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The Baird government’s plans to redevelop the Waterloo housing estate have stirred up considerable anxiety. The plans raise questions about housing rights and socio-political vision for the area. Maidie Wood and Claire Mahjoub have met with some local residents of Waterloo. This is one of their stories.
WATERLOO: It’s common knowledge that Christmas can be a particularly anxious season for many vulnerable people. The timing of the government’s announcement of plans to redevelop the Waterloo estate, and the means by which those plans have been communicated, strikes many residents and housing representatives as highly insensitive and disrespectful.
Last year, the O’Farrell government announced it will change NSW’s planning laws and has floated a Green Paper (an ideas paper) setting out the direction of the new legislation and asking for comments. Prior to the Green Paper, there was a bipartisan enquiry into planning that made 374 recommendations, including the need for a focus on Environmentally Sustainable Development.
REDFERN: On Tuesday October 23 a community meeting was held at the Redfern Town Hall on the state government’s proposed changes to the planning laws. The meeting was organised by the Better Planning Network (BPN), an affiliation of more than 70 community and environmental groups concerned about the proposals. Around 150 people attended the meeting and were addressed by local councillors and representatives of the BPN.