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Rent reminder Bega Flats style

By MissMoniker 26 October 2011 59

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Hi Rioters,

A friend of mine works for a not-for-profit community organisation and had to visit someone at Bega Flats yesterday afternoon.

She was more than a tad horrified to discover these posters, plastered on every floor in each block of the flats.

Is this the softer/sarcastic side of Housing ACT shining through or just a new (and appalling) approach to communicating with their clients?

Either way, is it ok? I think not.

UPDATE: This in from Joy Burch’s office:

The decision to place posters at Bega Court, Jerilderie Court and Reid Court was taken by a Housing Manager without approval from Senior Management, and was is in no way authorised or condoned by Housing ACT. Housing ACT is in the process of removing the posters.

What’s Your opinion?


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Mysteryman 10:31 am 31 Oct 11

Antagonist said :

“Housing ACT is in the process of removing the posters.”

That is a shame. It was a great way of reminding Housing ACT tennants of their obligations and a timely reminder to start planning ahead for Christmas. I think people would find it a lot less confronting than a rental arrears letter in the mail. The person responsible needs promoting for using initiative – something that appears to be severely lacking in Housing ACT.

Apalling? Hardly. Funny? Hell yes! If this one has everyones knickers twisted then you might consider selling your television now. I wouldn’t want you to see anything truly shocking such as ads aimed at smokers, drink/drug/speeding drivers, AIDS awareness campaigns complete with Grim Reaper and so on. Toughen up, Buttercup.

As a Housing ACT tennant myself, I give Amanda Smith 10/10. Give her Joy Burch’s job.

I agree. Those of you complaining about inappropriateness need to stop expecting the rest of society to tip-toe around important issues.

TheDancingDjinn 12:13 am 31 Oct 11

farnarkler said :

I worked in the same region team with Amanda for eleven months. This doesn’t surprise me one bit.

then i hope you enjoyed her witty banter, because this woman sounds like a funny bitch – love her already. – and i am actually in a housing property (on my way out) and i have met some of the nasties – she sonds like she is fun at least.

Angelina 11:24 pm 30 Oct 11

Spykler said :

How hard would the ‘clientele’ at Bega Flats have laughed when they saw this..this is a solid thrashing with a goose feather.

Have to agree.

I just don’t get why she’d put her name to it. I’d have thought these kinds of notices, particularly informal ones, would tend to be annoymous. She might as well just stand at the flats and yell out the reminder herself. Just seems a bit strange really.

farnarkler 7:16 pm 30 Oct 11

I worked in the same region team with Amanda for eleven months. This doesn’t surprise me one bit.

Classified 2:42 pm 30 Oct 11

PantsMan said :

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: http://www.prisonexp.org/

And for the record, I think Amanda Smith sounds like a skanky whore.

Then she’d fit right in at those flats, wouldn’t she…?

Henry82 11:31 pm 29 Oct 11

PantsMan said :

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: .

I assume you know what the Stanford Prison Experiment is? This hardly shows power of authority. Poor taste? yes. Psychopathic abuse of power? no.

As for her name.. smith, you can’t get any more generic than that. Grow up.

matt31221 11:24 pm 29 Oct 11

PantsMan said :

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: http://www.prisonexp.org/

And for the record, I think Amanda Smith sounds like a skanky whore.

Wow, that is nasty.

What is wrong with whore’s I ask you? They provide a geniune service to the community and make lots more money than you do!

Spykler 8:56 pm 29 Oct 11

Maybe Amanda Smith is a real grandmotherly type who is genuinely concerned that the Bega Flats folk won’t have anywhere to stash their prezzies this Xmas……..yeah, maybe not…:/

PantsMan 7:38 pm 29 Oct 11

Brianna said :

PantsMan said :

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: http://www.prisonexp.org/

And for the record, I think Amanda Smith sounds like a skanky whore.

You think Amanda Smith is a skanky whore? What do you base that opinion on? Perhaps she sent you a letter about arrears? Perhaps you have your head up your arse?

wow!

Brianna 5:57 pm 29 Oct 11

PantsMan said :

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: http://www.prisonexp.org/

And for the record, I think Amanda Smith sounds like a skanky whore.

You think Amanda Smith is a skanky whore? What do you base that opinion on? Perhaps she sent you a letter about arrears? Perhaps you have your head up your arse?

PantsMan 2:20 pm 29 Oct 11

Reminds me of the Stanford Prison Experiment we the gaolers turned psychopathic: http://www.prisonexp.org/

And for the record, I think Amanda Smith sounds like a skanky whore.

I-filed 12:44 pm 29 Oct 11

Can Amanda Smith of ACT Housing please have the Mully Award for October?

Invidious Odium 12:17 pm 29 Oct 11

ok so some of my words and sentences were typed wrong.. I get it…I commented after a 14 hour work day.. I apologise….yet no excuse…

Lets just hope that some people saw the flyer and do abide by their commitments…..

Invidious Odium 11:51 am 29 Oct 11

“There’s a little bit of EVIL in the best of ’em and a little good in the worst of us……..

This flyer was not posted in the event that the ones who do the right thing and abide by their agreements.
It is to the ones who don’t.
If you have problems with it or want to assist maybe go and inform them of the reality of living in today’s society.

Willy Bear there is no need to assume you do realise what that makes don’t you….

What about if Centrelink posted a flyer saying ” if you want to get paid don’t forget to lodge your forms!!!

what would people say about that…rant rant rant….

Deref 11:49 am 29 Oct 11

Invidious Odium said :

I have read all these comments…and I am here to tell you the facts….NOT in your life would I wish to be a Housing ACT Housing Manager.

Crimes against grammar and punctuation notwithstanding, I can believe it. If ACT Housing threw the non-payers and abusers out onto the street, perhaps they’d think twice about dodging their responsibilities.

Wily_Bear 11:23 am 29 Oct 11

Invidious Odium said :

I have read all these comments…and I am here to tell you the facts….NOT in your life would I wish to be a Housing ACT Housing Manager. I tried it in Queensland Housing and lasted 6 weeks. I got abused, acused and OMG the stories that you get told for not paying…You have to be a very good hearted and strong minded person to put up with what is dealt to you. It changed my ideas on the public housing……. For the low pay you recieve and the work load…woah!!!!!! Minimum of 220 properties to one employee…I would like to see some of you commenters try it…….Then you will have abetter understanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.I was bought up to pay for what you use. You want to see inthe middle of the night…use a light..pay elecctricity…..You want to drive somewhere…you pay for petrol or a bus ride etc….you want a roof over your head…PAY RENT.. If you were through a private landlord you wouldnt get away with it…you would be out on your backside……people are more aware and are understanding of todays circumstances the costs etc so be a good person and pay your frigin rent!!!!…If you owned a house the bank will only give you x amount of time to fix arreas…..if you are lucky,,,,,,,,I think it is a privelege to be granted a Housing ACT Property….so why not pay the quarter of your earnings in rent….I pay half my earnings in mine!!!!!! and thats with 2 jobs………Think of it that way!!!!! And do not bag the worker for being humourous…. I comment her on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The abuse and accusations you report suffering in your tenure at Queensland Housing relate to crimes against grammer and punctuation, I assume ?
If so, they were entirely justified

Spykler 10:32 am 29 Oct 11

How hard would the ‘clientele’ at Bega Flats have laughed when they saw this..this is a solid thrashing with a goose feather.

Invidious Odium 1:06 am 29 Oct 11

I have read all these comments…and I am here to tell you the facts….NOT in your life would I wish to be a Housing ACT Housing Manager. I tried it in Queensland Housing and lasted 6 weeks. I got abused, acused and OMG the stories that you get told for not paying…You have to be a very good hearted and strong minded person to put up with what is dealt to you. It changed my ideas on the public housing……. For the low pay you recieve and the work load…woah!!!!!! Minimum of 220 properties to one employee…I would like to see some of you commenters try it…….Then you will have abetter understanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.I was bought up to pay for what you use. You want to see inthe middle of the night…use a light..pay elecctricity…..You want to drive somewhere…you pay for petrol or a bus ride etc….you want a roof over your head…PAY RENT.. If you were through a private landlord you wouldnt get away with it…you would be out on your backside……people are more aware and are understanding of todays circumstances the costs etc so be a good person and pay your frigin rent!!!!…If you owned a house the bank will only give you x amount of time to fix arreas…..if you are lucky,,,,,,,,I think it is a privelege to be granted a Housing ACT Property….so why not pay the quarter of your earnings in rent….I pay half my earnings in mine!!!!!! and thats with 2 jobs………Think of it that way!!!!! And do not bag the worker for being humourous…. I comment her on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hdopler 10:44 am 28 Oct 11

I think the manager involved should get a promotion. This is fantastic!

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