The Sydney Alliance recently secured a key joint meeting in Ryde with the state MP and the local Mayor to discuss how they can work together to improve lower-income-affordable housing.
The agreement came at the end of a lively public forum on September 24 at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, co-hosted by the Sydney Alliance with St Vincent de Paul Society and Uniting.
The forum packed a function room at the club with almost 150 people - including the Alliance and its partners and over twenty local organisations.
Local renters including carers and teachers told of their struggles with rising rents and unfair “no grounds” evictions. Planning expert, Prof Peter Phibbs of the University of Sydney, outlined recent research showing the impacts of housing unaffordability on people’s working lives.
Vinnies CEO, Jack de Groot, outlined their and Sydney Alliance’s campaign to secure meaningful quotas of affordable units in new developments, and to end unfair evictions.
Speaking at the forum, Mr Victor Dominello (Liberal MP for Ryde and NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property) and Cr Jerome Laxale (Labor Mayor of Ryde) blamed each other's governments for holdups in provision of new affordable housing.
But at the end of the event they agreed with Magnus Linder, co-chair of the Sydney Alliance Affordable Housing campaign team, to meet with the Alliance to explore ways of increasing the provision of affordable rental, and speeding up its approval, through state legislation and local policies.
Says Magnus Linder: “We appreciate how these two politicians have reached out to embrace this opportunity.
It has the potential to set the pattern for state and local governments to work together with their community and civil society to achieve better and fairer outcomes for all.”