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Greens not thrilled by public housing reduction at Northbourne Flats

By johnboy - 9 November 2011 70

northbourne flats concept drawing

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is expressing displeasure at the plans for the Northbourne Flats which will see public housing spaces drop from 248 to 90.

“I’m pleased to see the redevelopment of the Northbourne flats site awarded to a design that incorporates good sustainability principles. However the Government must not use the redevelopment as a way to reduce the number of public housing dwellings, especially as the flats are located close to Civic and to transport and services,” Ms Bresnan said today.

“We’ve seen a decrease in the number of public housing dwellings at the site of the ABC flats, and an increase in moving public housing stock into outer suburbs.

“It is disappointing to see this happen to Northbourne Flats as well, and it presents a major disadvantage for current and future public housing tenants.

“The Greens don’t support the continual relocation of public housing away from central services. People in public housing should benefit from redevelopments such as Northbourne Flats and be able to remain in a central location such as Civic if they choose to,” Ms Bresnan said.

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70 Responses to
Greens not thrilled by public housing reduction at Northbourne Flats
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Erg0 10:18 am
09 Nov 11
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It says a lot about the Green mindset that she seems to believe that public housing tenants have a greater entitlement to be close to central services than people who aren’t living off the government’s largesse.

That said, I think she’s missing the upside here: moving public housing to outer suburbs will likely increase the use of public transport in those areas, and the wealthy car users who replace them in the central location will no doubt make fewer trips than if they were living further out. It’s environmental policy by stealth!

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Thumper 10:22 am
09 Nov 11
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Somehow I don’t think the sunshine and lollipops illustration will be a reality.

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sarahsarah 10:31 am
09 Nov 11
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I love how the lady riding the bike doesn’t have a helmet on.

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chewy14 10:40 am
09 Nov 11
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Wow,
So the Greens believe that public housing tenants should have better access to services than the people actually paying for those services.
Awesome.

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krats 10:41 am
09 Nov 11
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Moving Public Housing Tenants To The Outer Suburbs Would Increase Public Transport Usage.Would That Not Be A Good Thing?

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Erg0 10:43 am
09 Nov 11
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Is there an echo in here?

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chewy14 10:45 am
09 Nov 11
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sarahsarah said :

I love how the lady riding the bike doesn’t have a helmet on.

Is it just me or is she also just about to hit warp speed?

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TheDancingDjinn 10:58 am
09 Nov 11
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chewy14 said :

sarahsarah said :

I love how the lady riding the bike doesn’t have a helmet on.

Is it just me or is she also just about to hit warp speed?

Ride it like you stole it

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Grail 11:01 am
09 Nov 11
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chewy14 said :

So the Greens believe that public housing tenants should have better access to services than the people actually paying for those services.

No, the Greens believe that people living in public housing should have equal access to public services. In addition, the Greens believe that displacing public housing tenants is not going to help those people in any way. The relocation of public housing tenants is just an exercise in hiding the embarrassing problem rather than addressing it.

Kicking poor people out of their homes just so rich buggers can have an ugly and expensive apartment block to live in isn’t really sending a message of hope to the underprivileged in this town, is it?

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sarahsarah 11:17 am
09 Nov 11
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TheDancingDjinn said :

chewy14 said :

sarahsarah said :

I love how the lady riding the bike doesn’t have a helmet on.

Is it just me or is she also just about to hit warp speed?

Ride it like you stole it

The man in blue on the bike further back must be a policeman in hot pursuit.

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MonarchRepublic 11:38 am
09 Nov 11
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chewy14 said :

sarahsarah said :

I love how the lady riding the bike doesn’t have a helmet on.

Is it just me or is she also just about to hit warp speed?

Not to mention, they are riding on the footpath, not the on road cycle lanes! Oh, the humanity!

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chewy14 11:45 am
09 Nov 11
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Grail said :

chewy14 said :

So the Greens believe that public housing tenants should have better access to services than the people actually paying for those services.

No, the Greens believe that people living in public housing should have equal access to public services. In addition, the Greens believe that displacing public housing tenants is not going to help those people in any way. The relocation of public housing tenants is just an exercise in hiding the embarrassing problem rather than addressing it.

Kicking poor people out of their homes just so rich buggers can have an ugly and expensive apartment block to live in isn’t really sending a message of hope to the underprivileged in this town, is it?

So if it’s meant to be equal access to services then why do they all have to be close to Civic or main town centres? They already get free public transport, so distance shouldn’t be an issue.

And how does someone struggling to pay a mortgage on a crap house in West McGregor have equal access to services as a public housing tenant in a brand new unit in these redeveloped Northbourne flats?

I think kicking poor people out of these homes provides a better incentive than allowing them to enjoy government funded dwellings right next to the city, when others have to struggle to get by without the government help.
Public housing should be kept to an absolute minimum, with only the truly needy given a house/unit.

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TheDancingDjinn 12:20 pm
09 Nov 11
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chewy14 said :

Grail said :

chewy14 said :

So the Greens believe that public housing tenants should have better access to services than the people actually paying for those services.

No, the Greens believe that people living in public housing should have equal access to public services. In addition, the Greens believe that displacing public housing tenants is not going to help those people in any way. The relocation of public housing tenants is just an exercise in hiding the embarrassing problem rather than addressing it.

Kicking poor people out of their homes just so rich buggers can have an ugly and expensive apartment block to live in isn’t really sending a message of hope to the underprivileged in this town, is it?

They already get free public transport, so distance shouldn’t be an issue.

What? who get’s free pblic transport? Pensioners – Elderly, single parent, and medical get 4 free trips on interstate routes, but as far as i am aware no one in this town gets free bus rides – am i wrong ? please provide something that backs that claim

14
Chop71 12:30 pm
09 Nov 11
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Where do I sign up?

Seems paying off my home has been a total waste of time.

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Chop71 12:30 pm
09 Nov 11
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….and the kids on the hill are selling crack

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