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Minister promises greater transparency

The promise of greater transparency under the new State Government was made at a recent meeting between REDWatch Co-ord Members Michael Shreenan, Irene Doutney and Geoff Turnbull and the Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard, who has oversight of the RWA/SMDA reports the October 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.

REDWatch’s meeting with the Minister followed meetings with RWA/SMDA CEO Roy Wakelin-King and Housing NSW CEO Mike Allen to discuss REDWatch’s concerns about the government plans for the area’s public housing redevelopment. In particular REDWatch is concerned that Housing NSW is only doing a Preliminary Master Plan. This is much less that the comprehensive Masterplan promised in the RWA BEP2 which remains to be finalised and will set the planning controls within which the Master Plan is supposed to be constructed.

REDWatch is also concerned that Housing NSW seems not to be planning for the cost of the refurbishment of the high rises and for purchasing the 700 units of public housing elsewhere in the City Council area. In addition to making it clear that he had instructed the SMDA to deal transparently with the community and that if this did not happen then REDWatch should get back to him, the Minister also supported REDWatch’s argument that Government should find funds to do a full Master Plan.

Source: October 2011 South Sydney Herald http://www.southsydneyherald.com.au/