Monday 6 November 2017
The Greater Sydney Commission has released revised plans for Sydney to 2056. The Eastern City District covers the Sydney electorate and includes a five year target of 46,550 new homes, with 18,400 in the City of Sydney and 300 in Woollahra Council. The plan expects 157,500 new homes in this district by 2036. See Elizabeth Farrelly’s comment HERE.Read more
Monday 30 October 2017
The heritage minister’s appalling decision not to list Sirius on the State Heritage Register shows the heritage system is broken and that this government has no regard for Sydney’s cultural history.Read more
Monday 30 October 2017
The rapid growth in short term accommodation in residential areas is changing neighbourhoods in tourist areas and the government must introduce regulations to make the industry sustainable and prevent problems. Short term letting has already completely removed one per cent of inner Sydney’s housing stock and 3.3 per cent of the rental stock at a time of a housing affordability crisis.Read more
Monday 23 October 2017
There are still a few places at the forum I’m co-hosting with the Owners Corporation Network about regulating short term letting Tuesday 24 October 6.30-7.30pm in the NSW Parliament theatrette, register HERE.
Monday 16 October 2017
With the Owners Corporation Network, I’m hosting a forum about the options for regulating short term letting on Tuesday 24 October 6.30-7.30pm in the NSW Parliament theatrette. Speakers include UNSW Professor Bill Randolph, Our Strata Our Choice’s Stephen Goddard and myself. The minister and shadow minister have also been invited. Register HERE.
Tuesday 3 October 2017
I co-hosted a Parliamentary briefing with the Greens and Labor on tenancy laws. The Tenants Union, welfare and legal service reps and tenants showed how no grounds terminations hide the eviction of tenants who pursue their rights. The law should provide a wide range of reasons for landlords to evict a tenant but the catch-all no grounds provisions mean a tenant can be unfairly evicted from their home.
A huge proportion of Sydney constituents rent and I support greater security for renters when the government proposes amending the act later this year. To support the Make Renting Fair campaign: rentingfair.org.au.
Monday 4 September 2017
The recent 4Corners program showing some retirement village residents in awful situations reveals profit is driving some industry players, with limited consumer protection and gaps between federal and state regulation. See the ABC report HERE.
The state government overhauled retirement village laws in 2013 to create more transparency on contract fees and charges, with an online calculator to identify real costs, and increased compliance, but this does not help people who entered into contracts prior to the changes and improvements for those on newer contracts are unclear. I’ve followed up with questions in Parliament HERE.
Tuesday 29 August 2017
The government has released an options paper on possible ways to regulate short term holiday letting, ranging from industry self-regulation to licensing operators. The paper does not take a position and my submission will again push for owner corporations to have the power to approve, limit or ban short term letting, and for limits on when a home can be let on a short term holiday basis. Short term letting can be a great way to experience the city and help people make some extra money from a spare room or while they are away, but it needs appropriate regulation to protect community, housing affordability and neighbourhood amenity.
Comment is due 31 October and I encourage you to make a submission on how short term letting should be regulated, HERE.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Hiding homelessness does not solve it and moving and fining vulnerable homeless people in public places does not take them off the street. The solution is providing permanent, low-cost housing with support. But the government pushed through laws that give the police power to move homeless people on, confiscate their belongings and fine them $225, even if they are not causing a safety risk to others. It is not illegal to be homeless and I opposed the bill, which is a mean spirited response to the uncomfortable sight of vulnerable people sleeping rough. Read more HERE.Read more
(Opposition to Bill, Wednesday 9 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 is a mean‑spirited response to the uncomfortable sight of vulnerable people sleeping rough in public places, and I strongly oppose it. The bill will give police officers the power to move rough sleepers away from Martin Place and seize their tents and belongings. If rough sleepers move to another public reserve in the City of Sydney local government area, the Minister will be able to confer the powers for use there too. Rough sleepers can incur fines of $220 if they do not leave when ordered to do so.Read more