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State Government departments lock horns over Sirius building

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL Contention continues to rise over the future of the Sirius Building as state government bodies and the local community are locked in an argument over heritage, development potential and revenue. Architect Chris Bosse released plans for the Rocks building last week that included the addition of balconies onto Sirius, adapting its current […]

Stairway to developer heaven

By EMILY CONTADOR-KELSALL The resolve of Millers Point housing tenants remains strong as properties in the area continue to move from public to private hands. Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard visited the Millers Point community in late June, giving residents renewed hope, despite continued concern over the growing number of vacant tenancies in the […]

Millers Point housing residents face ‘harassment’

By Leanne Elahmad   Millers Point residents have complained of feeling ‘bullied’ and ‘harassed’ and continue to fear losing their homes in wake of the state government’s announcement last week that more properties were being sold. The Family and Community Services (FACS) Department is currently working with tenants to relocate them to other housing communities […]

Final residents fight on at Millers Point

By Georgia Fullerton   With 145 dwellings yet to be sold off by the state government at Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks residents are concerned about their futures. The area houses a disproportionate percentage of more elderly residents, so the dislocation will be all the more disruptive if the eviction plans go forward. […]

Millers Point sell-off “too big a risk” for Sydney’s heritage

By Emily Contador-Kelsall & Joe Bourke The National Trust of Australia has voiced their concern over the loss of national history as the NSW government sells off Millers Point housing without adequate heritage protection. Millers Point is the oldest surviving urban area in Australia, with some buildings dating back to the 1820s. Director of Advocacy […]

Facebook swap shakes up public housing

By Joe Bourke A Facebook community where people can swap their housing commission residences has emerged amid State Government public housing sell-offs, giving tenant their choice of accommodation. ‘Housing commission swap Sydney’ was established by Sameer Sayadi in December 2014 and in its first five weeks has gained almost 3,000 Facebook followers. As a former […]

Social Housing paper criticised as out of touch

By Kieran Adair Ending the year with the release of the Social Housing in NSW discussion paper Minister for Family and Community Services,Gabrielle Upton looks like she’ll be heading into an equally contentious 2015. It follows the controversial sell-off of Millers Point public housing and has already come under criticism from those that fear it […]

Candidates fight for Millers Point

The Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwhich, and the Labor Candidate Edwina Lloyd have come to political blows over the residents of the Millers Point social housing community. Both candidates have been long dedicated champions of the community but an alleged false report from Ms Lloyd led Mr Greenwhich to take to twitter last Wednesday (December […]

Social housing in the firing line

By Christopher Harris   A Family and Community Services (FACS) spokesperson, speaking for Minister Gabrielle Upton, has refused to rule out the sell-off of inner city social housing properties, specifically Glebe and Woolloomooloo. The statement from the department comes after the government released a Social Housing discussion paper last week, with the aim of improving […]

Darling House impacted by new rent agreement

By Chris Sutton Darling House in Millers Point may close down following the NSW government’s decision to remove a long-standing rent agreement. This agreement, called peppercorn rent, is a nominal rental sum used to satisfy legal requirements. Darling House, an aged care home, has been paying $5 a week rent in a deal set more […]