 per cent of lower income households with a mortgage are in housing stress.Read more
(Community Recognition Statement, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I speak today to acknowledge and thank Douglas Holmes for his many years working to advance the interests of mental health consumers locally, statewide and nationally following his retirement as the St Vincents Hospital Mental Health Service Consumer Participation Coordinator. Many in the inner city – consumers and service providers – will miss Douglas, including my office.Read more
Monday 16 January
Ensuring short term letting regulations protect residential amenity, strata costs and housing affordability will be a major focus this year. The government agrees with the parliamentary inquiry recommendations that some short term letting should be permitted within residential zones but it is unclear what steps it will take to establish limits.
I have asked the planning minister to consult with the community on draft reforms before presenting anything to Parliament. My letter is HERE.Read more
(Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Amendment Bill, 9 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Amendment Bill makes some improvements and adds some fairness to the process by which owners and residents are made to sell or move from their homes when the property is needed for government projects.Read more