When the NSW State Government first embarked on large scale public housing estate redevelopments back in 2002, two estates were first on the block: Minto and Erskineville.
The long, continuing saga of the redevelopment of Minto is a tale for another day (or days). The tale of Erskineville is very different: here the proposed redevelopment was stopped in its tracks by tenants and neighbouring residents who wouldn't accept the loss of this quiet, green, historic patch of the inner-west, and who convinced the NSW State Government to change its mind.
The 'Save Erko Estate' campaign is the subject of a documentary film, an excerpt of which appears below – or you can watch the entire film online.
Also check out the Saving Erko Estate page at Groundswell Coalition.