Tuesday 23 May
MILLERS POINT EVICTIONS
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.Read 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.
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