Public housing tenants contact MP with complaints
Politician reveals number of people writing to his office about maintenance issues
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.