10 September 2014
I welcome the Social, Public and Affordable Housing Inquiry recommendations, which some hope for Millers Point residents. The committee highlighted the deficiencies of the government’s plans to sell all public housing in Millers Point and called for a portion of public housing to be retained. Key recommendations include a dedicated fund from the sale of public housing properties for building new housing and requiring 10 per cent of all dwellings replacing multi-unit properties sold to be allocated for social, public and affordable housing.
The Inquiry also calls for better engagement with the community housing sector. I’ve called on the minister to closely review the inquiry findings and wind back the sale of Millers Point social housing. The Minister must work with community housing providers who may be able to retain local social housing. The report is HERE.
Join me on Sunday 14 September for the Millers Point Spring Picnic Day to support the fight to retain social housing and protect the heritage of the oldest Sydney suburb. The Picnic is in The Village Green (Argyle Place) 10am-4pm and includes a BBQ, fundraising, police band and speakers, including myself, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and a Q&A session hosted by Quentin Dempster.