Subi ten­ants get march­ing or­ders

POST Newspapers - - Letters - By LLOYD GOR­MAN

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.

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