The following questions asked in Parliament by Greens MLC, Sylvia Hale, will hopefully sort out the spin from the substance regarding the proposed affordable housing project in Glebe. Answers will be provided on June 17.
Sylvia and I collaborated on the questions after I raised concerns about the misleading manner in which this project was announced. That story can be seen on this website under the heading:
Lord Mayor and CEO Mislead Public and Councillors on Affordable Housing.
1741—GLEBE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT
Ms Hale to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Energy, Minister for Mineral Resources, and Minister for State Development representing the Minister for Housing, Minister for Tourism—
In relation to the Glebe Affordable Housing project as proposed by Sydney City Council and the State Government
1. How many Department of Housing dwellings are to be demolished?
2. How many Department of Housing dwellings are to be created?
1. Will this result in a net loss or net gain of units?
2. How many units will be lost/gained?
2. How will new affordable housing units be managed?
1. Which organisation or agency will manage them?
3. If the affordable housing creates a revenue stream, will it be reinvested into more affordable housing?
1. If so, will this be in Glebe, or in another area?
2. If not, why not?
4. What does “private housing sales” mean?
5. How many of the 700 forecasted dwellings will be “private housing sales”?
6. Will there be caveats on any resale to maintain long-term affordability?
7. Given this is public land will the “private housing” purchasers be able to sell for a capital gain, or will there be conditions placed on resale, for example caveats, to maintain affordability?
1. If not, what restrictions, if any, are attached to these “private” dwellings?
8. Will there be any sales at market price?
1. If so, what percentage of the total?