Summer 2013-14

Director General: Public Housing Challenges
Housing / Summer 2013-14

Director General: Public Housing Challenges

Michael Coutts-Trotter has come from the NSW Department of Finance and Services to be the Director General of Family and Community Services (FaCS). His move coincided with the same move by the Land and Housing Corporation (the owner of public housing) joining Housing NSW within FaCS. Here, Mr Coutts-Trotter reflects […]

Engaging With Communities: Something’s Not Right
Community Engagement / Summer 2013-14

Engaging With Communities: Something’s Not Right

Having engaged with communities on government policy reform and land use planning for about 25 years, Roberta Ryan thinks it’s time to raise a different perspective.

Providing disability services is not necessarily straightforward
Disability Services / HACC / Health / Summer 2013-14

NSW Disability Reform: In Context

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW commenced on 1 July 2013 with a three year ‘launch’ in the Hunter region. The scheme is due to be mainstreamed by 2018.

Pyrmont Ultimo - (C) Elizabeth Elenius
Environment / Summer 2013-14 / Transport / Urban Development

The Pyrmont and Ultimo Experience

Planning for urban growth is big news at the moment. The Government is forging ahead with its new planning legislation, its Metro Sydney Strategy and new transport system, not to mention changes to the Local Government Act. Its objective is to streamline the planning system to enable massive new developments in identified growth centres throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, including inner Sydney. It is therefore timely, to look back over twenty years of urban consolidation in Pyrmont and Ultimo, now the densest urban area in Australia.

Inner Voice December / January 1981 article on Waterloo - the film that took 3 years to make
Community Sector / Environment / From the Vault / Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Review: Waterloo the Film – from Inner Voice 1981

In 2008 I watched Waterloo, a documentary by filmmaker Tom Zubrycki, and I was left wondering why I’d not taken the time to watch before. “Waterloo” is an historical account of the 1970s battle by residents of this inner Sydney suburb of Waterloo to save the area from ‘slum clearance’ and redevelopment by the old Housing Commission.

A long time coming: sketch design for Redfern Station with offices from 1946
Community Engagement / Community Sector / Summer 2013-14 / Transport

Lift Redfern: The Art of Conversation

One of the co-cordinators and strategists for the Lift Redfern: Make Redfern Station Accessible campaign, Michael Chapman writes on applying ‘common ground’ team building strategies in engaging a range of disparate communities and individuals to work on a project for the shared benefit of all in the Redfern, Waterloo, Darlington, Eveleigh and Alexandria area.

Statistics: Keeping Up With Change
Community Sector / Research / Summer 2013-14

Statistics: Keeping Up With Change

Every four years the census people come knocking on our doors and we fill in the census questions. In the back of our minds we know it must be useful for someone but probably don’t think about how we might use the information ourselves.

Caught Between The Rocks And A Hard Place
Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Caught Between The Rocks And A Hard Place

With public housing in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks again under threat of sale a group of interested locals formed a group called CoRE following a community meeting. They undertook a detailed investigation of the options for saving the areas historic public housing. The study by Freya Bundey entitled Millers Point, Dawes Point & The Rocks: Living communities presented two options to a community meeting in September 2013. Below is an edited version of the report which raises a number of issues relevant to the broader public housing community in the inner city.

Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Director General: Public Housing Challenges

Michael Coutts-Trotter has come from the NSW Department of Finance and Services to be the Director General of Family and Community Services (FaCS). His move coincided with the same move by the Land and Housing Corporation (the owner of public housing) joining Housing NSW within FaCS. Here, Mr Coutts-Trotter reflects on the housing challenges and describes redeveloping higher value public housing as the one big lever to pull to be able to invest in social housing.

Homelessness / Housing / Summer 2013-14 / Urban Development

Public Housing in Decline

A study by the NSW Auditor General recently concluded that the limited resources available to the NSW social housing system mean that it is only capable of meeting 44% of actual need.