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NSW Budget won’t fix housing crisis, sector says

BY EVA BAXTER Those who work in the sector call for dramatic expansion and clearer terms following the 2021-2022 NSW Budget’s $800 million commitment to the state’s housing crisis. Cathryn Callaghan, Senior Policy Officer at Shelter NSW, told City Hub, “you’d expect to see billions, not hundreds of millions.” Victoria announced $5.3 billion in 2020, […]

“Save our homes”: Protesters call on parliament to protect public housing

By ALLISON HORE Residents from a number of threatened public housing communities across Sydney’s inner city came together at Martin Place today to call for their homes to be saved from the wrecking ball.  The rally followed last week’s release of the NSW Government’s Housing 2041 Strategy and called for the future of a number […]

Unused lot to be transformed into new affordable housing for Alexandria

By ALLISON HORE The City of Sydney has resolved to transform an unused council site in Alexandria into 21 affordable apartments, creating more inner-city housing for low-income households. Council is currently undergoing negotiations with community housing provider Bridge Housing over the sale of an unoccupied site at 44-54 Bourke Road in Alexandria for the development […]

Win for affordable housing in Waverley

By ALLISON HORE Waverley Council has won a five year battle to give councils in metropolitan Sydney more power to levy developers for losses in their local government area’s affordable housing stock.  Previously, in order for councils around Sydney to receive a monetary contribution from developers who had removed affordable rental housing for a high-end […]

Greens split over heritage

By EVA BAXTER The Inner West Council narrowly decided against listing Marrickville’s Church of Christ as heritage last month, instead supporting its transformation into affordable housing. The Church of Christ is the last of a line of religious buildings that spanned 165 years in Marrickville, the rest have been demolished. The dwindling Church of Christ […]

Waterloo Metro Quarter proposal filled with “broken promises”

By ALLISON HORE Plans proposed by Mirvac and John Holland for the Waterloo Metro over station development promise a sleek, modern precinct which would benefit the whole community. But local housing advocacy groups say the proposal is filled with “broken promises”. The detailed plans for the $900 million Waterloo Metro Quarter were revealed in early […]

Social housing renewal proposals hit with criticism

By ALLISON HORE The NSW Government’s announcement of a proposal to “renew” the Explorer Street social housing estate in Eveleigh has been met with criticism from the community. On Thursday, the NSW Land and Housing Corporation letterboxed public housing tenants in Explorer Street, South Eveleigh with a letter expressing their intention to “renew” the property […]

THE NAKED CITY – OLD BUILDINGS REBORN

Repurposing old and historic buildings is nothing new when it comes to both urban and rural communities. Go to any Australian country town and you are more than likely to find an old post office or bank that has been converted to a coffee shop or b’n’b. In the big cities many fine old buildings […]

New campaign for Aboriginal affordable housing

Aboriginal community groups have come together to launch a campaign seeking government action and targets for Aboriginal affordable housing in the Redfern and Waterloo area. The petition launched by The Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Allies calls on the NSW government to commit to 10% Aboriginal Affordable Housing in all government […]

Survey reveals thousands of shovel-ready affordable houses

By ALLISON HORE Estimates say there could be around 6,000 new affordable homes ready to be built in NSW if a Federal stimulus package for affordable housing is included in the October 6 budget. According to a survey from the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), not for profit housing providers in NSW have shovel ready […]