40th Anniversary Launch of Tenants’ Union of NSW

I want to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and their elders past and present and thank them for their centuries of stewardship of this land.   Thank you to the Tenants’ Union of NSW for this opportunity to participate in today’s very special event – the launch of the Tenants Union’s 40th Anniversary. It is an honour for me to be here representing Minister Brad Hazard – one of the most experienced and senior ministers in the parliament today. Your sector is in good hands within the government. My congratulations to all those  who have worked with the Tenants’ Union during the past 40 years, for your important contribution in advancing the interests of tenants in this State. In particular, I want to acknowledge your work in support of social housing tenants in NSW, including some of the most vulnerable members of our society. I say this as someone born and raised in public housing in Penrith in 1960’s. Continue reading


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


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