Op­po­si­tion blasts govt’s homes plan

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE NSW Op­po­si­tion has slammed the State Govern­ment’s new so­cial hous­ing plan that was re­vealed last week.

Un­der the plan, thou­sands of ex­ist­ing so­cial hous­ing dwellings will be de­mol­ished and sold to pri­vate de­vel­op­ers to re­build mixed pri­vate and so­cial hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

But the Op­po­si­tion states the govern­ment has not in­cluded any af­ford­able hous­ing tar­gets for th­ese de­vel­op­ments, and will force thou­sands of so­cial hous­ing ten­ants into the pri­vate mar­ket.

Op­po­si­tion so­cial hous­ing spokes­woman Ta­nia Mi­hailuk said the plan was un­re­li­able and un­af­ford­able.

“Once again this govern­ment is putting prof­its be­fore peo­ple. This is go­ing to be open slather for real es­tate de­vel­op­ers and in­vestors at the ex­pense of the less for­tu­nate” Mrs Mi­hailuk said.

“The plan fails to ad­dress the acute need for more af­ford­able hous­ing at a time when there are more than 60,000 ap­pli­cants on the so­cial hous­ing wait­ing list.”

The Op­po­si­tion also slammed the govern­ment’s boast that it will build 23,500 dwellings when the to­tal net gain of ad­di­tional stock will only be 9000 – just 15 per cent of what is needed to re­duce the wait list.

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