Glebe Public Housing Meeting

(10.30am 19 July 2012, Glebe Youth Centre, Glebe Point Road)

Hello, everyone, welcome to the Glebe tenants' meeting. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nationalities who live in our city.

I'd also like to welcome Michael Modder of Housing NSW, Sargeant Jemima Howe, Crime Prevention Officer of Leichhardt Local Area Command.

Also here today from City of Sydney are:

  • Dominic Grenot, Community Liaison Officer
  • Elena King, Companion Animals Liaison Officer
  • John Maynard, Senior Project Coordinator Safe Cit;
  • Debbie- Anne Evans, Manager Neighbourhood Services and
  • Ciara O'Riordan from my Town Hall Office.

This is our opportunity to report back to you on all that has happened since our last meeting which was in June last year, and for you to raise any concerns that you might have.

I want to alert all pet owners that the fifth annual Pet Day will be held in Ward Park and the North Community Centre in Surry Hills on Saturday September 15, from 11am to 3pm. There will be free health checks for your pet, information and advice. Transport will be available and reminder flyers will come out in August.

The Glebe Area Tenants' Group meets on the last Monday of each month in the Told Fire Station in Mitchell Street from 1pm.

The Fire Station hosts other activities including Have a Chat Café; the Computer Club and the Wheelie Warriors food distribution.

I hope you all enjoyed NAIDOC Week, held during the first week of July. Glebe led the way with some terrific events co-ordinated through Tranby College, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Glebe Primary School, Glebe Society, Glebe Youth Services, local residents and agencies.

October is International Mental Health Month, with International Mental Health Day falling on Wednesday October 10, and a number of events are being planned. More detailed information will be distributed closer to the time.

Also in October a number of Good Neighbourhood BBQs will be held, so I hope you will be able to get to those.

At the recent Coalition of Glebe Groups' meeting on June 20, Housing NSW's Area Director, Clive Bradshaw, spoke about the delays on the Elger and Cowper Street redevelopment and also about the division of Housing NSW between two departments - Family and Community Services, and Finance and Services.

The City recently extended our funding for this organisation so that it can continue its After Dark program for young people. This has been a fantastic service, providing positive night-time activities for young people in Glebe.

Other services include Girlszone and Boyzone programs, held every Tuesday from 3pm-6pm in partnership with Glebe Youth Service. These programs are aimed at people aged 12-14 years and are based at the Peter Forsyth auditorium and Glebe Youth Service. They promote healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, confidence, and employment, and include events and activities such as rock climbing, gym visits, hip hop and excursions. And it's worth noting the programs are free.

The Peter Forsyth Auditorium is also the venue for the basketball skills workshops, held every Friday for 12-24 year olds, and run by a former professional basketball player, Wayne McDaniel. Young people learn focus and concentration and develop greater self-esteem as they mater the skills, at the same time developing social skills and the co-operation required for team sports.

The Glebe Pathways Project is an alternative education program for young people who have not prospered in the mainstream school system. The City supports this project through the Alternative Education Network, and provide a person to help with multi-media projects and evaluation. The NSW of Education is providing further funding for this project.

A new edition of Growing Older and Living Dangerously - the GOLD booklet - is now available for over 55s.

The upgrade of Glebe Town Hall is continuing, and it will be opened later this year.

The City and Housing NSW meet each month to collaborate on issues including community safety, crime prevention, alcohol management, upgrades to parks and public spaces, improving waste and recycling, and improving communication between residents, Housing NSW and the City.

So thank you all for being here, and now I'd like to hand over to Michael Modder.