Pub­lic hous­ing ten­ants con­tact MP with com­plaints

Politi­cian re­veals num­ber of peo­ple writ­ing to his of­fice about main­te­nance is­sues

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

AL­MOST 30 per cent of com­plaints re­ceived by Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla’s of­fice re­late to pub­lic hous­ing. Mr Atalla (pic­tured) told

The Stan­dard 582 com- plaints had been lodged by res­i­dents seek­ing his help on var­i­ous is­sues in the 10 months since he took of­fice.

Of those, 28 per cent re­lated to hous­ing.

“The ma­jor­ity of those com­plaints are about a lack of main­te­nance,” he said.

The Stan­dard con­tacted So­cial Hous­ing Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard’s of­fice but was re­ferred to Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices.

“The num­ber of prop­er­ties un­der­go­ing main­te­nance in any lo­ca­tion varies on a weekly ba­sis,” a FACS spokes­woman said.

“FACS rou­tinely car­ries out main­te­nance ... to keep its prop­er­ties in good con­di­tion and to en­sure con­sis­tent main­te­nance stan­dards across the state.

“For re­spon­sive and im- me­di­ate main­te­nance re­quests, works are pri­ori­tised de­pend­ing on the na­ture and ur­gency of the work, and vary from four hours to 20 work­ing days for work to be un­der­taken.”

Ten­ants can re­port is­sues on 1300 468 746.

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