Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson clarifies the type of affordable housing sought by Randwick Council in the Kensington and Kingsford town centres – February 7th 2017

Can Randwick Councillors use a better type of affordable housing to allow essential workers to afford to rent in the eastern suburbs areas that they work in?

Dear NeighboursNotStrangers

Re: your media release of today.

I agree with your petition against the abuse of short term leasing and I have signed it.

But I am worried that you might be mixing up two different forms of affordable housing when you refer to today’s SMH article.

The affordable housing type that will be allowed along the Anzac Parade corridor will be given to Randwick City Council to own and administer.

Can Randwick Councillors use a better type of affordable housing to bring essential workers into local housing?

Can Randwick Councillors use a better type of affordable housing to allow essential workers to afford to rent in the eastern suburbs areas that they work in?

These are controlled by State Environmental Planning Policy No 70—Affordable Housing (Revised Schemes) otherwise known as SEPP 70.

If you look at clause 9 of SEPP 70 you will see that at present it only applies to the Councils of the City of South Sydney, City of Sydney, City of Willoughby and Leichhardt (now abolished). But Randwick will be added to this list.

The challenge for Councillors is to accept this permanent version of affordable housing with out allowing a relaxation of our development controls.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson@murraymatson



Tuesday, 07 February 2017


Residential Housing is for the housing of Residents

Today the Sydney Morning Herald reports 200 new affordable homes for your LGA. Airbnb/Stayz combined have already taken 2,657 homes from Randwick Council Residents.

The Community group Neighbours Not Strangers asks Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Ministers Dominello, Roberts, Perrottet and Kean to ensure that there are no retrospective changes to Zoning and Planning Legislation governing our homes and home lives.  Borrowing from our Californian friends:

In 1926 an Ohio realty company challenged the concept of zoning.  It wanted to lease land in a residential zone to hotels and other businesses.  Zoning laws, it argued, unfairly diminished the value of its property.  The US Supreme Court rejected that challenge, saying that non-residential uses may have an increasingly deleterious impact on a residential district “until, finally, the residential character of the neighborhood and its desirability as a place of residence is utterly destroyed”.

Property Owners and Tenants choose to live in Residential Dwellings and Residential Areas.  A NSW Parliamentary Hearing Committee has recommended that, despite having purchased or rented a home or an apartment, we should all now live in unregulated quasi-Hotels and Transit Zones, sharing endless drunken parties, higher levies, taxes, insurance premiums and levels of criminality.

NO:  We don’t want our home lives, buildings, communities, towns and cities utterly destroyed.

Randwick Council has 2,657 tourist/visitor lets on Airbnb/Stayz; only 501 homes are advertised for rent on Domain

Photo credit:  http://insideairbnb.com/sydney/


Trish Burt Convener

Neighbours Not Strangers

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