April 2019 Grapevine – Waterloo model

A better way for Waterloo

The Grapevine enthusiastically supports the Sydney City Council (SCC) alternative proposal for redevelopment of the Waterloo public housing estate. The Council model is a great improvement on the Cowper Street development.

The Government wants to triple the number of apartments on the site at a scale we have not seen before – from 2,012 to 6,800 in towers up to 40 storeys. On the adjoining metro site, they are proposing another 700 homes and towers of 25, 27 and 29 storeys.

The Council plan is for 50% public housing, 20% affordable and 30% private. This compares with the Government’s pitiful proposal of 35% social and affordable housing.

The SCC proposal ensures residents will have access to a community centre and a 2.2 hectare park, drenched in sunshine for most of the day, every day. The park would be surrounded by shops and cafes, the metro station and streets.

The Waterloo Housing Estate is on public land and Sydney Council is demanding that the land be used for public good and that the State retains public ownership of the land rather than selling it off to the highest bidder.

Council is also calling for planning authority of the site to be returned to the City, allowing consultation with residents to ensure any redevelopment responds to community needs.

More details at: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/changing-urban-precincts/waterloo-precinct

 

April 2019 Grapevine – Is Glebe Pt Rd dying?

A Renewed Focus on Glebe Point Road

Is Glebe Point Road slowly dying? – Walk its length and you will see over 15% of all shops are closed. The impact of Broadway Shopping Centre, Tramsheds, and the yet to open relocated Fish Markets will only accelerate this demise without community focus and action.

Glebe has been recognised for its vibrant and diverse culture. Without a buzzing and healthy Glebe Point Road, we are at risk of losing the heart and vitality within our community.

There doesn’t seem to be enough currently being done to address this downward trend. The annual Glebe Street Fair has vanished. Excellent positive initiatives such as the recent Vegan Day Out in Glebe are few and far between.

Glebe has a wonderful diversity of residents with incredible skill sets. We are all busy juggling our lives, but if you have ideas and skills that could contribute to driving our community and Glebe Point Road forwards, perhaps it’s time to step up and do something about it.

If you have ideas, get in touch with us.  Lets come together to create something exciting.

April 2019 Grapevine – Fish Market

 

Fish Statue in Ulladulla NSW

More on the fish markets

Hands off Glebe Inc held an information evening on 13 February about the fish market development. Over 70 people attended and discussed the many community concerns. UrbanGrowth NSW then sent Hands off Glebe a letter responding to some of these issues (see pages 2 & 3). Unfortunately the letter does not answer many of our concerns about traffic congestion, Wentworth Park, noise, contamination of the bay and more.

Curious

The letter from UrbanGrowth NSW includes replies to “masterplan questions from Hands off Glebe”. But the “questions” are in fact community views that came out of a survey. The survey results were sent to UrbanGrowth on three occasions but they denied ever receiving them. Now UrbanGrowth has apparently got the survey results but has turned our views into “questions”. Very curious.

If you want a copy of the survey results, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

UrbanGrowth NSW replies to community concerns about the fish markets

UrbanGrowth NSW wrote to Hands off Glebe with the following comments on the issues raised at our public meeting. Below we publish extracts from this letter.  If you would like a full copy of the letter, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

Wentworth Park

There will be no development on Wentworth Park or impact on the existing Fig trees. Wentworth Park will remain as public open space managed by the City of Sydney.

Visual connections between the park and Blackwattle Bay will also be improved at the Bridge Road intersections of Wentworth Park Road and Wattle Street so you can see the water which is currently blocked by industrial structures.

Bridge Road and traffic

The traffic lanes on Bridge Road will be widened to current standards and will accommodate drop off zones. A new footpath, which will be approximately 12 metres wide on the same side as the fish market, will include shared cycle lanes and provide safer access for pedestrians.

The new market will have greater light rail access with three stations within 400 m, as well as a ferry service. We are working with government and a range of stakeholders on a precinct-wide parking and transport mobility strategy for the future, which includes improved bus services.

Contamination

There will be no dredging, instead a piling method with a cofferdam and silt curtains will be used. Piling is preferred over dredging in most Sydney Harbour projects to minimise interface risks associated with existing pollutants. It is successfully used for most wharf structures in Sydney Harbour.

Relocating the Fish Market

The NSW Government’s vision is to create an authentic, rejuvenated fish market on Sydney’s inner harbour that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area. This vision has been informed by the community’s aspirations and feedback from the extensive public consultation that UrbanGrowth NSW has undertaken since 2014.

Glebe Grapevine comments:

The Glebe Grapevine does not think that the UrbanGrowth responses adequately answer the many community concerns about the fish market development.

We recommend that readers go to Issue 1 of 2019 of the Glebe Society newsletter which has an excellent article on the fish market by Lesley Lynch.

Go to www.glebesociety.org.au/publications/bulletin to access the article.

Glebe Grapevine January 2019

 

 

January 2019

Happy New Year!

The Glebe Grapevine sends its best wishes to all our readers and supporters for a healthy and happy 2019.
We look forward to another year campaigning with you for the interests of our community.

Can you spare a minute …

The NSW Government is selling off public housing stock and transferring other homes to community housing providers – without tenants having any choice – at an alarming rate.

Have you heard of any plans or rumours of more sales and/or transfers?

If you have, please contact the Grapevine (details below) and let us know.

We will let the community know about these developments and try to develop campaigns to protect and expand public housing and to encourage the NSW Government to adopt policies which prioritise decent housing for all members of our community, protection of heritage, ending over development, and providing public transport and green space.

 

Some questions about the fish markets proposal

In late November last year the NSW Government unveiled its plans for the new fish markets located on a 3.6 hectare precinct in Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road in Glebe and planned to open in 2023.

However, there are many outstanding matters of concern. Readers might contact the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Anthony Roberts, the NSW Minister for Planning and ask them the questions below.

If you get answers please let us know so the Grapevine can share the information across our community.

Funding

The original cost of $250 million for the development is widely expected to increase significantly. How is the government going to pay for this?

Traffic congestion

With an expected 6 million visitors a year, what is being done to mitigate the potential traffic and parking congestion in the area? Where will the increased number of tourist buses park? What steps are being taken to mitigate traffic heading to and from Westconnex?

Housing

The high rise development of up to 2760 new apartments (much larger than Harold Park) on the old site had been excised from any consultation. Why? What are the numbers and types of dwellings for this small sliver of land?  What will the numbers of a) private b) affordable and c) social housing be?  What extra infrastructure will be available for schools, hospitals, parkland and other services?

Retail space

How will the government deal with increased traffic and parking pressures as a result of the planned 3,000 square metres of extra retail space?

Noise

There are concerns about the noise impacts in the area.. What noise abatement plans, if any, does the government have? How will the distraction of shopping, cafes, etc right next to Glebe Secondary College be dealt with?

Contamination

The development will extend over 140m over the water. This will require dredging and other construction work in Blackwattle Bay which is heavily contaminated. How will the government deal with these pollution issues?

What impact will pylons 140 metres out into the bay have on: tidal flows? Will rubbish collect under the markets?  What is to stop a stagnant area created under the markets becoming a pollutant?

Parkland

The proposed building will fill most of the waterfront along Bridge Road between the Wentworth Road and Wattle Street inter-sections, leaving a small plaza at the eastern end.

At 4 storeys high (about as high as the fig trees across the road), it will almost completely eliminate any visual connection between Wentworth Park and Blackwattle Bay. Is this an acceptable sacrifice for residents and park users?

Local MP Jamie Parker comments:

“The details of the new fish market development … are designed to deliver public waterfront land to property developers at the expense of our local community….

The much-needed renewal of Sydney’s waterfront must not come at the price of community access to publicly owned waterfront land or the liveability of our city.”

 

 

 

You are invited to an

INFORMATION EVENING

Answering your questions about the Fish Market plans

Wednesday 13 February

84 Glebe Point Road

6pm

Speakers have been invited from the ALP, the Greens and the community

 

The Night Economy

Plans are well under way for Glebe Point Road to become a special area for the city’s night economy.

The plans mean Broadway can become a special zone with 24 hour trading and businesses in Glebe Point Road from Broadway down to about the Ancient Briton will have the right to open from 7am till 2 am.

You can see the plans in the Glebe Library.

The community should have a view about such a major change in trading hours. Send your ideas to Council — but be quick!  Submissions close on February 8. Contact Julie Prentice Specialist Planner on 9265 9333 or at jprentice@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.  Ms Prentice will accept late submissions if individuals ask her for more time.

Visit: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/your-say/sydneys-late-night-trading-draft-planning-controls

Glebe Grapevine Sept 2018

We need a genuine strategic vision
for the Bays Precinct

 

By Jamie Parker MP

In 2015 the government released their ‘Transformation Plan’ for the Bays Precinct which promised to turn the area into a bustling hub of enterprise, activity and beautiful spaces. But rather than transformation, we’re now seeing a list of ad hoc developments that are being pushed independently without any consideration of their cumulative impact on our community and wider Sydney.

In the last year, the government has announced plans to turn sections of White Bay into a massive construction site and dumping ground for their Western Harbour Tunnel. There is also a plan in place to ramp up industrial activities on Glebe Island with a new multi-user facility and the relocation of the Hanson Cement batching facility from the current site at Bridge Street. Some of these new facilities will operate 24/7 with associated noise, air pollution and truck movements.

What we don’t have yet is an idea of the cumulative impact that all these various proposals will have on our roads, air and waterways.

We need a genuine strategic vision for the Bays Precinct that prioritises public transport, green space and employment, rather than more short-sighted schemes that will only impact the liveability of our suburbs.

 

What will be the cumulative impact of all these proposals?

KEY

  1. The new Fish Markets – a 3 story building that protrudes into the bay further than the existing wharf. Construction starts 2020.
  2. Mixed use (residential and commercial) develop-ment, including 2760 apartments. Construction starts 2020.
  3. Multi-use facility at Glebe Island 24 hour, 7 days a week bringing building materials into Sydney by sea. Construction starts 2020.
  4. Hanson Concrete batching facility. To move to Glebe Island in 2020.
  5. 3 smoke stacks. Each WestConnex tunnel smoke stack will be 35 metres tall. The smoke will be unfiltered. A green space is currently under construction adjacent to the proposed smoke stack location.
  6. Sydney Metro West. Construction commences 2022. Underground.
  7. Western Harbour Tunnel. Construction commences 2020/21 and due to open in 2025/26. Underground.
  8. WestConnex tunnel exit. Tunnelling planned to commence 2019 and cease 2021.
  9. WestConnex M4-M5 Rozelle Interchange. Tunnelling planned to commence 2020 and cease 2022. Interchange due open in 2023. Underground.
  10. White Bay Power Station renewal. Details of ‘renewal’ are not available to the public. ‘Renewal’ commences in 2020.
  11. Rozelle Bay. Rozelle Bay is included in the Bays West project. Future status of this site is currently unavailable to the public.
  12. Wentworth Park. The park has been integrated into the Bays Market District development to falsely meet the ‘green space quota’. Integrating Wentworth Park in the Bays Market District’ begins 2020. Details of what this means is not available to the public.
  13. White Bay. White Bay is included in the Bays West project. Part of White Bay will be utilised as a car park and heavy vehicle marshalling area during the construction of the WestConnex tunnel. The future of this site is currently unavailable to the public.

Get active!

Don’t allow this attack on our community and our environment to go ahead. Join Hands off Glebe Inc and join the fight back.

Our next meeting will be held at the Old Fire Station in Mitchell Street at 6pm on Wednesday 17 October. You are warmly invited to attend.

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The “Build to Rent” Con

The NSW Government plan to hand over to a developer, free of charge, public land at 600 Elizabeth Street, Redfern must be stopped. Social Housing Minister Pru Goward claims this is a great development but it is con.

The “Build to Rent” model gives a lease, with no charge and no land tax/  This new version of using public land to enrich private developers is expected to produce 400 to 500 dwellings. Of these 70 per cent will be earmarked for renters at market prices and 30 per cent will be social and affordable housing.

The developer will benefit from the profits made from rents, can borrow against the property and extend the lease under a different government in 2058. What benefit does the public get?

The government says all land and dwellings will be returned to the NSW community after the lease expires. But even if the property is actually handed back after 40 years it will be in need of repair and ready for demolition.

Keep public land for public housing!

The Grapevine calls on the government to shoulder its response-bilities and to spend some of the billions it gets from land tax and stamp duty to build public housing on this public land – no private developments for private profit.

The “market” should no longer be allowed to determine the availability of shelter for our people — the common good is superior to the right of private property.

SIGN OUR PETITION

Please go to change.org public lands in public hands and sign

 

Glebe Grapevine May 2017 – survey on Fish Market

GG May 2017

May 2017

What to you want to happen
at the Bays Precinct?

A crowded community meeting on May 3 decided to develop a Community Master Plan for the Bays Market District which covers the Sydney Fish Market, land under the ANZAC Bridge along Bank Street Pyrmont, the first stage of a Bays Waterfront Promenade along Bank Street, and connections to Wentworth Park (see map on page 4).

Please complete the community survey on pages 2 and 3 and return it by Friday 16 June.

The results will be collated and a draft Community Master Plan prepared.

Copies will be available at Jamie Parker’s office  at 112a Glebe Point Road from Monday June 26

Our Community Master Plan will be finalised at a public meeting on Wednesday 12 July at 6pm at the Glebe Youth Service, 84 Glebe Point Road.

 

  COMMUNITY SURVEY

UrbanGrowth NSW, the government’s development agency, wants to redevelop the ‘Bays Market District’, which includes the Sydney Fish Market, land under the ANZAC Bridge along Bank Street in Pyrmont, connections to Wentworth Park and future water uses in Blackwattle Bay. (see map on page 4).

Tell us what you think:

  1. Which of these possible impacts of the new ‘Market District’ are you most concerned about? Circle up to 3.

Cutting down some of the trees that line Wentworth Park

Losing some green space in Wentworth Park

Wentworth Park being shaded by high rise on four sides

Increased risk of pollution into Blackwattle Bay

Problems parking/entering the water/foreshore and other amenities

Threat of fish markets noise/smell entering the school

Traffic and parking / lack of public transport

Other ……………………………………………………….

  1. Would you agree to high rise buildings (retail space below, private units above) on the old fish market site?

Yes / No

Other: ……………………………………………………….

  1. If high rise housing is built at the old Fish Market site, what percentage of affordable and social housing would you like to see included?

[UrbanGrowth wants to build private high rise apartments on the old Fish Market site and had said it will include 5% ‘affordable’ housing. They have no commitment to public housing]

5%              affordable housing                              Yes / No

20%            affordable housing                              Yes / No

5% public housing                                   Yes / No

20% public housing                                Yes / No

Other: (free text)

 

  1. Where would you prefer to see the fish markets moved from its current location?

To the old Bay Power Station (located on Rozelle’s foreshore)

Towards the school (current location of Hanson cement)

Towards the old Glebe Island Bridge

Somewhere else ……………………………………………………………

  1. What do you think should be done with the Hanson cement site?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  1. What do you think about the idea of having a pedestrian bridge connecting Wentworth Park to the foreshore?

[UrbanGrowth talks about ‘connecting Wentworth Park with the new Bays Market District’. A pedestrian bridge over Bridge Road connecting the foreshore to Wentworth Park is one idea.]

I can live with it if it means the park is kept whole

No – don’t close any street near the market

Other ………………………………………………………………

  1. How would you like to see the location of the current Fish Markets and the area along Wentworth Park foreshore developed?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

8           Do you use Wentworth Park now? If so, how much and what for?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Your details

Postcode …………………………………

Optional

Name ………………………………………

Email ……………………………………….

 

 

Tell us what you want

Please fill out the survey on pages 2 and 3 and/or reply on extra pages and return them by Friday June 16.

You can post them to

Jamie Parker MP, 112A Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037

Hands off Glebe, Box 145, Glebe NSW 2037

You can drop them off at:

Jamie Parker’s office, 112a Glebe Pt Rd

IGA (near Commonwealth Bank) Glebe Point Road

Friendly Grocer (near Wigram Rd) Glebe Point Road

The Little Bottle Shop, cnr Forsyth Street and Glebe Point Road

Have a Chat Cafe, The Old Fire Station, 113 Mitchell Street

 

March 2017 Glebe Grapevine Issue

PUBLIC MEETING

Are you concerned about how the
Bays Precinct development
will affect us in Glebe?

 

Come to a discussion of the issues on

Wednesday May 3

6-8pm

Glebe Youth Service
184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Our local MP Jamie Parker will open proceedings with an overview, focusing on the Fish Market, Wentworth Park
and public housing

Then participants will have plenty of time for questions
and to present their own ideas

Organised by Hands off Glebe                                                                                                 Entry by donation

The Bays Market District

Did you know that UrbanGrowth NSW has called for urban designers to submit a master plan for the so-called Bays Market District which covers the Sydney Fish Market, land under the ANZAC Bridge along Bank Street Pyrmont, the first stage of a Bays Waterfront Promenade along Bank Street, connections to Went-worth Park and future water uses in Blackwattle Bay.

UrbanGrowth is a NSW Government State Owned Corporation which focusses on “large-scale urban transformation projects” – a developers’ paradise.

Fish Market:  The lease for the concrete plant on Bridge Road ends this year and apparently the Fish Market is to be redeveloped at this site.

There do not appear to be plans for public transport so presumably there will be a large area needed for parking.

With this, the introduction of fresh food sales as well as fish and the need for new wharves, will the new development be multistory? How much of the bay will it need to use for all these facilities?

It is worrying that all the noise and attractions of cafes and so forth will then be right next to the school.

Why not develop a city beach or some other community friendly use?

The old site will be redeveloped for housing but UrbanGrowth does not appear to have any policy on providing public and affordable housing.

Wentworth Park:  The future of our park is not clear. UrbanGrowth talks about “connecting Wentworth Park with the new Bays Market District” and “creating lovely connections from green open space to the new fresh food
marketplace”.

Given that Bridge Road will become even more crowded, does this mean overhead walkways? And if so, how many trees and how much green open space will we lose?

And what will happen to the homeless under the viaduct?

UrbanGrowth says they “could retain the land in public ownership” which means they are also considering privatisation, something we would need to fight so we can keep our park in public hands. Wentworth Park should stay as public land and be managed by the Sydney City Council.

Come to our public meeting on May 3 to discuss all these issues—see page 1 for details

Homes for Older Women

Older women should not be homeless in Australia. They deserve a better deal, one that recognises their contribution and respects their dignity.

It is not acceptable that there is no NSW Government priority to address the housing needs of older women, despite increasing evidence that the numbers who are homeless are growing.

Older women often are too poor to pay a mortgage, to pay market rents or even to find housing that works well for them – one bedroom accessible units close to transport and community facilities.

We want initiatives to help older women to be able to live in homes that are safe, secure and affordable. These include funding for the development of
affordable housing projects for older women and securing the financial
independence of older women.

For more information go to Homelessness NSW at admin@homelessnessnsw.org.au

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You can help make Sydney more affordable

The Greater Sydney Commission’s draft plans for Sydney will affect land use and development plans over the next four decades – particularly the chances for public and affordable housing.

We urge you to make a submission now, no matter how brief, at: www.greater.sydney/have-your-say.  Responses close 31 March.

If you want help, go to www.shelternsw.org.au

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Please Help

The Glebe Grapevine is the ONLY voice in Glebe consistently speaking out for public housing and against overdevelopment by wealthy, rapacious
developers and local and state government officials who seem to be held in their sway.

The Grapevine needs YOUR HELP to continue to stand against the greed of those who seek to change our suburb for THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

DONATIONS to enable us to keep printing can be sent to P.O. Box 145 Glebe 2037 or direct credit to BSB 659 000, Account no.755116, Account name: HANDS OFF GLEBE- GRAPEVINE

Help us tell these people: HANDS OFF GLEBE

 

Helps us tell these people:  HANDS OFF GLEBE!

 

 

 

WATCH OUT FOR THE IPART RENT REVIEW

The NSW Government has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory
Tribunal (IPART) to review  social and affordable housing rent s.

This review is part of the government’s Future Directions policy which stresses the need for public housing tenants to transition to the private rental market, what the government calls “housing independence”. IPART’s review is intended to find changes to rent setting and eligibility criteria for social housing to achieve these objectives.

It is a matter of real concern that IPART will examine models that allow variation according to housing affordability, different social housing tenant households and locational factors. “Locational factors” is code for where people live.

IPART will publish a draft report in March 2017, which will set out draft recommendations and invite comments. Public housing advocates need to be ready to comment on this draft report.

IPART says it will consider the comments before its final report in June 2017.

Are we “elegant” enough for Glebe?

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain section on 4 March proclaimed that a new “elegance” is coming to Glebe.

Who are these elegant people? According to Roxy (the developer) and the Domain, they are anyone who can afford to buy an apartment for $730,000 to $2.83 million on the former public housing estate bordered by Wentworth, Cowper and Queen Streets.

The development was called the ‘Glebe Affordable Housing Project’. All the public housing was bulldozed to make way for 25% public, 25% affordable and 50% private housing

The project was begun by an ALP government and has been continued by the O’Farrell, Baird and Berejiklian Liberal Governments.

The location is not far from the tents of the homeless who live in Wentworth Park.  The State Government is not interested in homelessness or housing affordability. Government housing policy is to look concerned about unaffordability and then to fan the housing market.

For a longer article on this issue see the website

 

 

 

March 2017

 

 

 

GG March 2017 corrected

FEDERAL ELECTION 2016 – EXTENDED COMMENTS ON HOUSING

JULY 2 2016 FEDERAL ELECTION

CANDIDATES FOR SEAT OF SYDNEY

 

FALANGA Ula                      Christian Democrats

BERRIMAN Mark                 Animal Justice

SPIKE Chris                         Sustainable Australia Party

WINTERS Geoffrey             Liberals

GEISER Tom                        Science Party

ELLSMORE Sylvie              Greens

BOYLE Peter                        Socialist Alliance

PLIBERSEK Tanya             Labor

LANNING Rebecca             Sex Party

TZORAS Tula                       Online Direct Democracy Party

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The following candidates were contacted and sent replies which are published in full below

 

WINTERS Geoffrey             Liberals

ELLSMORE Sylvie              Greens

BOYLE Peter                        Socialist Alliance

TZORAS Tula                       Online Direct Democracy Party

 

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The following candidates were contacted but did not reply

 

FALANGA Ula                      Christian Democrats

PLIBERSEK Tanya             Labor

 

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The following candidates had not nominated when the Glebe Grapevine sent out the questionnaire and were therefore not invited to respond to the questionnaire

 

BERRIMAN Mark                 Animal Justice

SPIKE Chris                         Sustainable Australia Party

GEISER Tom                        Science Party

LANNING Rebecca             Sex Party


 

Responses

Sylvie Ellsmore    Greens

The 16 year waiting list for public housing in NSW has been caused by under-investment by successive State and Territory Governments, who have not only failed to build sufficient new housing, but failed to maintain existing housing stock, creating a false sense of crisis and is being used as an argument that public housing is too expensive to maintain, and needs to be selectively sold off.

The Greens strongly support greater funding for public housing. Specifically, the Greens will reform negative gearing and removing capital gains tax discounts, and redirect the $6.8 billion estimated cost pa to increasing public housing and homeless services. It is possible to redirect this funding to provide housing for everyone on the public housing waiting list by 2030 – the Greens have costed plans available at http://greens.org.au/

The Glebe Estate has been a vital part of Glebe for generations, and must be protected. The Greens are proud to stand with residents in their campaign to protect against attempts to run down or sell public housing in Glebe. As someone who grew up in Glebe and whose family still lives here, I know first hand the valuable contribution that estate has made to making Glebe a strong community.

  1. It is a national disgrace that in Australia, as one of the richest nations in the world, 105,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home, and that more than a quarter are children under 18. Seventy percent of young people who end up homeless are fleeing domestic violence or family breakdown.

With most crisis refuges reliant on Federal funding, and only 6% of people seeking long term accommodation being housed, a key action to address homelessness is to significantly restore and expand Federal
funding for refuges, including specialist refuges to tailor for key groups at risk at homelessness including woman, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and young people. At the State level the Greens strongly opposed reforms which saw specialist women’s refugees become general services.

In addition to those noted above, federally the Greens housing proposals include:

– Doubling the federal funding for Specialist Homelessness Services under the original National Affordable Housing Agreement (and index the funding by 7%), at a cost of $507 million pa;
– Signing a new ten year National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness and double funding under the original agreement, at a cost of $320 million pa; and
-Reversing the cuts to the National Rental Affordability Scheme, which helps people on low incomes afford the extremely high rents in Sydney.

Obviously homelessness is a complex issue, and addressing homelessness also requires ensuring there are other adequate, publicly accessible social services for the inner city.

Also, for those living in housing stress who are at risk of homeless, most of whom are in the private rental market, the Greens support national standards to increase rights for renters, including protection for security of tenure, an end to no fault tenancy terminations and the generally capping of annual rent increases to CPI.

  1. As our city grows, it is important that new housing is built close to transport – which includes increased densities in the inner city. However, this must be sustainable, meaning that new development must be accompanied by infrastructure including new green spaces, child care centres, schools, public transport and other strategies to reduce car dependence.

Crucially, residents must have a genuine say about development in their local area. As a former Marrickville Councillor I was proud to both work to ensuring that new builds included genuine affordable housing where possible, and to stand with residents in campaigns against proposed over-development in the innerwest. Too often exceptions and concessions are given to large developers, with minimal requirements to give back to the community. In Glebe, the Greens were proud to stand with in their community campaign residents to win concessions at Harold Park, but we still have far to go to ensure our laws are guided by community needs and not developer greed.

The lack of ability for local Councils to enforce genuine affordable housing targets in new developments is out of step with other global cities like New York and London, and is helping drive housing unaffordability in Sydney. The Greens support a 30%-50% housing affordability target for large urban growth projects.

  1. I support a vacant property tax. Recent research shows inner city vacancies of rental properties is very high in inner Sydney – up to 14%. Despite a very tight housing market, tax incentives encourage some landlords to leave properties vacant. This must change. As part of our housing policies, the Greens have released a “convert to rent package” which includes incentives for landlords to convert vacant properties to low cost rental.

For more details about the Greens policies please see: http://greens.org.au/ or contact the campaign at sydney@nsw.greens.org.au
PETER BOYLE – SOCIALIST ALLIANCE

  1.      Do you support greater Federal funding for public housing?

 

Yes. The federal government needs to take major responsibility for infrastructure in all major cities because that is where most people live and it has the power to raise revenue though progressive income taxation.

 

Federal and state governments have been neglecting public infrastructure for decades because they believed that cutting social spending and increasing corporate handouts would be “good for the economy”. It didn’t work. The rich just got richer while our public services and infrastructure — including public housing stock — were run down and distorted.

 

Now, we have to catch up for these lost decades of privation.

 

A major federal investment in public housing is a key infrastructure need.

 

Sydney’s “housing market” might be producing big profits for developers, real estate agents and speculators, but it is failing to deliver affordable and quality housing.

 

More and more people – especially people with young families – are finding it impossible to afford to rent, let alone buy.

 

At least two generations have been denied the dream of owning their own home, while others have become debt slaves to try to pay off ridiculous mortgages.

 

Less than 1% of rental properties are affordable for low-income families in Sydney and the Illawarra, according to a study by Anglicare Sydney.

 

And the state of the lower-price rental housing on the market is shocking. They are total dumps!

 

There were nearly 60,000 on the waiting list for public housing last year in NSW. The Baird Coalition government has only promised to build 9000 new public housing dwellings over the next 25 years while continuing to sell off existing public housing stock.

 

This is a social disaster that the federal government needs to address.

 

We need to make housing a social right. We could build quality, ecologically sustainable and affordable housing at a fraction of the price that “the market” is demanding.

 

This is also part of the urgently needed infrastructure investment in addressing the climate change emergency.

 

  1.      How would you resolve homelessness in Glebe?

 

The preconditions for addressing homelessness in Glebe – and anywhere else – are: a. More affordable housing; b. More appropriate housing, addressing the special needs of many of the people who are currently homeless; and c. More appropriate social services, including mental health services, which are all currently facing cuts.

 

Once again, federal funding is needed to address these needs for the reasons I cited above.

 

  1.      What is your view on inner city housing density?

 

There is a social and environmental need to have more medium density housing in Sydney. However, under the current rules and regulations, big developers are having a field day and residents and communities are severely disempowered.

 

Driven by sheer greed, developers are trying to squeeze in as much high-rise housing and commercial buildings into inner city along key transport corridors.

 

Mirvac’s high-rise plans for the Pyrmont Shopping Centre re-development and the Central to Eveleigh precinct are examples of this. Another example is Deicorp’s plans for the historic Redfern Block. And who knows what other horrors are planned with the Waterloo public housing redevelopment?

 

The community is never told the full story, and what we are told often comes far too late for effective community response.

 

The rules and regulations favour the big developers and often the community has no real say at all.

 

As a general rule I favour a five-storey limit on all suburban, including inner-Sydney suburban, housing developments. This would cater to social well-being as well as the community’s need to preserve heritage and historical significance.

 

Relatively high housing densities have been reached in cities like Barcelona, with similar restrictions on high-rise building.

 

  1.      Do you agree with a vacant property tax?

 

Yes, a vacant property tax would play a useful role in reducing the high rate of vacant housing in Sydney.

 

According to a recent media report, 90,000 properties are left vacant across greater Sydney, with the vacancy rate as high as one in seven in some parts of the Sydney electorate.

 

This adds to housing shortages and lifts rents. Basically, speculators are “parking” money in vacant buildings and just waiting to rake in capital gains in a skyrocketing property market.

 

 

Biography for Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance candidate for Sydney

 

I have lived in Sydney’s inner-west for 25 years and have raised two daughters in the area.

 

I have had a long involvement with the Aboriginal rights’ movement, especially in the campaign against deaths in custody and the struggle for land rights.

 

I have also been involved in protests to save public housing in Glebe, Millers Point and in Redfern.

 

I was one of the founding national convenors of the Socialist Alliance and I now co-convene the Sydney Central branch of the Socialist Alliance. I write regularly for the newspaper Green Left Weekly.

Tula Tzoras — Online Direct Democracy

  1. I personally support greater funding for public housing and we offer voters the opportunity to vote online taking the majority vote straight to Parliament.
  2. My view is that no one need be homeless in Australia. The Federal Government should make all property available and cap rental costs. People should not pay more than 30% of their income in rent. I have suffered having to move countless times due to no fault of my own. Housing is vital to one’s safety and wellbeing.
  3. The Sydney electorate is a densely populated area, with Westconnex weather, we can however control our waste and emissions by choosing public transport instead of cars, doing everything we can to keep the air we breathe as clean as possible.
  4. My own opinion is that vacant property should be put to use by housing the homeless. Otherwise yes I do support a vacant property tax. Of course my own views don’t matter as I represent the people.

 

Geoffrey Winters    Liberal Party

The coalition recognizes the shortage of housing in Australia is a serious social issue and the impact it is having, particularly on families and lower income earners.

The Turnbull Government is committed to a strong new economy, with a focus on creating jobs for all Australians.  Having a strong economy will ensure all Australians who can work, can gain employment.

The Turnbull Government provides a strong and targeted safety net to support Australians who are not working, spending $158.6 billion in 2016-17 (35per cent of the total government Budget).  Our safety net provides income support, rent assistance, rent assistance, and employment service support to try and help people back into work as soon as possible.

Labor cut funding for homelessness in their last budget, failing to make any provision for National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness after 30 June 2014.

The Turnbull Government has not only restored this funding, we have extended funding for the NPAH providing $115 million a year to State and Territories for a further two years.

Housing density and property taxes are matters that are responsibility of the state and territory governments.

 

March 2016 Grapevine

 

March 2016

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GG March 2016

 

Action for Public Housing

 

A new organisation called Action for Public Housing was formed at a meeting in Sydney on Sunday 6 March.

With support from Glebe, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Miller’s Point, Manly, Maroubra, Illawarra, Marsfield, Coogee, and Botany, the meeting agreed there is an urgent need for a group to link all public housing tenants for a unified and strong voice against the proposal to sell public housing estates for private development.

The reality that average Australians — working, unemployed, students, aged, frail and disabled — will not be able to afford to live within 50 kms of Sydney is discrimination. Most have worked until retirement and are contributing as valuable members of the community.

Government has a duty to provide housing for those who cannot and should not have to pay exorbitant private rents, which are more than average Australians can afford. Soon only the extremely wealthy will be able to live in Sydney City and its surrounding suburbs.

It was a robust meeting, with time given to all to have a say. A Charter (email us for a copy—see contact details below) was adopted and the next meeting will plan actions.

Loud Fences in Glebe

Glebe’s Bidura House and Royleston stir up strong feelings.  Decades have passed since they ceased operating as homes for children taken into care by the State, but the hurt continues.

On 12 March, people gathered on the footpath outside Bidura. They tied dozens of bright ribbons on its front fence and signs declaring ‘No More Silence.’ The same was done at Royleston.

This was the Sydney launch of a campaign across cities from Rome to Ballarat, the Loud Fence Campaign in memory of victims and in support of survivors of childhood abuse in institutional care.

Sadly, just two days later, neighbours of Bidura woke to find the signs and ribbons cut down and strewn over the footpath.

Witnesses had seen a man harassing two women at the launch event. Was this his doing? Concerned residents phoned the security firm that patrols Bidura, but were told the firm’s job is to secure the buildings, not the fence.

Family and Community Services lease Bidura House. A spokesperson says they have no means of keeping watch after hours.

You could have heard a pin drop.

 

Glebe Residents Recognised

John Dengate, one of Australia’s most important folk singers, longtime Glebe resident, has been recognised posthumously by having a street named after him — Dengate Crescent in the suburb of Moncrieff, ACT.**

Gay Maley, Glebe resident and member of the Hands off Glebe committee is one of the greats of 1978 – the people who withstood massive police brutality at the first Mardi Gras in Sydney. We thank those brave people who withstood massive pressure to teach us a crucial lesson in tolerance.

 

Future Directions

NSW Government War on Public Housing

The NSW Government has announced a new policy on public housing called Future Directions. It is a ten year plan to privatise public property and public land and to allow the government to get rid of its responsibilities for public housing.

It is theft of public property to benefit developers and construction companies which will destroy communities and forcibly relocate public housing tenants.

Under Future Directions public housing estates will be bulldozed and handed over to private developers to rebuild with 70% private tenants and homeowners and 30% social housing tenants.

However the government says it will “aim for a 70:30 ratio of private to social housing”. So housing estates may be bulldozed and rebuilt by a private developer with no public housing at all.

And with only 30% public housing where it was 100% before, how can the government claim it will provide more public housing?

The government will start the process of getting rid of its responsibility to provide public housing by transferring 35% of public housing to community housing providers.

The Baird Government intends to increase private rental subsidies by 60% by 2025. This is intended to undermine public housing by pushing tenants into the insecure and extremely expensive private rental market – which many can’t afford even with a subsidy.

Future Directions introduces a bond of up to $1,400 for new public housing tenants. This can be paid over 3 years but where can most public housing tenants get this kind of money? The proposal will just increase the barriers faced by most disadvantaged families in our community.

 

 

Time for Unity

The Glebe Grapevine and Hands off Glebe Inc work to represent the interests of all of Glebe — not one end or the other but the whole of our suburb.

Glebe is under attack from greed and overdevelopment and the threat comes from the same enemy regardless of whether you live on the Glebe Estate or down at the point.

The beautiful heritage building Bidura was sold for $33 million to a private developer. The Glebe Grapevine objected to the sale and later ran a postcard campaign protesting against the planned overdevelopment overshadowing Bidura and wringing every conceivable dollar out of this precious site to the detriment of its beauty, heritage values, the nearby residents and the district.

Meanwhile, at the other end of Glebe, at Cowper Street public housing was destroyed and public land sold off. Public housing to be built on a small part of the site is largely inappropriate for elderly people who are destined to live in the tower blocks.

Cowper Street is just round the corner from a large number of people sleeping rough. Homelessness is growing yet the Baird Government is hell bent on privatising public housing. This is amazing callousness.

What unites these two issues?

The dominant theme here is that developers matter but residents do not. Money matters but humanity does not.

It is called greed, looking after the Government’s developer mates. It is called neo-liberalism — government hand outs for the wealthy and user pays for everyone else. This monster has a name and its name is Baird and his Liberal Government.

Since there is unity in the attack, our resistance should be united.

Glebe should continue to be for people from all walks of life and not just a few who happen to have huge disposable assets.

Let’s campaign together — owner occupiers, private housing tenants and public housing tenants united.

**

DENGATE CRESCENT, MONCRIEFF, ACT

GUNGAHLIN DISTRICT

The theme for Moncrieff is musicians and those associated with the field of music.

This Determination from Placenames, ACT Govt notifies of the following road names:

Dengate Crescent

Dulcie Holland Crescent

Jimmy Little Street

Schneider Lane

The selected names represent musicians and/or singers who have made a notable contribution to Australia in their respective fields of music.

John Dengate  1938-2013. Traditional folksinger and writer.

Resident of Glebe 1964-2013

For over sixty years, John  Dengate wrote songs and poetry about life in Australia . His performances reflected his deep interest in history, his humanity, his sense of humour and his irreverence. Most of these dealt with the political situation of the day and used the Australian idiom . Many used irony or were in satirical vein. John also wrote songs of deep compassion about his family and everyday Australians who battle through life.  He was best known for the performance of his songs of political comment at Folk Festival or playing traditional Australian tunes around the streets of Sydney. Because of the vast number of songs recorded  for the National Library archives and his contribution to Australian traditional music, John was called a ‘’national treasure’ when being introduced at folk festivals around Australia and even at Old Parliament House, in Canberra.

His books: My Shout and My Shout Again and John Shouts All the Way, sold out and have become collector’s items. His early songs, which were included on recordings with the Bush Music Club and Rebel Chorus and The Follies of Pollies; songs About the Australian Way of Strife and a two volume CD  John Dengate: Australian Son have long sold out, but recently a two volume CD  ‘Light Another Fire’  has been made.

This CD is dedicated to Henry Lawson and John Dengate, by Chloe and Jason Roweth. It  is available for purchase / download online from the Roweth’s website www.rowethmusic.com.au. Cost is $40 plus postage.

Further details:

Master of dissent: the music of John Dengate  by Tony Smith.   ABN: 90136 820 661