Public Housing – on the up and up and up! Public Housing – on the up and up and up!
More than bricks and mortar: Robyn’s Reflections More than bricks and mortar: Robyn’s Reflections
What is affordable housing and why do we need it? What is affordable housing and why do we need it?
Communities Plus – something old something new Communities Plus – something old something new
Civil Society Social Mix and the Challenges in Creating It

Social Mix and the Challenges in Creating It

Urban planners and government policy makers often advocate having a social mix within a particular spatially defined area, such as in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of public housing. Kathy Arthurson looks at the theory and practice of social mix.

Community Sector Can the people problems be fixed by estate redevelopment?

Can the people problems be fixed by estate redevelopment?

Estate renewal and housing mix is portrayed by government as a fix-all for public housing estates. Geoff Turnbull asks can new buildings alone really address the problems created when government place people with higher and higher needs into public housing without the wrap around human services necessary for them to keep their tenancies and address their issues.

Health Reducing redevelopment impact on health and wellbeing

Reducing redevelopment impact on health and wellbeing

No matter who you are or how you will be affected, the redevelopment of Waterloo will present personal and community challenges explains Elizabeth Harris.

Research Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW – Is it good policy?

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW – Is it good policy?

The redevelopment of public housing estates and the management of tenants will take place within the context of the recently released Future Directions policy. Peter Phibbs while acknowledging the importance of the policy, also raises some significant concerns.

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Editorial Winter 2016
Editorial / Winter 2016

Editorial Winter 2016

The announcement, just before Christmas 2015, that Waterloo would get a Metro Station coupled with the redevelopment of their public housing estate has created much anxiety among public tenants. Six months after the announcement tenants know little more about the earlier studies, the proposal put to cabinet, the work being undertaken by consultants or the implications for their community.

Public Housing – on the up and up and up!
Housing / Urban Development / Winter 2016

Public Housing – on the up and up and up!

The redevelopment of large public housing estates has until now been focused away from the inner city. Redevelopment is now going high-rise, raising many new issues under the government’s Future Directions policy. Geoff Turnbull explores what is driving the Waterloo and Ivanhoe redevelopments.

More than bricks and mortar: Robyn’s Reflections
Community Development / Housing / Winter 2016

More than bricks and mortar: Robyn’s Reflections

Redevelopment of public housing in NSW is not new. While the proposed redevelopments of Waterloo and Ivanhoe might be high-rise, public housing communities can learn a lot from what has happened in earlier estate renewals. Julie Foreman spoke to Robyn Stafford about her experience at Minto.

Public Participation – Summer 1993-94
Community Engagement / From the Vault / Winter 2016

Public Participation – Summer 1993-94

It is nice to know that public participation was fashionable in the summer of 1993/4 as recorded by Inner Voice. Twenty plus years on, with Westconnex and little dialogue with communities about urban renewal, it feels like the participation pendulum has swung to the other extreme.

Reducing redevelopment impact on health and wellbeing
Health / Urban Development / Winter 2016

Reducing redevelopment impact on health and wellbeing

No matter who you are or how you will be affected, the redevelopment of Waterloo will present personal and community challenges explains Elizabeth Harris.

Can the people problems be fixed by estate redevelopment?
Community Sector / Health / Winter 2016

Can the people problems be fixed by estate redevelopment?

Estate renewal and housing mix is portrayed by government as a fix-all for public housing estates. Geoff Turnbull asks can new buildings alone really address the problems created when government place people with higher and higher needs into public housing without the wrap around human services necessary for them to keep their tenancies and address their issues.

Five key changes to social housing laws
Housing / Judicial System / Winter 2016

Five key changes to social housing laws

Anti-social behaviour and how to tackle it has been a contentious issue in public housing. On one side is people’s right to “quiet enjoyment” of their tenancies and on the other side people with high and complex needs are allocated housing without adequate support to help maintain their tenancies. The Tenants’ Union NSW explains the three strikes process that can lead to mandatory termination.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW – Is it good policy?
Housing / Research / Winter 2016

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW – Is it good policy?

The redevelopment of public housing estates and the management of tenants will take place within the context of the recently released Future Directions policy. Peter Phibbs while acknowledging the importance of the policy, also raises some significant concerns.

Social Mix and the Challenges in Creating It
Civil Society / Housing / Winter 2016

Social Mix and the Challenges in Creating It

Urban planners and government policy makers often advocate having a social mix within a particular spatially defined area, such as in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of public housing. Kathy Arthurson looks at the theory and practice of social mix.

Is community housing set to feature in Waterloo Estate Rebuild?
Housing / Winter 2016

Is community housing set to feature in Waterloo Estate Rebuild?

An important community housing input to the Waterloo Estate Renewal project looks likely. Hal Pawson explains that in replacing the estate’s rundown public housing, a community housing organisation may be brought in to manage the newly built low rent properties.