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Talk about public housing

REDFERN: During August two exciting initiatives with some fun activities took place at the Redfern Town Hall and at Redfern Park, involving local residents of Waterloo and Redfern, and focusing on issues affecting tenants living in public housing writes Reece Meredith in the South Sydney Herald of September 2011.

In the Redfern Town Hall workshop, facilitated by University of Western Sydney researchers, social housing residents and other interested community representatives were provided the necessary background research and similar project examples in supporting and developing this community-based project. Residents’ Voices will also soon become a webbased forum where local issues and opinions, experiences and activities can be shared and posted online, encouraging further discussion and airing of our varied experiences and concerns relating to living within the social mix that is Redfern-Waterloo.

Together with support from residents involved in an earlier meeting at the Factory Community Centre, workshop participants committed to ongoing promotion and support for this unique project.

A second Planning Expo at Redfern Park invited local residents to come along to the RedWater Markets, to take time to hear about the Redfern Waterloo Masterplan, supported by the Australian Government’s Housing Affordability

Fund and Housing NSW. I attended, with many other locals, writing down “What we would like to see in the future” and signing up for upcoming planning workshops. People spotted where we lived on a huge map of our local area, and provided ideas of concerns and issues affecting our neighbourhood. S

For further information check out Associate Professor Michael Darcy’s webpage and project, Residents’ Voices: advantage, disadvantage, community and place: www.uws.edu.au

Source: September 2011 Edition of The South Sydney Herald