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Investment needed in Aboriginal and social housing

The Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign has renewed its call for Aboriginal housing and employment in Waterloo South saying the government has “no commitment to affordable housing for the Aboriginal community that has long called this area home”.

The campaign is asking people to head to its website, sign its petition, call your local MP and follow the campaign on Facebook and Instagram for messages about the campaign from local MPs and organisations. In short, they want everyone to support the push to keep Aboriginal people in Redfern and Waterloo.

Council recently met with some resident groups to explain its planning role for LAHC sites in Waterloo, Eveleigh and Glebe. Glebe community groups were very vocal about the impacts, asking why these government sites are delivering private housing on government land when there is a great need for social and affordable housing.

In the ten years to 2013, NSW sold on average 2.5 public housing units a day to keep LAHC running. Communities Plus replaced that with renewal, selling off 70 per cent of redevelopments. To increase social housing, government has to rediscover investing directly in new social and affordable housing rather than expecting a market-driven solution to solve market failures.

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