Subi tenants get marching orders
State housing tenants living in the shadow of Subiaco Oval were told this week they would be relocated within 18 months.
Department of Housing officials knocked on the doors of 50 people in public housing in Subiaco Road on Monday morning.
It was the start of the process to move them out, away from the redevelopment of the stadium and surrounding land.
With the exception of the heritage ticket gates, the 43,500 seat stadium will be demolished next year.
The POST spoke to some of the tenants moments after they had been given the news by the officials.
“The redevelopment is going ahead, which is fine, and 18 months is a decent amount of notice,” said one man who has lived there for about two years. “It’s certainly not like saying you’re out in three weeks.”
He said they were lucky to get the house in Subiaco and he hoped residents would get a choice about where they went next, and some help to move.
“It’s expensive to move and usually it’s with mates and a ute and it’s a nightmare,” he said. “It would be an absolute luxury to have a removalist.”
A woman who has lived in one of the units for 10 years had no qualms about going.
“It’s whatever people want to do,” she said.
“Whatever is going to make this work for everybody, it’s working good for me, so I’m cool with it.”
But other residents said they would be disturbed and upset by the move.
A woman said her mother and her sister, who has a disability, had lived in the area for four decades.
“It’s kind of been up in the air for a long time,” she said. “At least now there’s something definite.
“It’s pretty upsetting, not knowing where’s she’s going.
“Obviously its upsetting. My mum’s been here for 40 years, my sister has a disability and Subiaco’s all she’s ever known.
“There’s a good network in the area, she knows her way around. Being close to public transport is important to her and not knowing where they are going to be relocated is stressful.”
Noongar elder Iva HaywardJackson also lives in the street.
“I’m almost 20 years living here,” he said. “It’s home, where I have friends and family.”
“I wanted to live my life here, die here.
“My first hope was to stay in Subiaco and if not then in the western suburbs but I was told there isn’t enough places in Subiaco for people.
“I’m 54 and I don’t know where I’m going now. It’ll be sad to go.
“What a Christmas present to give poor people who get pushed from pillar to post.”
A typed note from the Housing officials was left tucked into the door of a unit with a Christmas wreath on it.
It said: “I called on you today to discuss the proposed redevelopment of Subiaco oval and the surrounding areas and the future of the Housing Authority properties in the area.
“It is important that I speak with you as soon as possible to discuss what it means for you.”
Greg Cash, assistant direc- tor general commercial operations at the Department of Communities, confirmed 50 tenancies at the 154 Subiaco Road complex would be affected by the Subi East redevelopment.
Seven of the units were already vacant and would remain that way while most of the units were nearing the end of their useful life, he said.
“The department is consulting with every tenant individually to help them understand the relocation process and respond to their concerns,” Mr Cash said.
“Personal visits are currently under way and tenants have been advised it will take up to 18 months to relocate everyone, and possibly a little longer to support the requirements of tenants with specific needs.
“As part of the consultation process, tenants are being advised of their options regarding where they can be relocated.
“The department will try, where possible, to move tenants to their area of choice as vacancies arise.
“A department staff member has met with the tenant whose daughter has a disability.
“We will work hard to accommodate her needs, and the needs of elderly tenants who wish to remain as close to Subiaco as possible.” He said relocations took time. Mr Cash said the Subi East renewal project was in its infancy and more consultation and planning would take place next year.
But the department would work with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, LandCorp, Subiaco council, local community and other relevant people to ensure an appropriate mix of social and affordable housing within the project, he said.
Housing department officials left a note on the door of this SubiacoRoad unit.