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Local councils join community groups to oppose Millers Point sell-off

Inner city councils, including Leichhardt and Marrickville, have joined community group Friends of Miller’s Point in opposing the selling off of public housing by the NSW Liberal Government. Friends of Miller’s Point is now made up of MPs, tenants, and public housing advocacy groups. In April, the NSW Government announced plans to sell off public […]

Millers Point housing dispute heightens

By Christopher Harris Local politicians have joined the opposition to NSW Government’s plan to sell public housing in Millers Point to fund a Housing NSW property shortfall and maintenance backlog. The significance of the Millers Point housing was highlighted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore last Friday as she opened Sue Rawlinson’s exhibition that documents the […]

What’s next after Millers Point?

Following the recent decision by the NSW government to sell off the Millers Point housing commission units, community members and local councillors alike are raising the question that’s on everyone’s minds. What will be next on the chopping block? Sydney City Greens Councillor Irene Doutney believes that by looking at the rationale behind the Millers […]

Revealed: the legacy of government neglect at Millers Point

By Edmund Kirkwood Successive state governments have failed to adequately maintain properties at Millers Point, public housing tenants say. Damning accounts of the neglect shown to these ageing properties call into question the legitimacy of the government’s claim that the houses have simply become too expensive to maintain. In an interview with City News, lifetime […]

‘Big battle’ looms over public housing: Byrne

Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne is preparing residents and community organisers for a “big battle” to save public housing in the inner city. The state government recently announced it will sell hundreds of homes on valuable land in Millers Point, displacing around 300 tenants including many elderly residents. At a meeting on April 10, Cr Byrne […]

Council pledges support for Millers Point

By Triana O'Keefe and Michael Koziol The state government’s decision to sell 293 public housing properties at Millers Point may yet be overturned, Lord Mayor Clover Moore has said, if there is sufficient community action. At a rowdy April 7 council meeting, attended by more than 60 residents and protesters, Cr Moore acknowledged: “I have […]

Labor ‘could have saved Millers Point’: Greenwich

Labor could have prevented the sell-off of public housing at Millers Point if it had helped amend legislation related to the Barangaroo casino, MP Alex Greenwich says. In November, the independent member for Sydney called on the opposition to “tie their support for [the casino] to the retention of public housing in Millers Point and […]

News in brief

Leong prevails Jenny Leong has won Greens preselection for the newly-created seat of Newtown ahead of next year's state election. The seat should be an easy win for the minor party, according to election analyst Antony Green, with a nominal margin of more than four per cent. Ms Leong narrowly beat former Marrickville mayor Fiona […]

Naked City: Night of the Landlord Dread

Gentrification – it can be a nasty word, a bit like ‘eugenics’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’. All three generally involve those with power and authority imposing their will on an often hapless minority. Hey, does that sound a bit familiar, like what’s happening with the proposed eviction of public housing tenants from Millers Point and The […]

State to sell Millers Point property

The state government will sell almost 300 public housing properties at Millers Point, it has announced, just two days after the City of Sydney called on the government not to proceed before issuing a social impact statement. Long-standing terraces and the Sirius apartment block are among the buildings to be sold, the Sydney Morning Herald […]