Squalid Housing ACT conditions respond to media poking

johnboy 6 November 2010 86

The Canberra Times reports that public housing tenants who can get their faces in the paper get to be put up in motels while Housing ACT does its job.

Samantha Scott and her young children were living in squalor, worried they would never escape a cycle of poverty dictated by their surroundings.

Ms Scott’s small, two-bedroom flat was virtually uninhabitable, with pleas for help to Housing ACT falling on deaf ears.

Since The Canberra Times report detailed the family’s plight, the Department of Housing and Community Services has moved them into motel accommodation with an assurance that a suitable home would be found soon.

Housing Minister Ms Burch endorsed the move, saying, ”Those photos [that appeared in The Canberra Times] were distressing to me as they would have been to others. I do not find those conditions acceptable.”

Ms Burch indicated contractor Spotless would be issued with a ”non-conformist contract”.

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cleo cleo 2:13 am 23 Nov 10

Captain RAAF # 39

Well well, got a letter of apology last week from the director of housing, so there you go! It was a long time coming after their shabby treatment, certain rules have changed in housing, that went before Parliament, so no one else will have to put up with their shabby and disgusting behaviour.

cleo cleo 2:05 am 23 Nov 10

It’s not the cost of transport ‘boys’ but the accommodation costs!
Hopefully Captain you might be posted, oh I forgot, can get on riot anywhere in Australia, lol

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:09 am 22 Nov 10

Captain RAAF said :

cleo said :

If I did have a choice I would want to live in Sydney!

I reckon there would be a few people here that would happily cough up some money to see you on your way too!

(*cue 6 post nutbag response)

I have a policy to disagree with everything you say out of principle, but in this case I will go you halves on removal costs.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 8:53 am 22 Nov 10

cleo said :

If I did have a choice I would want to live in Sydney!

I reckon there would be a few people here that would happily cough up some money to see you on your way too!

(*cue 6 post nutbag response)

cleo cleo 10:27 pm 21 Nov 10

Vix # 83

Yeah! Lucky me, but you never know what’s around the corner, and I am not in their shoes, that’s why I’m in housing, I don’t have a choice where I want to live, have you thought about that? If I did have a choice I would want to live in Sydney!

Vix Vix 11:02 pm 20 Nov 10

Cleo said:

“I would NOT like to move to outlying suburbs, although I do drive, but who is to say there might come a time when I cannot drive, I would like to stay in the city, where I can walk where I wanted to, within reach. The transport in Canberra is too unreliable, and you could only stay out a certain time due to buses not running.”

Just a quick question then, have you read the thread about the couple trying to rent in the inner north? for $800pw?

cleo cleo 10:50 pm 20 Nov 10

sepi # 79

Once you pull your head out of your arse, you may realise that I am entitled to have the exhaust fans cleaned, if you had read my previous posts you would know that I could not remove them, nor could the person from Spotless, as for my daughter paying for my airfare ONCE, where did I ever say that I go overseas regularly, no I didn’t, I lived overseas when married and travelled extensively then, I haven’t had an overseas holiday for years, had to get a new passport.

Were have all payed taxes, your not the only one!

cleo cleo 10:34 pm 20 Nov 10

Genie # 78

No just a goddess lol

I can’t pull the stumps out due to arthritis, if you had read my previous post, as for rat bait, I have done that will zero results.

I may live in government housing, doesn’t mean we have to put up with Spotless leaving a mess, as I’m sure most people on here are pissed off when they have workmen who don’t clean their mess up, the job wasn’t complete!

Zilog Zilog 7:32 am 20 Nov 10

What a completely and utterly absurd thread.

Squalid housing is a SYMPTOM of many things. It is a CAUSE of none.

And whilst a motel unit may be more comfortable, it’s not exactly rocket-science to see the arrangement would be bloody inconvenient. Who’d choose a motel over their own home, for Christ’s sake?

The tenor of the original assertion is INCORRECT. Offensively so.

sepi sepi 10:36 am 19 Nov 10

I’m really not getting why my taxes should be paying for a tradesman to come out and remove Cleo’s exhaust fans for her. Next time – get your daughter to pay for that, instead of a trip to Bali. It isn’t your God given right to have overseas trips regularly, nor to have your house fixed up at public expense.

Genie Genie 10:26 am 19 Nov 10

OMG Cleo ! Do you have a god complex or something ?

Your last post makes you sound like you expect everything to be done to your standards and within YOUR time frame.

Have you ever thought to get off your butt and do a few things yourself ?

I mean oh no the Government cut down some trees and left the stumps behind, they made the ground uneven when putting in some lights.. OMG its the end of the world !

If your sick of the rats and mice, invest in some rat sack. But that might cause some bad smells if you do end up killing some.

cleo cleo 1:28 am 19 Nov 10

peterh # 75

As for being a RAAF brat, and being in the forces yourself, and never living in housing that is allocated to the RAAF, maybe your dad and yourself were higher ranking, so therefore you would not be put in a govie standard house, the forces lease from public housing, and the private sector, I know this because my then husband worked in this area in Canberra with the RAAF.

My then husband went through the ranks, we did live in these type of premises, until he went further up the ranks, we also lived on base, in Richmond NSW.

I would NOT like to move to outlying suburbs, although I do drive, but who is to say there might come a time when I cannot drive, I would like to stay in the city, where I can walk where I wanted to, within reach. The transport in Canberra is too unreliable, and you could only stay out a certain time due to buses not running.

Spotless are supposed to do a clean up around the flats, they had put up a notice saying they would be doing just that, what a joke, all they did is put in new outdoor lights, a bit of gardening, we didn’t need new lights, we the tenants have been begging for security for our cars, eg: put a roller door in.

Then they left a mess with the dirt around the new lights, the ground was uneven, so of course I complained.

They came out and put soil on the ground around the lights, months before that they chopped some of our trees down for no reason, some of the tenants complained, they never removed the stumps, which were finally done when I had complained about the dirt around the lights, I mentioned this also. On a regular basis there is someone who comes out and sweeps the underground carpark and sweeps the stairs, not much, maybe mop the stairs every month.

We had an area’s where people were putting their food scraps for mulch, of course they were only encouraging the rats and mice, so this idea was scrapped, tenants were informed not to do this, I think it’s called recycling, but it didn’t work in this case.

When someone has birds, it will attract rats, mice and snakes. We had chickens when I was a kid, when my father decided to get rid of the chickens he found mice nests beneath the ground.

We have had new private flats being built around us, this has been going on since I first moved here, which is about eight years, each time a new flat goes up we are inundated with the rats and mice, you could smell this foul odour coming from the ground around the new flats where the rats and mice were living under the ground, with the disturbance they moved to our block of flats, (lucky us).

cleo cleo 12:49 am 18 Nov 10

Captain RAAF # 74

I think your telling porkies lol!

How is the Shrew going?

Yep still blaming everyone else, actually I haven’t had time to give housing a ring, will do so tomorrow in regards to the rats and mice, and my exhaust fans, so slack, I think they need a cracker up their arse’s!

peterh peterh 11:38 pm 17 Nov 10

@cleo,

in my time as a raaf brat, and in the forces, I never ever lived in public housing accommodation. We lived on base, or via allocation via the equivalent DHA group at the time.

(can’t remember what it was called, so long ago now)

There ARE issues with the public housing system. flats that are being torn down aren’t being replaced, there is a private sector rental problem already, single people are living in 3 bed houses because they “got in” before the housing crisis was around and won’t be asked to leave, and the ACT Government continues to use Ainslie village as “emergency housing”.

There aren’t any alternatives, there are plans to bring the common ground system to canberra, something that I believe is a great idea, as long as the Government doesn’t get involved in any way. We need estates in the outlying suburbs to be developed purely for government housing. This will take some of the pressure off, but the underlying problem is still there.

One fine example of an estate was Oaks estate, touted to those of us in ainslie village who had managed to get a job as the ticket out, but we weren’t interested in moving out to an estate with limited bus services – if you didn’t have a car, you couldn’t go anywhere.

Squalor in tenanted places isn’t just a public housing issue, it is also an issue for the private sector. There are people who have no personal hygiene standards, that think it is ok to dump rubbish into their backyard, and they see it as their right. I have a clean house, but my neighbor keeps birds. I get mice and rats in my yard as a result, but they aren’t the greatest concern to me, the snakes that follow them are.

As for using a contractor cleaning service, doesn’t act housing have a cleaning team on staff?

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 8:06 am 16 Nov 10

cleo said :

Tooks # 72

I think he can speak for himself, obviously he didn’t reach his expectations!

Actually, I reached mine this time last year, so everything else is now a bonus.

So, have you sorted out the rats yet or are you still blaming everyone else?

And Tooks, everyone knows aspire means a tall tower with a pointy thing on the top!

cleo cleo 10:18 pm 15 Nov 10

Tooks # 72

I think he can speak for himself, obviously he didn’t reach his expectations!

Tooks Tooks 9:10 am 15 Nov 10

cleo said :

Vix # 69

Lol, I don’t think so, I think I hit a nerve, someone else eg: Tooks is trying to speak for Captain Big Mouth.

Trying to speak for him? I was just pointing out your mistake. Maybe you don’t know what the word ‘aspire’ means.

cleo cleo 12:10 am 15 Nov 10

Vix # 69

Lol, I don’t think so, I think I hit a nerve, someone else eg: Tooks is trying to speak for Captain Big Mouth.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:21 am 14 Nov 10

Just a couple of things:

As to rats meaning you’re a pig – this is not necessarily true. I once lived in a house (private rental) that I kept tidy and clean; yet I had to put up with rats a lot of time because the neighbours had a rubbish tip in their backyard and were utter pigs! Ratsak seemed to keep things under control until the tossers next door moved away.

Public tenants having a holiday – I don’t actually have a problem with most housing tenants having a break away somewhere; so long as it’s not to go on a crime spreed in another suburb/town! And to begrudge housing tenants a break is like saying that people with a mortgage shouldn’t have a holiday either – after all, they owe money to a bank, so shouldn’t they be paying their debt off first!

Vix Vix 10:54 pm 13 Nov 10

re Cleo and Captain RAAF – is anyone scoring yet?

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