MAKING THE CBD MORE PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY

Sydney is quickly starting to realise the benefits of a pedestrian friendly CBD. Over Christmas we saw pedestrians, quite literally taking to the streets as they made the most of the temporary retail spaces set up along the bitumen of George Street. For the first time in recent history, pedestrians were free to wander along this historic street without bus and car traffic. The city CBD is now set to become even more pedestrian friendly with Minister for Roads Duncan Gay today announcing that the Sydney CBD 40km/h speed limit will be expanded in April to improve pedestrian safety. Continue reading

FIRST 100 HOMES FROM MILLERS POINT SALES COMPLETED

Recently I represented the Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard at the AGM of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, where I spoke about the NSW Government’s commitment to increasing and improving social housing supply. This is an issue  close to my heart, having spent my early years living in social housing and later working on social housing policy at both the City of Sydney and Liverpool Councils. After the speech, the Chairman of the Federation mentioned a small side project he has embarked on to change the language around social housing. Specifically he pointed out that when we talk about social housing we are not just talking about ‘stock’. We cannot lose sight of the fact that we’re talking about people’s homes. Continue reading

The importance of the community housing sector

The community housing sector is a vital part of the NSW housing market and is well placed to partner with government and non-government actors to deliver profit for purpose homes for NSW. To give you an idea of the scale that community housing providers and the NSW government are operating at, presently, around 28,500 social housing properties, including over 1500 crisis and transitional properties, are either leased or funded by government to community housing providers for management, or had their ownership transferred to providers by government. Of these, 98 percent are managed by 32 providers, with the largest 10 providers managing a combined 17,500 properties. Community housing providers are our great partners in the overheated property market of Sydney. Hence it was a great honour and a privilege to speak to the NSW Federation of Housing Associations Annual General Meeting this morning on behalf of the Minister for Community Services and Social Housing, the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP. Click here to continue reading my speech. Continue reading

Congratulating Emerge Graduates of 2015

  On Tuesday the 8th of December Shayne attended the 2015 Emerge graduation, representing the Minister for Disabilities, the Hon. John Ajaka. Emerge is a nine month leadership program designed to develop leadership capacity and experience in young adults with cerebral palsy. In Sydney this program partners staff from the Commonwealth Bank with young adults from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Each participant is matched to a personal coach for a year who assists them to identify and build on their strengths. The program aims to build confidence and familiarity in the business environment, and develop a network of professionals and friends. Click here to read Shayne's speech and find out more about Emerge. Continue reading