Monday, June 24, 2013

South Randwick Redevelopment Developments

The Anzac Parade South Urban Activation Precinct (UAP) was recently announced by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure. The UAP aims to revitalise existing areas to deliver homes, jobs and infrastructure.
Maroubra Junction, intersection of Anzac Parade and Maroubra Road ©Department of Planning and Infrastructure

The result of the process will be a proposed rezoning for some of the precinct. This may include medium or high density apartments within an easy walk of public transport.

Housing NSW have provided an update on what may or may not happen to 2,500 social housing dwellings in the UAP over the next 20 years. Read more what they say on a factsheet here.

Yes, it is important that governments and communities plan for the future.  However, it often seems to us at the TU that governments seem to take a much more detailed interest in the lives and homes of its citizens in social housing than other citizens.

While no one can argue with the need for appropriate development and increased housing, we hope the government agencies involved don't forget that research demonstrates the disturbing effects that dislocation can have for people living with disadvantage, the elderly and those on very low incomes.  The experts on these impacts are the members of the communities effected, whether that is Randwick, Minto, Airds, Erskinville or Riverwood.  We should all remember to listen to them.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Erskineville: the redevelopment that wasn't

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.