Please all be at the rally on Aug 3
Councillor Irene Doutney Greens Councillor on City Council visited the leak behind the houses 77-67 Mitchell Street.
She agreed to ask traffic to fix the signs in the lane so that health dept truck can regularly get down that lane and clean it up until HOUSING fix the leak.
She agreed also that the drains engineer should look at the leak in an effort to get the water to run away from the back endurances of homes.
After 12 years this work is still a work in progress.
In very inclement weather we persisted with our rally to defence public housing and to assist where we could with the Save Millers Point campaign. We have uploaded several videos of the demo which you are welcome to view. We were extremely pleased with the turn out.
Note we use triple M to signify March for Maintenance in March
- MMM – beginning
- MMM- Save Millers Pt
- MMM – Jamie Parker MP
- MMM – NSW Opposition Leader
- MMM – Public Housing Tenants speak out
- MMM –Hands off Glebe
- MMM – Wendy from Wollongong
- MMM – Finish
This is our city!
“This is our city and we will not be driven out of it!” declared Denis Doherty from Hands off Glebe to the cheers of about 150 people outside NSW Parliament House demonstrating in support of public housing on 27 March.
Hands off Glebe, a small community group campaigning for public housing, had organised the March for Maintenance which was expanded to include the fight to save Millers Point, a historic Sydney suburb the NSW Liberal Government wants to sell off to the private sector.
Defying constant rain, participants from public housing communities from Millers Point to Wollongong, including Balmain, Glebe, Camperdown, Auburn, Marrickville and other suburbs marched through streets chanting “Defend Public Housing! Save Millers Point!”
The marchers also demanded “No more demolition by neglect”, No more eviction by neglect, and Stop social cleansing of public housing tenants.
There was also a call for Housing NSW to sack Spotless, the maintenance providers which was described as another PPP gone wrong.
Barney from the Millers Point Community Defence Group spoke passionately about the devastating personal and social costs of focibly evicting people from their homes.and called on the crowd to fight to defend public housing throught New South Wales.
Public housing tenant Kelly told how the mould in her home was so bad that she and her daughter are constantly sick.
It’s so bad, I just don’t want to go home,” she said. “I’d rather live on the streets than in that place.”
MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker from the Greens, was warmly welcomed by the demonstrators as he attacked the O’Farrell Government for its greed and callousness in its planned evictions and sell off of heritage properties in Millers Point and The Rocks.
He pointed out that despite having a responsibility to assist the most vulnerable members of our community, the Liberal State Government has continued the failure of the previous Labor Government to adequately fund public housing.
The former Labor government left a maintenance backlog of $330 million and this continues to grow.
The Liberal government has given $300 million to the poker machine industry in tax benefits but says it can’t find any additional funds for public housing.
Jamie Parker delighted the crowd by ending with the story of the Glebe Youth Service where the youth workers were suddenly evicted and the NSW Government said it was too expensive to upgrade fire precautions.
Glebe residents developed a big community campaign to stop it being sold off and the government finally gave in. The GYS is functioning again, showing that determined community action can win.
ALP State Leader John Robertson expressed his concern for the situation of many public housing tenants and said he wanted to hear their stories.
However, there was disappointment when he said Labor would not have treated the Millers Point residents “in the same way” as the Liberals.
Many in the crowd thought this was ambiguous and wanted a clear commitment from Labor that they would rescind the decision to sell off public housing at Millers Point.
Closing the rally, Denis Doherty said: “We must unite to defend and extend public housing otherwise our city will be constructed to suit the needs of the rich and powerful and we will be excluded.
“This is unacceptable. This is our city. We built it and we will keep on fighting to stay here!”
Defend Public Housing Rally at Parliament
A rally to defend public housing and demand better maintenance of public housing homes will be held at Parliament House onThursday 27 March.
The rally will be addressed by representatives of public housing groups at Millers Point, Waterloo, Glebe, Auburn, Camperdown and Balmain as well as Opposition Leader John Robertson and Green MP for Balmain Jamie Parker.
Organised by Hands off Glebe, participants will assemble at the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park North at 11 am. They will then walk to Parliament House for the rally.
For more information, please contact Denis Doherty from Hands off Glebe on 0418 290 663
Visit our website: www.handsoffglebe.org
6 am Thursday 27 March
Community groups unite to demand:
No more social cleansing. Defend public housing
Public housing groups from across Sydney and as far apart as Millers Point and Wollongong are coming together today for a rally at Parliament House to defend public housing and for an end to social cleansing of public housing tenants.
“We want proper maintenance,” said Denis Doherty from Hands off Glebe, the group organising today’s protest.
“We are sick of neglect and lack of care by this heartless government which does not even have a housing minister.
“While tenants suffer in below standard houses and waiting lists grow, the NSW Government is selling off public housing and is $330 million behind in its maintenance load,” Mr Doherty said.
“Speakers at the rally will come from public housing estates across Sydney. They are united in calling for more resources for maintenance and for much more new public housing.
We are also saying no evictions at Millers Point and the Rocks and no more social cleansing of public housing tenants.
Opposition Leader John Robertson has agreed to address the rally which is also supported by Greens MP Jamie Parker and union speakers from the MUA and CFMEU
“A decent home is a human right,” Denis Doherty said. “That’s all we’re asking.”
For more information, contact Denis Doherty from Hands off Glebe on 0418 290 663
Visit our website: www.handsoffglebe.org
On behalf of Hands off Glebe we wish Julie and Laurie a great retirement and hope they will visit us regularly.
We thank Julie for all her help and her many articles for Grapevine, she has been a great support to the group and to all the tenants.
In the photo Marta is handing Julie a present from the Community with Amy Junor (Julie’s replacement) looking on.
Hands off Glebe invites you to our
Saturday 17 August
2 — 4pm
The Old Fire Station
115 Mitchell Street, Glebe
With Jack and Judy Mundey
and Jamie Parker MP
LAUNCH of 50 Ways to Keep Your Fence Up
The Hands off Glebe campaign song and YouTube film which challenges Housing NSW’s shameful neglect of public housing in Glebe
LAUNCH of the Glebe Grapevine
The Hands off Glebe newsletter speaking from and for our community
savoury and sweet nibbles; tea and coffee provided
For details please contact Denis on o418 290 663 or Julie on 0426 503 351
Ring Denis on 0418 290 663 or Julie on 0426 503 351