Millers Point housing under threat

Millers Point has a proud history as a supportive, socially mixed community, and generations of public housing tenants have called it home.

It's vital that affordable housing in the City be protected and increased. The NSW Government is talking about continuing to sell people's homes in the name of reducing costs.

The area is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in recognition of both its physical and social heritage. It was the first precinct to be entirely listed on the register.

Housing NSW's own Conservation Management Guidelines 2007 describe Millers Point's "unique residential community as a priceless asset of the people of New South Wales and Australia."

Successive Governments have eroded the social and physical heritage of the area through long-term neglect of property maintenance; leaving properties vacant for long periods of time, despite years-long waiting lists for social housing.

Current Housing NSW figures report there are 55,000 people on waiting lists for social housing homes in NSW, with waiting times of anywhere from two to 10 years for suitable home.

Meanwhile neglected houses in Millers Point sit empty. Tenants have said this practice is 'demolition by neglect', forcing low-income tenants out of the area. The local community has rallied to oppose the NSW Government evaluation of housing for sale in the area.

Through the Committee of Residents Elected by Millers Point, Dawes Point and Rocks (CoRE) tenants have a strong, unified voice in the review process.

CoRE has proposed a plan that would allow social housing in Millers Point to remain and allow existing tenants to stay in their homes and community.

By allocating funds from the previous sales of social housing to a registered community housing provider, tenants in Millers Point could form a housing co-operative to maintain and manage social housing.

CoRE's plan is an innovative and practical solution that should be supported by the Housing NSW and the NSW Government.

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