leaflet no 3

Hands Off Glebe!

Protect our Community in Elger,Stirling, Cowper, Wentworth and Bay Streets!

 

We are calling on all residents of Glebe be they public tenants, private owners or private tenants to come out in support of public housing.

 

The Elger St Development is nothing but a con forced on us by a thoughtless and careless NSW State Government, we need MORE not less public housing.

 

The NSW Department of Housing is planning to get rid of public land and sell it to commercial and private interests for profit not for the good of our community.

 

We do not have to take it! Resist and protest and join with us. In recent months the residents ofNewtownrejected the reclamation of their homes by State Rail and were successful. We can do the same.

 

Who is next?

If we stand idly by and allow the Government to destroy perfectly good houses what will happen when the Government and developers come for your house?

 

Let’s look at the Dept of Housing handiwork. These homes opposite Redfern Oval have been surrounded with a fence and left to vandals to destroy while the city is crying out for more housing.

 

When asked the Dept of Housing replied they did not have approval for anything but they were still kicking people out of their homes by Xmas! Is this the fate of our Glebe houses? They have no plans except to get people out!

 

The Government claims that it is building better housing for public tenants, but the new units will be inferior to the existing units

Less access to light and ventilation with most bathroom fully

 

  • Less access to light and ventilation with most bathroom fully enclosed
  • Smaller units
  • No gardens or areas to dry washing
  • Overshadowing of units and open space on the site
  • Combined living, dining and kitchen even in 2 bedroom units
  • No parking for public tenants

The Government claims there will be more public housing in Cowper Street, but is this true?

  • There will be about 30 more social housing units but these won’t house more tenants. This is because most units in the proposed development will be 1 bedroom units. Only 40% will be 2 bedroom units. The existing units are a mix of studio units, 2 bedroom units and 3 bedroom units.

The Government claims the new units will ‘integrate’ public and private development

  • The private & affordable units will be built on the Bay, Wentworth andCowper Streetfrontages. The Social Housing component will be built at the southern end of the site frontingElger Street. Guess which parts will get the best sunlight and views?
  • ‘Integration’ is just another word for pushing public tenants out of Glebe.

 

Broken Promises!

  • In the mid 1980s the Federal Government gave the Glebe Estate to the NSW State Government. At the time the Minister said:

 

‘The Federal Government will ensure that the New South Wales Government pursues the original objectives of rehabilitating and preserving the historic townscape and protecting the low income community.’

(Chris Hurford, Minister for Housing & Construction, letter to tenants 12 September 1984.)

 

Some Historical background

These homes were built for public tenants in the 1950’s in an effort to house the people ofSydneywhen far sighted forefathers were aware of social need. They did a fantastic job. This contrasts to today where the ALP state and federal Governments are hell bent on privatising hard won land and facilities for the public. These Governments are more concerned with the big end of town rather the ordinary people.

 

What they are doing now will undo their good work by transforming the character of the built environment and the nature of the community who live here. High rise development is not appropriate in Glebe. It will dwarf surrounding development and overshadow it. The fourfold increase in density of development will create a slum and will increase traffic and parking problems in the area. The Department of Housing plans to extendElger StreetintoBay Streetand permit two way traffic fromBay Street, channelling traffic through the back streets of Glebe.

Hands Off Glebe call on the Federal and NSW State Governments to:

  • abandon the proposed demolition of public housing flats in Glebe;
  • abandon the proposed construction of public housing in Glebe as high rise high density development,
  • pursue the original objectives of the Glebe Estate namely the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic townscape of Glebe and the protection of its low income community.
  • divert funds allocated to the above proposals to the expansion and improvement of public housing stocks through infill development and maintaining and where required upgrading existing housing stock.

 

 

 

 

Leaflet number 2

Hands Off Glebe!

Protect our Community in Elger,Stirling, Cowper, Wentworth and Bay Streets!

 

We are calling on all residents of Glebe be they public tenants, private owners or private tenants to come out in support of public housing.

 

The Elger St Development is nothing but a con forced on us by a thoughtless and careless NSW State Government, we need MORE not less public housing.

 

The NSW Department of Housing is planning to get rid of public land and sell it to commercial and private interests for profit not for the good of our community.

 

We do not have to take it! Resist and protest and join with us. In recent months the residents ofNewtownrejected the reclamation of their homes by State Rail and were successful. We can do the same.

 

Who is next?

If we stand idly by and allow the Government to destroy perfectly good houses what will happen when the Government and developers come for your house?

 

Let’s look at the Dept of Housing handiwork. These homes opposite Redfern Oval have been surrounded with a fence and left to vandals to destroy while the city is crying out for more housing.

 

When asked the Dept of Housing replied they did not have approval for anything but they were still kicking people out of their homes by Xmas! Is this the fate of our Glebe houses? They have no plans except to get people out!

 

The Government claims that it is building better housing for public tenants, but the new units will be inferior to the existing units

Less access to light and ventilation with most bathroom fully

 

  • Less access to light and ventilation with most bathroom fully enclosed
  • Smaller units
  • No gardens or areas to dry washing
  • Overshadowing of units and open space on the site
  • Combined living, dining and kitchen even in 2 bedroom units
  • No parking for public tenants

The Government claims there will be more public housing in Cowper Street, but is this true?

  • There will be about 30 more social housing units but these won’t house more tenants. This is because most units in the proposed development will be 1 bedroom units. Only 40% will be 2 bedroom units. The existing units are a mix of studio units, 2 bedroom units and 3 bedroom units.

The Government claims the new units will ‘integrate’ public and private development

  • The private & affordable units will be built on the Bay, Wentworth andCowper Streetfrontages. The Social Housing component will be built at the southern end of the site frontingElger Street. Guess which parts will get the best sunlight and views?
  • ‘Integration’ is just another word for pushing public tenants out of Glebe.

 

Broken Promises!

  • In the mid 1980s the Federal Government gave the Glebe Estate to the NSW State Government. At the time the Minister said:

 

‘The Federal Government will ensure that the New South Wales Government pursues the original objectives of rehabilitating and preserving the historic townscape and protecting the low income community.’

(Chris Hurford, Minister for Housing & Construction, letter to tenants 12 September 1984.)

 

Some Historical background

These homes were built for public tenants in the 1950’s in an effort to house the people ofSydneywhen far sighted forefathers were aware of social need. They did a fantastic job. This contrasts to today where the ALP state and federal Governments are hell bent on privatising hard won land and facilities for the public. These Governments are more concerned with the big end of town rather the ordinary people.

 

What they are doing now will undo their good work by transforming the character of the built environment and the nature of the community who live here. High rise development is not appropriate in Glebe. It will dwarf surrounding development and overshadow it. The fourfold increase in density of development will create a slum and will increase traffic and parking problems in the area. The Department of Housing plans to extendElger StreetintoBay Streetand permit two way traffic fromBay Street, channelling traffic through the back streets of Glebe.

Hands Off Glebe call on the Federal and NSW State Governments to:

  • abandon the proposed demolition of public housing flats in Glebe;
  • abandon the proposed construction of public housing in Glebe as high rise high density development,
  • pursue the original objectives of the Glebe Estate namely the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic townscape of Glebe and the protection of its low income community.
  • divert funds allocated to the above proposals to the expansion and improvement of public housing stocks through infill development and maintaining and where required upgrading existing housing stock.

 

 

 

 

Leaflet Text 2010

Houses in Leamington Ave Newtown were due for demolition to make way for a State Rail project.

This was stopped by a concerted campaign by residents and their supporters!

We can do the same!

We are calling on all residents of Glebe whether they are private owners or private tenants or public tenant to join us to save houses.

If they can ride over public tenants without regard for the community then they can do it anywhere and who will be next?

Join us to save the houses of Cowper St. Glebe.

THEY DID IT IN NEWTOWN. WE CAN DO IT IN GLEBE

The NSW Department of Housing is proposing the redevelopment of a housing estate in Glebe bounded by Wentworth Street, Bay Street, Cowper Street, and the rear of premises on Queen Street, on which are situated 129 flats occupied by Department of Housing.

Map of the site?

Why Are We Concerned?

The proposal threatens the uniqueness of the area’s largely intact medium density residential neighbourhood close to the CBD. Unlike other suburbs close to the CBD, containing mixed use areas with high density development, the Glebe Estate has been consistently used and occupied as low income residential housing for about 140 years.

According to the Department of Housing, the “robust but utilitarian” flats no longer meet the needs of its clients. The Department says that tenants are better served by smaller units(!?!).

Local, State and Federal Governments see the proposal as a convenient way to reach housing targets but where is their concern for the disadvantages to the local community?

Disadvantage:

  • Public land in the hands of private developers
  • Tenants thrown out of their homes: their social and support networks disrupted, their lives dislocated
  • Demolition of well-built and useful housing
  • Removal of well-established vegetation, including many mature trees
  • Green light to very large development with attendant social problems
  • Overshadowing of open space and surrounding houses by multi-storey (6-10 storeys high) development
  • Four-fold increase in housing density – a blight on an area with a consistent and moderate housing density
  • Traffic and parking problems: In an area already facing traffic congestion, the proposal to extend Elgar St to Bay St and to realign Phillip St will only help “rat runners” and will not improve traffic problems suffered by residents in the area
  • Does not address the crisis of affordable housing the two Housing Ministers say it does.

 

The latest information

The Department of Housing is planning to have everyone moved out by December 2010. The plans are not going on display for another month and the project is proceeding at pace to prevent questions being asked like the ones from Hands off Glebe.

They will not release accurate information on where they are going to situate the buildings and how many people will be jammed into that confined space.

But as always they are making room for shops and private business at the expense of the housing commission tenants of Cowper St.

Hands Off Glebe! Contact the State Government

The proposed redevelopment is the brainchild of the State Labor Government. We all know that the ALP State Government is heading for a disastrous election in March 2011, if this development goes ahead you need to tell them that they will further alienate you and you will be looking to put your vote elsewhere.

Verity Firth’s office is at 112A Glebe Point Road. She invites people to drop in between 9am – 5pm. Her telephone number is 9660 7586, and her Email is balmain@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Frank Terenzini State Housing Minister can be contacted on 9228 3777.Email: frank@terenzini.minister.nsw.gov.au

Hands Off Glebe! The Sydney City Council

Sydney City Council is preparing planning instruments to allow the proposal to go ahead. Tell the Mayor and Councillors what you think this proposal will do to the area and the community:

Clover Moore (Mayor) 9265 9229

Email: cmoore@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Chris Harris (Greens) 0407 469 384 chris@chrisharris.org.au

If you’d like to help make sure that private developers keep their HANDS OFF GLEBE, please email: handsoffglebe@gmail.com