the rocks in his head...
Scores of angry public housing tenants have vented their fury over the decision to sell nearly 300 homes in the heart of Sydney’s historic The Rocks area.
They gathered in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge following the announcement that the properties, many of them heritage listed, would be sold off and more than 400 residents relocated.
“We are not moving one iota,” said Colin Tooher, whose family had lived at the same Millers Point address for six generations.
“Think about it, Barry, and think about it bloody hard,” he said, referring to the New South Wales premier, Barry O’Farrell.
Tooher said he had only learned he would be turfed out within two years after Wednesday morning’s announcement.
The community services minister, Pru Goward, said the cost of rent subsidies and maintaining the properties, which included the brutalist-style Sirius building, had become too high.
She said the money from the sale of the buildings would be ploughed into the public housing system across NSW.
“I cannot look taxpayers in NSW in the eye, I cannot look other public housing tenants in the eye and I cannot look the 57,000 people on the waiting list in the eye when we preside over such an unfair distribution of subsidies,” Goward said.
Sydney’s lord mayor, Clover Moore, believed the decision to sell housing stock around the Rocks had been influenced by the billion-dollar development at nearby Barangaroo.
“I think the announcement that has been made by the minister is shocking and I think the manner in which she is carrying it out is cruel,” Moore said.
Too high?.... What a lot of rot... Guess what... The only people who could buy this kind of real estate are LOADED LIBERAL, DEVELOPERS and/or friends of the CONservative NSW government... I can see some horse trading here as well... Some people buying at a price then reselling for double the money in a jiffy... Rorts? Obviously...
Cone on Bazza, don't become a philistine idiot...