THIS financial year, Anglicare has assisted more than 650 people in the Eurobodalla Shire …

Who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and staff have currently been helping 180 clients

… many more people haven’t sought help!


DO our Governments … in the main … care about the less well-off?


WHEN … some among us will say …

-you’ve failed

-not good enough

-your fault

-you need to do better

-try harder

-move on

-someone will help you, try the charities

-you need to get a better job

That’s it … blame the victims … it’s always been the Darwinists World view …


NAROOMA’s young and homeless forced to live in a tent in their popular sea-change town

ABC South East NSW 

19 JUNE 2019



By early June in Narooma on the New South Wales far south coast, the campgrounds around town are all but deserted.

The nights have been bitterly cold and the atmosphere is bleak, but not everyone who is still camping is there by choice.

Eighteen-year old Samantha and 24-year-old David have been living in a tent for two months after exhausting all their other accommodation options, from staying with family and friends, renting a motel room, and sleeping in their car.

“We picked the wrong month to go camping,” David joked as he put the kettle on a small butane stove.

“But at least it’s nice and quiet. There’s nearly nobody here.”

The couple have been looking for a place to rent since they moved out of home two years ago.

“We’ve been into the real estates and filled out applications, we’ve also posted on buy, swap and sell pages, and Gumtree,” Samantha said.

“Because we haven’t ever rented before, we don’t have any rental references, and we’ve also been rejected because of our ages.”

‘We’ve been asked to move on’

David has been completing the final year of his apprenticeship as a floor finisher, laying carpet, floating floors and vinyl flooring.

While he is working, Samantha has been staying at the tent with their two dogs Storm and Soxie or taking them into town.

“I get a bit scared by myself in the bush, even though I’ve got the dogs,” she said.

“We’ve been asked to move from a few spots now, and that’s scary too.

“We’re homeless as it is, and there are so many spots where we’re not allowed to camp. We’ve got nowhere to go — it sucks.”

Samantha got their first dog, Storm, three years ago after she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

“She’s always with me, I’m never without her,” she said.

“I’d rather be homeless than without my dogs.”

Young people forced out

Simon Kuestenmacher is the co-founder and director of research at The Demographics Group.

He said Narooma fits the classic population profile of a regional area where most young people move away from home to take advantage of education and employment opportunities in the city and larger regional centres.

But for young people who are struggling to establish themselves in their home towns, many are forced out by the lack of affordable rental accommodation.

“In Narooma, the population is steadily growing, with around 200 people per year moving to the area each year,” Mr Kuestenmacher said.

“But the private rental market is shrinking.

“If an area grows at a humble pace, it doesn’t make financial sense to buy a property to rent out, especially at the lower end of the spectrum.

“People that can afford to buy an investment property are better off putting their money into something else.”


Krystal Tritton, coordinator of Anglicare’s Homelessness Support Service in the Eurobodalla, said it was near impossible for a couple on a low income to find a private rental in Narooma or surrounding towns.

For some people, their best option has been to move out of the region.

“That’s really difficult for someone who has been lucky enough to secure an apprenticeship or has a connection to country or family, or any of those things that tie us to community,” Ms Tritton said.

“We’re seeing our youth that went through our high schools, people who’ve been here for three or four generations. And the sadness you feel when you have to send someone outside their community, it’s pretty overwhelming.”

‘Everyone looks down on you’

This financial year, Anglicare has assisted more than 650 people in the Eurobodalla Shire who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and staff have currently been helping 180 clients.

There are many more people out there who haven’t sought help.

Samantha, who has been studying for a Certificate III in Business and looking for work, said most people in town were “pretty much oblivious” to the rising tide of homelessness.

“Everyone looks down on you, like you’re bringing this on yourself. You walk around town, and feel sort of useless, to an extent,” she said.

“We have to stay in this area until David finishes his apprenticeship, that’s the only thing that’s keeping us here.

“I’ve been in Narooma my whole life. It’s a beautiful town, it’ll always be my home, but there’s nothing here.”

For now, the couple has been focussed on getting through winter, and not giving up on finding a home to rent.

“Soon, hopefully we’ll get a house, we’ll have a roof over our heads and I can keep working, then we can keep moving up from there,” David said.

“If we can get into a single rental, then get a good 12 months’ rental history, we can move on.”

“For the moment, home is this, this tent. But it’s hard to call it home.”







Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia when interviewed on SBS News said:

“We really need those three levels of government with leadership from the Federal Government to start to provide a supply of social housing.  The last injection we had was in the context of the GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS and around the 2008 period – that’s a long time ago!”  With a growing number of young and elderly women suffering …

Marrise Payne said the safety of women will be a priority for the Government …

*From 2011 to 2016, the number of people without stable housing in Australia increased by almost 14 per cent.

Which also happens to coincide with Federal Government policies:

-allowing developers to sell 100% of ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers

-the second tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation for the Real Estate Gatekeepers having been shelved for more than 12 years!

WHY is the Federal Government not tackling the problems whilst at the same time governments (and employers) are:

-embracing the removal of penalty rates 
-continue stripping away public ownership of assets
-refuse to stem the sale of Australian property and assets to foreign entities 


-suspiciously fail to introduce further Anti-Money Laundering rules to address an underlying weakness in the structure of our economy? 

.the Scomo Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers as recently as October 2018!  

AND with the Housing Boom particularly in New South Wales and Victoria due to the competition from foreign buyers rendering housing unaffordable for many Incumbents! 


Santilla Chingaipe 
is a journalist and documentary filmmaker.

Discussions about housing affordability have frequently omitted those who are most severely affected by the crisis: people experiencing homelessness.
Advocates in the homelessness sector are calling on the government to act. By Santilla Chingaipe.





Helen* moved to Melbourne from Adelaide in her late 30s for further study, excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of her. That soon changed when she realised how unaffordable the rental market was.

“I wanted to study at La Trobe, thinking I’d be easily housed because they had student accommodation and I didn’t have any real plans,” she says. “I realised quite quickly that wasn’t the case.”

Helen soon found herself moving around looking for a place to stay, instability that would see her end up in a homelessness service while struggling with mental health issues and an undiagnosed addiction. The homelessness service found Helen a place in women’s housing, but it didn’t work out.

“I couch-surfed until emergency accommodation became available and stayed there for a while,” she says. “Then got a transitional house for three months, and I moved into a bedsit, which was a better fit for me because I was in recovery.”

Helen says she had no idea she was homeless during that period.

“I didn’t make that connection because I thought, ‘I have somewhere to stay.’ I didn’t understand what the definition of being without a home was. I was also caught up with keeping up with my studies and it didn’t gel,” she adds.

Helen stayed at the bedsit for two years until a place became available that she could move into and she was relieved about finally having somewhere to call home. “I didn’t think I’d get it because I’d been knocked back for a whole range of reasons,” says Helen.

All told, the process of securing stable public housing took her about 10 years. And while things have turned around for her, an increasing number of young women are finding themselves in a similar situation. In Victoria, there are currently more than 80,000 people on the waiting list for public housing.

According to census data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2016, on any given night across Australia, 116,427 people are experiencing homelessnessnearly 46,000 of them women. And this is likely an undercount.

It is estimated that 20 per cent of Australia’s homeless population lives in Victoria, where data shows some 10,432 women are without shelter.


Homelessness is defined by the ABS in this way: “When a person does not have suitable accommodation alternatives they are considered homeless if their current living arrangement is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or has no tenure, or if their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or does not allow them to have control of, and access to space for social relations.”

*From 2011 to 2016, the number of people without stable housing in Australia increased by almost 14 per cent.

Women over 55 now represent the fastest-growing group of people experiencing homelessness in the country.

In the wake of the killing of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron last weekend, which has brought the national spotlight onto the issue of young women experiencing homelessness in Victoria, advocates in the homelessness sector are calling for more to be done to address what they say is a nationwide housing affordability crisis.

Friends and family have painted a picture of Herron as a trusting, loving person who found herself facing mental health and drug use issues, and housing instability in her early 20s. Friends have told the media the 25-year-old was couch-surfing and sleeping rough, trying to get into public housing.


A long shot of a group of logs under a tall tree in a park, with a police officer standing guard.


“The tragic death of Courtney Herron comes in the context of a housing affordability crisis right around the country. It’s not something that is specific to Victoria,” says Jenny Smith, the chief executive of the Council to Homeless Persons and the chair of Homelessness Australia.

“The reality of it is, 288,000 different people are fronting up to our homelessness services every year and half of them are women.”

Herron’s death also comes in the context of the national issue of violence against women – she was the 20th woman killed by violence in Australia this year, according to the Counting Dead Women project.

Jeanette Large is the chief executive of Women’s Property Initiatives – an organisation that provides long-term subsidised housing for women and children in Victoria. She says that compared with the number of men, the number of women accessing homelessness services has increased at a greater rate.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 57,000 women experiencing homelessness accessed these services in 2017-18, a spike of 36 per cent from 2013-14. The increase in the number of men was 27 per cent.

Large says the majority of women affected are in the 25- to 40-year-old category, with 40 women turned away every day in Victoria.

Mary Crooks, the executive director of the Victorian Women’s Trust, points to the fast-growing number of older women experiencing homelessness.

“There’s also an increase in the numbers of older women – women in their 50s, 60s, and beyond – and there are predictions that may well increase unless there are substantial interventions,” she says.

Crooks says there are many intersecting factors, including the large proportion of women who are relatively economically insecure.

“If you don’t have any buffer in savings or superannuation, all it takes is for one or two things to go pear-shaped and you’re down a slippery slope.”

Domestic violence also plays a role, as does underinvestment in public and social housing by successive governments.


Woman's hands clasped.

PHOTO: Domestic violence forced ‘Julia’ out of her home. (ABC News: Phoebe Hosier)

“We have relied on decades-old public housing, where the stock hasn’t increased substantially. But we are really lagging in social housing, lagging in co-operative models of housing,” says Crooks. “When older women or younger women need safe housing they don’t necessarily need three- or four-bedroomed houses. There’s a lot more imagination in investment required in social housing [that’s] fit for purpose, instead of following an old formula.”

Smith agrees with Crooks, but argues the debate around housing affordability is dominated by discourse about first-home owners and investors and neglects those on lower incomes.

“The market in Australia is complex and affects ordinary people. Then we have to recognise that through the last three decades of growth in our country the private property development industry has not taken care of people on low incomes and government has got out of [the] business of providing social housing,” she says.



Photo: The Urban Developer. Ivanhoe Place was an architect designed estate for a mere 25 years when it was sold off for private development. 3500 dwellings are planned of which 740 dwellings include affordable housing and 259 social homes; to be developed over 10 years


Smith says many people are quick to point to social problems with individuals to explain homelessness.

“We really struggle to connect the fact that housing is just not affordable to people on low incomes with our homelessness crisis. We seem to move more quickly to ‘is it a problem associated with a complexity with the person we’re looking at? A mental health problem or a drug and alcohol problem?’ – those sorts of complexities, rather than recognise that those difficulties are likely to make you poor,” she adds.

After spending several years homeless herself, Helen agrees that there are many misconceptions about why people end up without stable housing.

“I had these [mental health and addiction] issues before I found myself homeless, but it escalated because of that,” she says.

Helen says many people experiencing homelessness are usually struggling with other social problems.

“A lot of the times, housing is seen by itself. It’s not connected to your health and mental wellbeing. Those people deemed without a home for a long time have more than one issue going on. It’s not just they don’t have anywhere to live,” she says.

Smith says it is a misunderstanding that social housing is a state government issue.

She argues that all levels of government need to play a role in addressing the housing crisis.

“Our history in producing social housing has always been that the federal government provides that funding to the states and territories and usually asks them to match it. It’s done as a partnership and then local government comes to the party by providing land or planning concessions,” says Smith.

According to the Council to Homeless Persons, social housing makes up about 5 per cent of all dwellings in Australia, while in Victoria that figure sits at 3.44 per cent.

The Victorian minister for housing, Richard Wynne, told The Saturday Paper that the Andrews Labor government has committed more than $200 million for 1000 new public housing properties, which will house 1800 people.

He said the government has also committed more than $50 million in the state budget for homelessness services.

“We know family violence is a major contributor to homelessness – so this budget invests an additional $23.9 million to prioritise women and children escaping family violence and ensure they continue to receive the housing support they need,” Wynne said.

The new funding in the Victorian budget follows on from a $45 million homelessness and rough sleepers’ package announced in 2018, aimed at putting teams of outreach workers and supportive housing teams across the state and providing additional accommodation units and onsite support.

While Smith welcomes the investment, she says it is nowhere near enough to address the issue.

“Through history, Victoria has one of the lowest proportions of social housing in the country and that investment won’t stop us slipping further behind,” she says.

And for women who are vulnerable, as Helen once was, access to long-term housing makes it easier to get their lives back on track.

“My mental health has improved,” Helen says, since finding a place to live. “It hasn’t been an easy time but … I’ve had a lot of support behind me.”

* Surname withheld for privacy.

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Jun 1, 2019 as “Home remedies”. Subscribe here.






















“Homelessness epidemic” sweeps Sydney and Melbourne


By Leith van Onselen

Last year, Industry Super chief economist, Stephen Anthony, penned a detailed article in Fairfax warning of a “homelessness epidemic” in Sydney and Melbourne due to the serious lack of affordable and social housing.


Renters flock to an open inspection.

Renters flock to an open inspection


Now, a report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) estimates that the proportion of people experiencing homelessness in capital cities had increased from 48% to 63% over 2001 to 2016, concentrated in Sydney and Melbourne. From The Guardian:


Homelessness in cities, such as Melbourne, is increasing in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing.

 Homelessness in cities, such as Melbourne, is increasing in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The Ahuri study used census data dating back to 2001 to determine where people experiencing homelessness were living and how that has changed over time.

The problem of “rough sleeping has been transformed from a remote phenomenon to an urban phenomenon in the 15 years to 2016”, the report found.

“In 2001, roughly one-third of rough sleepers were located in capital cities, but in 2016 the share of rough sleepers in capital cities had reached nearly one-half of all rough sleepers,” the report said…

Parkinson said the study’s most “striking” finding was “the rate of overcrowding and how that is shaping a large part of homelessness growth”.

“Homelessness is rising in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing and higher median rents,” the study said. “This rise is most acute in capital city areas, specifically, Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.”

The report, undertaken by researchers from Swinburne and RMIT, identifies a “corridor” in Sydney, from the inner city westward where homelessness rates are particularly high.

It includes suburbs such as Marrickville, Canterbury, Strathfield, Auburn and Fairfield.

In Melbourne, suburban homelessness splays out in all directions, including hotspots such as Dandenong in the south-east, Maribyrnong and Brimbank in the west, and Moreland and Darebin in the north, and Whitehorse in the east…

Our cities are undergoing a major structural change that is widening inequality and it’s having a spatial effect,” she said.

“There needs to be a concerted effort to address that.”

Clearly, the epic population expansions in Sydney and Melbourne, which added 1.0 million and 1.3 million people respectively to each city over the past 14, is the key driver of both cities’ housing shortfalls, escalating housing costs, and rising homelessness:

And as we know, this population growth has been driven by the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy:

With Sydney’s and Melbourne’s populations projected to balloon to around 10 million in half-a-century, homelessness will only worsen:

It’s the federal government’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy that must first be stopped if a “homelessness epidemic” is to be prevented.

Overcrowded, illegal housing on the rise in Sydney due to poor affordability, report finds

AS revealed by Dr Gurran  …

‘with clear evidence of increasing illegal dwelling production in parts of Sydney … a rise in informal and insecure rental agreements … A lack of data about it means it’s a policy blindspot’

HOW can a ’roundtable on overcrowding’ lead to a good outcome?  

WHICH Lobbyist organisation is behind this? It was said to have been held in September 2018 … yet we cannot find any information about it … is this what happens behind closed doors in the NSW Parliament?

The new Minister for Housing Melinda Pavey was unavailable to provide an update 7 months on!

There had also been little update on a big data approach touted as the solution to cracking down on illegal boarding houses and slumlords taking advantage of desperate tenants.

WHAT lays behind this MESS are the Federal Liberal Coalition policies with the International Student scam and exploitation of Visa Workers … the FIRB ruling allowing developers to sell 100% of ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers, and Australian Real Estate awash with Black Money … RE Sector exempt from Anti-Money Laundering legislation as recently as October 2018! 

DID Prue Goward retire having killed off Public Housing in NSW by handing over much of it to ‘Link Housing’ and others … Link Housing which partners with property owners, investors, property developers, local government and charitable organisations?



An increasing number of people are turning to overcrowded or illegal housing, due to a lack of affordable options. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Overcrowded, illegal housing on the rise in Sydney due to poor affordability, report finds


ASK why is there a chronic shortage of affordable housing across Australia, and particularly in NSW?

DID this awful predicament escalate with the sell-off of NSW Public Housing Sites for private redevelopment since about 2012?  Cough … cough …

AND with 2.2 Million Visa Holders in Australia at any one time of which 1.6 Million are Visa workers all needing accommodation and obviously creating a rental shortage …

IT would appear to be remiss of the Scomo Guvmnt, wouldn’t it?

Jane is in receipt of the maximum dole of $350 a week but her rent is $375!

Her predicament could happen to any woman … despite having studied hard at university and cut out a career for herself … domestic violence tore her World apart …





A survey of almost 70,000 houses found that there is a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia.


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Jane is receiving more or less the maximum amount you can get on the dole – about $350 a week.

But her rent is $375.

To cover payments, her teenage daughter who lives with Jane and is on Austudy, contributes $100 a week.

“If my rent goes up, there is no way that I can afford it,” she said.

Jane has been on welfare since leaving an abusive relationship. Prior to her current rental she’d been homeless, lived in a refuge and at one point – lived in her car.

She’s tried finding work, ticking off 26 job applications last month alone.

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Jane struggles with the pressure to afford rent.
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“I just wonder why I ended up this way. I’d studied so hard at university. I’d really made my career and because domestic violence has had such a significant impact on my life,” she said.

“I’m living on the fringes of trying to get an education to get myself moving forward.”

A ‘chronic’ shortage of affordable housing across the country

Jane is not alone. Anglicare Australia studied 69,000 rental property listings across the country.

The results pointed to a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Not a single property was affordable for a single person either payments in any major city or regional centre

Only three share houses were affordable for a single person in a property or share house on Youth Allowance and Newstart.

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The Feed/Patrick Forrest


Rentals became more affordable for those with dependent children on Newstart and Disability Support Pension, but only a fraction of the rental market was available to that budget.

Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said the rental crisis is getting worse.

Housing in Australia is broken.

“Our figures show that affordability is down across the board,” Ms Chambers said.

“There is a huge shortage of secure, affordable rentals. That’s causing record levels of rental stress and even homelessness.

young homeless man sleeping on the street

Advocates say there is an affordable housing crisis in Australia.
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“And now we’re seeing older Australians getting stuck in expensive and insecure rentals – at a time in their life when they need stability more than ever.”

Chambers said the government must invest more in properties designed for those on very low incomes.

Our social housing shortfall is massive. We need 300,000 new social properties across Australia.

For Jane – who is still looking for work – the state of the rental market means even employment might not relieve the rental stress.

“The problem is that you still live with that fear of, ‘Will I be able to afford to stay here?'”.







WHY is there an under-supply of Public and/or Social Housing? Despite the housing boom of the past six years …

PERHAPS the sell-off of large Public Housing Estates exacerbated this?

AND the need will grow not only because Australians are subject to the lowest wages growth but due to the high influx of Visa holders … some 2.2 Million currently in Australia competing for housing and jobs …

A COST OF LIVING RALLY is to be held tonight 14 March 2019 at Sydney Town Hall 6.30 to 8.40 p.m.

-to call for at least 5000 new social housing homes to be built across NSW each year

-2400 community leaders and members will call for government action on housing insecurity, rental affordability and energy costs




Sydney has a huge backlog in social and affordable housing thanks to decades of undersupply, researchers have found. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Sydney faces shortfall of more than 200,000 homes for low to moderate-income earners, report shows



TASMANIAN PREMIER Will Hodgman rejoiced in the population growth brought on by Chinese interest in Tasmanian real estate …

Tasmania’s population is growing at its fastest rate in five years and the State Government wants to see more of it…

DESPITE the housing shortage this has produced for the Incumbents!

-many now living in tents with a 5 – 10 year Public Housing waiting list

-those seeking rental properties are competing with 30 other people ahead of them

NEWS 24 Sunday 10 March 2019 evening news … it was reported that House Vendors were only accepting “cash” … indicative of the widespread laundering of black money in our Real Estate

We note this was not reported on ABC NEWS 21 on Sunday evening 10 March 2019!

FYI:  The Real Estate Gatekeepers as recently as October 2018 were EXEMPTED from the second tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation by the Scomo Government …

-allowing the onshore Proxy, Syndicates, Property Alliances to launder the black money from overseas in Aussie Real Estate

THE PROPERTY COUNCIL is no doubt keen to fast track more builds … will the ALP and Greens Representatives get a seat at the table to ensure housing solutions for the tent dwellers and homeless?  

Tasmanian Government announces emergency housing summit as shortage worsens




The Tasmanian Government will host an emergency housing summit next week, as families continue to struggle to find shelter in the state’s capital.

Premier Will Hodgman is promising to consult experts to find an “immediate solution” to the crisis.

Families have been camped out at the Hobart Showgrounds, with welfare groups admitting they are at a loss to find a solution.

Mr Hodgman said the summit would be held in Hobart next week to bring together experts from across the state.

“Today, we will be extending an invitation to peak bodies like TasCOSS and Shelter Tasmania, as well as key stakeholders from the housing, building and construction, property, real estate, local government, non-government and university sectors,” Mr Hodgman said.

“By working together, I am confident we can identify practical actions that provide immediate assistance to Tasmanians in need.

“It is not acceptable for Tasmanians to live in tents because they cannot find an affordable home.”

The Government has committed to building 1,500 more affordable homes, but concedes immediate action was needed.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston told ABC Radio Hobart affordable housing had been a key focus for the council.

Alderman Johnston said the council had been working with the Hobart City Council on long-term plans to unlock unused land for affordable housing to be built.

“Right now we are seeing a crisis and that needs an immediate response, especially as we’re approaching winter where it’s unacceptable to have people sleeping in tents,” she said.

She said it was “heartbreaking” to see families camped at the showgrounds.

Summit overdue: Labor


Labor housing spokesman Josh Willie said the summit was overdue.

Labor has a constructive role to play when it comes to housing and therefore would like a seat at the table at next week’s summit,” Mr Willie said.

A bipartisan approach to the housing crisis is in Tasmania’s best interests.

“Everything needs to be put on the table before we can establish a consensus on the best way forward.”

The Greens’ Cassy O’Connor welcomed the summit and wants to be included.

“To ensure the path ahead is collaborative and solutions focused, and [this summit] doesn’t become a political football, we encourage the Premier to include the Greens and Labor in the conversation,” she said.

“We also strongly urge the Liberals to commit to substantial investment in quality social housing and be open to innovative housing solutions.”

Ms O’Connor said there were about 1,000 liveable spaces above shops in the CBD that could be converted to housing.






*Campaign spokeswoman Kate Colvin said western Sydney electorates had absorbed a disproportionate share of Sydney’s population growth, which had helped drive demand for rental properties.

-in Fowler, rents increased by nearly 30 per cent between 2011 and 2016

-incomes for the lowest income household increased by just 5 per cent

-rental stress was also driving a rise in homelessness

WITH NSW INC selling off much of Our Public Housing Estates, the Federal LNP government high immigration, Visa manipulation policies this comes as no surprise …

AND a fix through Government involvement in re-building Public Housing, quality affordable rental accommodation that allows tenants to save a home deposit, and homes for First Home Buyers would create jobs and improve our economy!



Western Sydney’s rental stress is nation’s worst, new report warns


A For Lease sign advertising a rental property

Rental stress has been highlighted in a report commissioned by UNSW.



Western Sydney has been revealed as Australia’s epicentre of rental stress — home to four of the country’s top six property pressure points, according to a new report.


The Federal electorate of Fowler is the nation’s worst for rental stress, while McMahon (third), Blaxland (fifth) and Watson (sixth) are also near the top of the list.

NSW electorates took 11 of the top 20 places on the national rental stress table, with the seats held by Labor or National Party MPs.

Rental stress occurs when a person in the bottom percent of earners pays more than a third of their income on rent.

The Everybody’s Home Campaign, a coalition of not-for-profits seeking to end homelessness, commissioned the report from the University of New South Wales.

They said the analysis busts the myth that housing affordability is an inner-city issue.

*Campaign spokeswoman Kate Colvin said western Sydney electorates had absorbed a disproportionate share of Sydney’s population growth, which had helped drive demand for rental properties.

“In Fowler, rents increased by nearly 30 per cent between 2011 and 2016 and incomes for the lowest income household increased by just 5 per cent,” she said.

“It means a growing number of people are being stretched to the limits of what they can pay for rents and are often doing without meals and other essential items.”

Fowler’s population grew by over 15,000 people between 2011 and 2016, Blaxland by 16,000, McMahon by 22,000 people and Watson by 13,000 — compared to Warringah with an increase of just 534 people or Hughes with an increase of 2,600 people.

Rental stress was also driving a rise in homelessness.

In south western Sydney for example, homelessness increased by 61 per cent over a five year period.

woman with short hair smiling

PHOTO CEO of Everybody’s Home Campaign, Kate Colvin.


The CEO of Shelter NSW, Karen Walsh, said low income households were vulnerable to homelessness because of a shortage of low-cost housing.

“They just need something to go wrong in their life, their working hours might be reduced, they might lose their job, if their car breaks down or they’ve got a particular expense to pay, that actually puts them backwards,” Ms Walsh said.

Ms Walsh said the NSW Government needed to increase the supply of social housing by at least 5,000 homes a year for next 10 years to help take pressure off.

The Everybody’s Home Campaign has also called on State and Federal governments to increase the supply of social housing.






AS spelt out previously … the calls from the NSW Premier and the PM to cut migration are nothing but a charade … a reduction of 30 thousand permanent migrants is three fifths of nothing!

-with 2.2 MILLION Visa Holders in Australia including 1.6 Million Visa workers

160,000 migrants to Australia this year

Of course the greedy developer lobby, the Property Council of Australia, deny the impact of their high growth agenda, and want more!

WHY is it that since 2011 to date having prospered from the overseas sell-off, the developer lobby could not see their way to developing public housing and deliver beyond 5,000 dwellings per year for the next 10 years?

HOW can a mere 3,400 new dwellings funded by the government solve the issue with a Sydney shortage of 80,000 social/public housing properties and 56,000 shortage across NSW?


WHY cannot the charities/social housing groups look beyond the developer driven model of adding on a small quantity of public come social housing/affordable housing onto their massive Precinct developments?

IT is the high population growth of both permanent migration and VISA MANIPULATION that has displaced the incumbents from housing!



‘Sydney’s not full’: Alliance formed to combat anti-population push

Recent calls by Gladys Berejiklian and Scott Morrison to slow the migration intake into Sydney and NSW have prompted a coalition of housing groups – from welfare agencies to the developer lobby – to hit back, claiming that focusing on migration rates deflects from what governments should be doing.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have proposed slowing migration rates into NSW.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have proposed slowing migration rates into NSW.CREDIT:FAIRFAX MEDIA


The so-called Good Growth Alliance will push for a housing summit to be held within 100 days of the March election to help re-set the state’s policies on housing and planning, which the Alliance claims has been derailed into a discussion about whether or not Sydney is full.

“A – Sydney’s not full,” said Jane Fitzgerald, the executive director of the Property Council NSW.

“B – if we say that it is, we won’t plan for growth, and that will be a disaster.”



Wendy Hayhurst, the chief executive of the Community Housing Industry Association, said in the past her group would probably not have joined forces with the range of other entities in the Alliance.

“We would have ploughed our own furrows,” said Ms Hayhurst.

However the organisations have been drawn together in response to suggestions made recently by both the Premier and the Prime Minister that one solution to Sydney’s congestion growing pains would be to slow migration rates.

“What I’m looking at is who is winning in this argument – it’s not you, and it’s not me,” said Ms Hayhurst. “The government is actually abrogating its responsibilities to plan Sydney properly.”

The proposal for a post-election summit is one of 10 points agreed upon by Alliance members, who also include Shelter NSW, Homelessness NSW, the Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber.

*Other points agreed on by the groups include the need to deliver at least 5000 extra social housing dwellings per year for the next 10 years, establishing a goal of ending homelessness in NSW by 2028, and conducting an inquiry into funding for community infrastructure, including developer contributions.

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*In relation to social or public housing for low-income tenants, the government’s Social and Affordable Housing Fund aims to create about 3400 new dwellings, with a seed-funding of $1.1 billion.

But group members said the size of the problem outweighed the program.

*For instance, a recent study by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute found that there is a shortage in Sydney of 80,000 social housing properties, and 56,000 shortage across the rest of the state.

Ms Fitzgerald said a “large-scale social housing program” would be useful during a period in which the residential property market has hit the wall in Sydney.

“Now is the right time to make decisions about how are we going to keep housing being delivered through the downturn,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

Ms Hayhurst said the government’s existing program was “nowhere near enough” for the size of the social housing need.

*For the housing groups that have joined the Alliance, one of the problems with the recent rhetoric about slowing population growth is that it obscures the need for state and council politicians and public servants to talk to communities about where extra housing in Sydney should be delivered.

Mr Morrison has said he would cut the migration intake, partly on the basis that Sydney’s roads, buses and trains are “clogged” or “full”. Ms Berejiklian has said population growth in NSW should “take a breather”.

Asked on Sunday what she would say to critics concerned that blaming population growth for problems in Sydney deflected attention from what her government should be doing, Ms Berejiklian said: “I would be irresponsible if I did not identify the issues that matter to our communities.

“People are concerned about the character of their environments, people are concerned about their quality of life moving forward, and so am I,” she said.

(After the fact of the demolition and destruction with the loss of our quality of life

A spokesman for Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said the minister would be keen to hear from and talk to the Good Growth Alliance.








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HOW did this come about?

Was this pulled off by a Lobbyist Group expanding a campaign to unite Sydneysiders to oppose the growth lobby?

By meeting with MPs, and Shadow Ministers and with the “Social Housing” Sector?

Is a uniting of the developer lobby with charities credible?

When the Property Council of Australia and the Urban Taskforce have pulled off the biggest STING of selling Australian Housing overseas, locking out a Whole Cohort of Australians from the Housing Market, whereby the NSW Government has sold off much of its Public Housing;  to palm off tenants to the “Social Housing” Sector of charities, with 190,000 people on the Public Housing Waiting List and more than half of the 116,000 Homeless People in NSW.

Developers want A Global Sydney by 2050 … isn’t this more about expanding their development opportunities with avenues of social, affordable, key worker and Build-to-Rent?

This has all the hallmarks of the Greater Sydney Con “speak”  with 30 minute cities, but now they want more new station precincts and public transport corridors …for the development of compact residential, commercial, community, education and health hubs by enforceable key performance indicators for development approvals.

The “bottom line” being “better growth” … with questions to be addressed by The Property Council of Australia …

More of the same!





  • The Property Council has partnered with five other organisations to form the Good Growth Alliance
  • The Alliance will advocate for better growth for Sydney and NSW
  • The Alliance has ten proposals that it is asking the NSW Government and Opposition to consider.

Sydney’s peak industry bodies and NGO leaders have joined forces to promote the benefits of well-planned growth in Sydney and wider NSW.

The Property Council, the Committee for Sydney and the Sydney Business Chamber together with the Community Housing Industry Association of NSW, Homelessness NSW and Shelter NSW have formed the Good Growth Alliance.

The Good Growth Alliance has ten proposals for the NSW Government, which it believes, will create a better Sydney and a stronger NSW.

This includes holding a Good Growth Summit within 100 days of the 2019 NSW Election, so communities, industry and government can collaborate more strongly on making Sydney a sustainable, liveable global city by 2050.

The nine other points include:

  1. Boosting housing and driving a renewed policy focus by developing an evidence-based NSW Housing Strategy and funded action plan to increase the supply of social, affordable, key worker and ‘at market’ housing including build-to-rent.
  2. Taking the lead on housing issues by appointing a Minister for Housing to deliver the NSW Housing Strategy and establish a multi-sector advisory council.
  3. Delivering at least 5000 additional social housing dwellings per year for the next 10 years by introducing a Capital Growth Fund to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
  4. Reducing homelessness by committing to an action plan that addresses the key causes of homelessness with the goal of ending homelessness in NSW by 2028.
  5. Planning for growth and equity by ensuring new communities have the same access to public transport, employment, education and community infrastructure as established communities.
  6. Supporting better innovation and design in housing by establishing a housing innovation fund and investigate regulatory barriers to delivering innovative models and design options that improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of living.
  7. Delivering a 30-minute city by identifying existing and new public transport corridors and station precincts that can accommodate the needs and aspirations of existing communities and support the development of compact residential, commercial, community, education and health hubs.
  8. Inspiring community and industry confidence in the planning system by introducing enforceable key performance indicators for Development Approvals at a local and state level.
  9. Conducting an inquiry into the current funding for social and economic infrastructure in growing communities, including developer contributions, with the aim of providing industry and community greater certainty and consistency.


The ten points seek to support the good work already underway through the Greater Sydney Commission in Metropolitan Sydney.

As Sydney and wider NSW continues to change and grow, it is critical that we show leadership on the key issues that will ensure we achieve good growth; growth that is equitable, sustainable and liveable.

Any Questions?

Media release here



Ten proposals document here

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