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Once again, Frank gets it wrong on The Block

Darlington-Redfern branches of the Australian Labor Party Media Release Thursday, March 2", 2006

The failure of Minister for Redfern-Waterloo Frank Sartor to adequately address the housing issue on The Block has outraged inner-city Labor Party branches. On Tuesday February 28th, the ALP's Darlington and Redfern branches were briefed on The Block by a number of players and eventually moved a motion to express their support for the Aboriginal Housing Company's Pemulwuy project.

High profile speakers who attended the meeting include CEO of the Redfern Waterloo Authority Robert Domm, Deputy Sydney Lord Mayor Verity Firth, who supports the Pemulwuy project, Col James, who helped design the Pemulwuy Project, and Geoff Turnbull from REDWatch.

The meeting ran for an hour more than it was scheduled to and hosted a fiery debate about The Block's future. Before the meeting concluded, branch members affirmed their support for the RWA as a means of initiating positive change in Redfern and Waterloo. However, they urged the NSW Government to reconsider their stand on the AHC's Pemulwuy Project.

The branches collectively said, "We call upon the Government to enter into immediate talks with the AHC and have the view that the project should start immediately."

A spokesperson for the meeting, Darlington Branch Secretary Trevor Davies, said, "Most people can see the merits of the Pemulwuy Project. From shock jock Alan Jones to old lefties like Tom Urenn, everyone has offered their support to the development. Even former Liberal Leader John Brogden, who said The Block should be bulldozed, has come out and supported the AHC.

"We'd love for the Premier to come and have a look, I'm sure as hell that he'd have a change of heart."

For further information contact:
Trevor Davies, Secretary of the ALP Darlington Branch Ph: 0400 008 838