Jo Faith, Newtown
Post card from Sydney. I notice the affordable housing debate is on again in Byron. Kensington is an area adjacent NSW University undergoing ‘affordable transformation’.
Gladys our premier, as we know has tricked us all. While recently spruiking the wonders of democracy; she has, behind the political scene made sure that her authoritarian SEPPs (state environmental planning policies), are stamped with a legislated click of the spiked boot and ringing pronouncement, ‘There shall be no participatory democracy’.
Affordable housing is an exploitative label that allows the developers to come through the back door, exploiting real social issues and emotive needs. Adjacent Kensington residents are alarmed and have no voice, let alone rights.
Ever keen for the $$$ Gladys now has granted the affordable housing label to developers to gut heritage houses in Kensington and harness the international market. These gutted and re-developed ‘affordable houses’ are to be boarding houses for international students! They can board up to 17 students, who will no doubt be ripped off financially.
How very market hungry is Gladys for the $$$ to please demanding developers and boost her very toxic political party?