Public housing issues need fixing
A COMMUNITY group has called on Mosman Park Council to find longterm solutions to alleged criminal and antisocial behaviour associated with Housing Authority units on Wellington Street.
At a council meeting held last month, Safety for Mosman Park convenor and real estate agent Gill Vivian said there was a large concentration of Housing Authority units at that end of town and she hoped some could be removed.
Last year, a spate of petty crimes in Mosman Park and adjoining suburbs, including incidents at the units, caused the group to form.
It prompted meetings between police, the council and the Housing Authority.
Some tenants were moved on or charged, the units were tidied and police successfully targeted the area.
“The police are doing their job, and it’s a lot quieter,” Ms Vivian said.
Chief executive Mark Goodlet said the council had met with the Housing Authority and discussed long-term solutions to Wellington Street last year.
Mr Goodlet said the council and authority had waited for the result of the state election and the council was now looking for the authority to return to talks.
Housing Authority service delivery general manager Greg Cash said redevelopment of the units had been “very briefly” discussed with the council.
“This would be a long-term project and will be reliant on negotiations with the Town of Mosman Park over town planning and zoning processes to ensure that the optimum housing and development outcomes can be achieved,” Mr Cash said.