Your action will save the Millers Point community

update

The next few days are critical in our campaign to Save Millers Point.

Thank you for signing a petition to save the Millers Point community.

There has been strong support for the four petitions started recently. Mary’s petition was at the top of trending petitions on change.org for a couple of weeks. More petitions were launched to indicate we wanted to save a whole community. The four people heading these petitions are standing in for the community.

Now is the time to support them by signing and sharing these petitions.

We believe the government is listening.

Below are links to these petitions.

MARY’S PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/hon-mike-baird-mp-let-our-elderly-neighbour-stay-in-her-home

MYRA’S PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/save-myra-from-eviction

FLO’S PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/gabrielle-upton-mike-baird-save-flo-from-eviction

JACK’S PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/gabrielle-upton-mike-baird-save-the-millers-point-workers-flats

20 Responses to Your action will save the Millers Point community

  1. Rita Mallia 25 March 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Shame on the NSW Baird Governemnt, this is no way to treat a longstanding community and some vulnerable people.

  2. Ian Carter 26 March 2015 at 1:15 am #

    Who bought the ministers? They are talking bullshit! To claim they can build 3 public houses for every 1 of the Millers Point properties is ludicrous. If they are allowed to get away with their lies, watch what the developers make from it in a few years time. These properties are gold-mines for a corrupt government. We might be told the sale prices for the above the table deals if they are forced to disclose them, but how much has been and will be paid under the table to have our history bulldozed and our vulnerable citizens dispossessed? When the truth comes out it will be too late; the deed will be done. A government that shows such contempt for our heritage and us that they deliberately neglected these historic houses so they could “justify”demolishing them and evicting the remaining residents demonstrate that they are unfit to hold office. We have an opportunity to evict THEM; Let’s do it!

    • JohnD 26 March 2015 at 8:51 am #

      We understand your anger. Certainly some developers will be making plans for what they might do with large parcels of Millers Point land, and how they could spin their proposals to overcome heritage restrictions, but it is the job of government to protect our heritage. Currently the State Government not only lists all the houses and flats it owns in Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks, it also lists as being of State Significance the community of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks. Recently historian Shirley Fitzgerald spoke at a forum in NSW Parliament and indicated this is the only community in the country that has a full listing on a State Heritage Register. We hope soon to post some of what Shirley Fitzgerald said.

    • Josephine Wadlow-Evans 27 March 2015 at 11:35 am #

      When one is forced by protocol to refer to such people as Mike Baird as Honourable it actually gags – Mike Baird is together with his Planning Minister more interested in the big end of town – they both have shown to the people of NSW and further afield that they loath and detest people that they see as ‘needy’ – who are to them easy targets – who won’t fight back and can be removed never to be seen anymore – Baird has shown his colours allowing his good friend Packer and their developer of choice Lend Lease, whose overseas shenanigans have been made public overseas, but carefully scripted out Mike Baird’s office – he has clearly earmarked as has Pru Goward Millers Point for his corporate friends at the expense of elderly citizens – this might be of interest: the appointment of Ms Briggs AO Pru Goward’s good friend, the person who orchestrated the removal of Miller’s Point tenants…

      Unfortunately for Ms Briggs AO, in spite of an exemplary history, she is tainted as far as the Public is concerned, especially as the person appointing her is Pru Goward….
      Ms Goward’s history and actions within this Government and her alleged close ties with Rio Tinto precedes the appointment, our sincere apologies to Ms Briggs AO, who more likely than not in another era would be welcomed with open arms, but in Baird/Goward era will be seen as not being independent in her decision making when it comes to this Government’s Planning History, such as the Packer Casino and their leaning towards Lend Lease to the point that other developers appear to be nowhere in site…
      What does this mean that the PAC is merely a ‘regulatory capture’ – as it has been in the past it is an agency that is referred to as a ‘captured agency’.
      Regulatory capture is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. Regulatory capture is a form of government failure; it creates an opening for firms to behave in ways injurious to the public (e.g., producing negative externalities). The agencies are called “captured agencies”.

      Josephine Wadlow-Evans….

      Need one say more: – There is no getting away there are no flies on Pru Goward appoint your new PAC Chair who just happens to be the person commissioned to push through the sell of Public Land called Sydney harbour – all that is needed is that the new Chair just gives the tick of approval – how sick is this High cost harbourside assets to be sold for a fairer social housing system
      19 Mar 2014
      Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward announced today high value public housing property assets on the Sydney Harbour foreshore will be sold with the proceeds to be reinvested into the social housing system across NSW.
      293 properties in Millers Point, Gloucester Street and the Sirius building in The Rocks will be sold, due to the high cost of maintenance, significant investment required to improve properties to an acceptable standard, and high potential sale values.

      “Maintenance on properties in Millers Point costs more than four times the average for public housing dwellings in NSW. In the last 2 years alone, nearly $7 million has been spent maintaining this small number of properties. That money could have been better spent on building more social housing, or investing in the maintenance of public housing properties across the state,” Ms Goward said.

      “When the previous Government began selling off public housing in Millers Point in 2008 it let other properties here fall into disrepair. That has now left us with repair bills as high as $800,000 to restore some of these terrace houses to heritage standard.

      “The community expects us to invest in a sustainable social housing system which supports disadvantaged people across the whole state. Our ability to do that is severely limited if we sink millions of dollars into a small number of properties,” Ms Goward said.

      “Subsidies to tenants in the last year alone reached $8.89 million, with individual tenants receiving subsidies as high as $44,000 per annum. This compares to subsidies of $8,000 per year in Campbelltown, $7,000 in Gosford, and $11,000 in Wollongong. For every subsidised tenancy in Millers Point, the Government could assist 5 tenants in Warrawong, or 3.5 tenants in Newcastle or Minto.
      “I recognise some tenants have lived in public housing in Millers Point for decades, and moving to a new location may be difficult. This decision was not taken lightly, but it is the right decision in the interest of a sustainable, fair social housing system which currently has more than 57,000 families on the waiting list.
      “A team of more than 40 Housing NSW staff is already on the ground talking to tenants. Over the next three months a specialist relocations team will work with each and every tenant individually to understand their needs and work with them through their relocation. Every tenant will be offered reasonable alternative accommodation. All reasonable costs of moving, including reconnecting utilities will be covered,” Ms Goward said.

      The project will be driven by former Public Service Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO GAICD, and is expected to run for two years. Ms Briggs will report directly to the Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter.

      New Chair Appointed to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission
      The Minister for Planning Pru Goward has announced former Australian Public Service Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO as Chair of the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

      The PAC is an independent statutory body with the power to determine development applications that have been delegated to it by the Minister for Planning. The PAC also provides independent expert advice to the Minister on a range of planning and development matters.

      In addition to her tenure as Australian Public Service Commissioner, Ms Briggs has served as a Deputy Secretary in the federal Department of Transport and Regional Services, as Chief Executive of Medicare and is a board member of the Australian Rail Track Corporation. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2013 for distinguished service to public administration.

      No the PAC can never ever be seen as independent – I have witnessed first hand how they do business – and my experience suggests it ‘ain’t pretty’.

    • maree jones 27 March 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Shame on this Government… I’m appalled at this callous blatant land grab… Hands off public assets…

      • Helen Burdis 4 April 2015 at 4:20 pm #

        I live in social housing in Brisbane. This could just as likely to happen to us.

        The units on the ground floor are supposed to be for folk with mobility issues and I wonder how you’d get yourself in a wheelchair through the front door.

        Does anyone give a damn about these issues unless they are directly affected? I’m posting these comments out of a sense of social justice. Everything comes down to the bottom line and f*#k you all!! 😀

  3. Louise Weber 26 March 2015 at 2:49 am #

    This is a very important fight and close to my heart, having managed community housing pproperties there in the ’80s; it’s about community, shared heritage, respect for diversity, valuing people over greed. And the hideous prospect of our harbourside suburbs all becoming ‘beige’ with money. Public housing needs to stay in public control – keep this community in place, respect and retain this wonderful diversity – it’s what makes it so special!

    • JohnD 26 March 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Thank you Louise. So many people from all sides seem to be talking about community housing at present. It seems to have a lot going for it. Perhaps it is part of the future of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks if we save the community first.

  4. Kelli 26 March 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I have found that the best strategy is to ask via message or email, friends and colleagues to sign. If all of our supporters get one other person on board we will really make an impact

    • JohnD 26 March 2015 at 6:05 pm #

      So many people have read and shared the petitions, and visited the links associated with them, but don’t forget before you leave the page to press sign and perhaps leave a comment. This weekend most of the comments will be printed and displayed around Millers Point.

  5. Yvonne Spielman 26 March 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    It is a disgraceful action to take, to break up a supportive community and dispatch them to outer suburbs.
    I will never vote for a government who treats citizens in this disgraceful manner.

    • JohnD 26 March 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Millers Point is one of the great success stories of social housing, and the mutual support within the community should be celebrated.

  6. Dr Kath Leahy 27 March 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    This is typical of Big government when it assumes the power to help its developer mates. Mike Baird’s face might be cute and his manner friendly but do not kid yourself he’s a friend of the people. He has made the lives of old and vulnerable people worse in our area too. Vote him out and save Miller’s Point.

    This is the kind of community we should all aspire to…they deserve our continued support!

    Dr Kath Leahy

    • JohnD 27 March 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Thank you for your support, and you are right that Millers Point is the type of community we should all aspire to, and we are lucky to have it.

  7. Marilla North 28 March 2015 at 9:14 am #

    You guys MUST save the amenity of historic Pyrmont -Ultimo and keep the filthy rich from getting everything harbourside! Cannot the descendants of Barangaroo and Bennelong help here?
    Love you all, Marilla

    • JohnD 28 March 2015 at 2:30 pm #

      By all means let the rich come, but only to join us, not displace us, and our current situation does reinforce our understanding of the way white Australia displaced black Australia.

  8. Elizabeth Burgess 28 March 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Please do not evict these vulnerable people from their historic homes just so the greedy developers and/or the government can make a fast buck on redeveloping the site!

    • JohnD 28 March 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      See comment above…

  9. Jenny Watson 24 May 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    THIS IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. MORALLY, ETHICALLY AND HUMANELY. WHERE ARE THE RIGHTS OF THESE VULNERABLE GOOD AUSTRALIAN SOULS IT IS UNCONSCIOUABLE THAT A GOVT WHICH I AM POSITIVE IS GETTING KICK BACKS FROM DEVELOPERS IS PACKER INVOLVED WOULD STOOP TO SUCH A DEBASED CRUEL LEVEL. THERE MUST BE A STOP TO IT AND WE ARE MORALLY ETHICALLY AND HUMANELY ARE OBLIGED TO FIGHT FOR THESE PEOPLE AND ALL OTHERS WHO ARE ATTACKED BY AN UNCARING UNJUST GOVERNMENT. WE MUST FIGHT THE CAUSE IS RIGHT THE TIME IS NOW. ENOUGH YOU EXCUSE FOR A GOVERNMENT MIKE BAIRD AND PRUE GOWARD DISGRACEFUL HUMAN BEINGS. TAKE SOME MONEY FOR OTHER SOCIAL HOUSING FROM YOUR RICH BUDDY DEVELOPERS THEY HAVE GOT PLENTY ENOUGH TO GO AROUND. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FAIR GO IN THIS COUNTRY. THREW IT OUT WITH THE BATHWATER OF MONEY FROM DEVELOPERS EH BAIRDE AND GOWARD YOU ARE DESPICABLE AND SHOULD BOOTED AS FAR AWAY FROM US AS POSSIBLE.

    • JohnD 26 May 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      81-year-old Flo who was born in Millers Point lives beside the mansion Housing NSW sold last week. The government says this sale will fund ten housing units elsewhere. “The government can have my house tomorrow if they want it,” is how Flo responds. The people of Millers Point don’t want the harbour views and grand homes. They only want to stay in the community that is the only one many of them have known. Flo has offered to move to Sirius, which was purpose built for public housing. This is one of many suggestions put forward by residents when they met Minister Brad Hazzard last week. He said, “I’m certainly happy to go away and think about those ideas,” and Flo said, “I think he will do the very best he can for us.” This is quite a turnaround.

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