Glebe Social Housing Meeting

(11am, Thursday 13 June 2013, Glebe Youth Services)

Hello, everyone, welcome to our meeting. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.

I'd like to bring you up-to-date on what's been happening since our last meeting, and what is coming up in your area over the next few months.


The Glebe Area Tenants' Group meets at midday on the last Monday of every month at the Old Fire Station in Mitchell Street.

Other activities held at the station include the Have a Chat Café; the Computer Club; Wheelie Warriors food distribution, and there are also the weekly outreach services held by Housing NSW.

The Glebe Community Development Project continues to put out regular newsletters and provide support for a range of community groups, including:

  • The Forest Lodge and Glebe Groups recent annual networking lunch
  • The annual Mitchell Street Fete
  • Supporting tenants in Joanna O'Dea and
  • Planning for NAIDOC events in the first week of this coming July


Glebe Youth Service has been working with local organisations to develop a joint approach to crime prevention. The City funds the Youth Services to continue their After Dark program for young people at night. The Glebe Youth Services also run a whole range of activities and services during the day, and they work closely with the City's own Youth Services.

The After-Dark program has been running on Friday and Saturday nights since 2008. It provides a safe place where young people can have a healthy meal and be offered various support services, as well as recreation and sport activities and training in life skills. In the year to March, the program looked after 3,032 young people - or 42 people a night.

Girlzone and Boyzone programs are held at the Peter Forsythe auditorium every Tuesday from 3-6pm.

These are for the 12-24 year old age group. It's a free program which aims to promote healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, confidence and employment opportunities. It offers rock climbing, gym training, hip-hop classes and various excursions as well.


The Glebe Pathways Project is an alternative education program for young people who have dipped out of the mainstream school system. The project continues to go from strength to strength, and recently secured on-going funding. The City continues our support for it through the Alternative Education Network.


Our opening event for the refurbished Glebe Town Hall was a great success, and was supported by local businesses. Both the Glebe Community Development Project and the Glebe Early Childhood Health Centre will be moving into the Town Hall quite soon. The co-location of the Glebe Neighbourhood Service Centre with the Glebe Library has been a great success.


There are a number of events planned at the Library. These include:

  • The Youth off the Streets education program - a book-binding session on Tuesday June 4 from 1.15 to 2.45 pm
  • For NAIDOC Week, "Black Screen - Here I am" on Tuesday July 9, from 12 to 1.30pm
  • Also for NAIDOC Week Bush Tucker talk for families with Jess Sinot on Wednesday July 10, from 11am to noon
  • The NAIDOC Week exhibition will be held throughout July
  • Art Activity for 8-12 year old on Tuesdays from 4pm to 4.45
  • Rhyme Time for babies up to two years old from 9.30 to 9.55am
  • Rock 'n Rhyme for 2-3 year olds on Tuesdays from 10-10.25am and
  • Story Time for 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays from 11-11.45am.
  • I also want you to know that City staff will be collecting pre-knitted squares for Wrap with Love throughout May, June and July.

LATE NIGHT LIBRARY in July and August

The following events will be held at Glebe Library:

  • The Humming Birds, which is a female Acapella Quartet on Wednesday July 3
  • Teranga - Introducing the musical traditions of West Africa on Wednesday July 31
  • NAISDA Dance College Aboriginal troupe on Wednesday August 28

For more information about Library activities, drop in or contact Carolyn Tweedie


A new edition of Growing Older and Living Dangerously - GOLD - is available and programs continue to operate at both Benledi House next to the Library on Glebe Point Road, and at the St Helen's Community Centre.


The Elger and Cowper Street redevelopment site has remained vacant for almost two years since its demolition. The community is concerned that they've been given no updates on plans for much-needed social and affordable housing.

Community leaders are also concerned by the division of Housing NSW between Family and Community Services and Finance and Services. This split is reportedly having adverse effects on the management of properties and on maintenance.


The City and Housing NSW continue to meet bi-monthly to collaborate on a range of issues, including community safety, alcohol management, improving waste and recycling and improving communication. The City is also meeting quarterly with the Land & Housing Corporation (that is, the asset part of Housing) about more strategic, planning and redevelopment issues.


There are some Egyptian-themed events planned including "Walk like an Egyptian - Jewellery Making with Zara Collins on Tuesday July 9, from 11am till noon.

There's also Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians Egyptology talk with Dr Craig Barker, aimed at children six years and up, also on July 9 from 2pm until 3.

Thank you all for coming here today and I hope you'll all get involved in at least some of these activities.