Butler secures funding for Social Housing
One of the ways that I have to highlight the issues in Barwon is to ask the Government, Questions on Notice. During 2020 I have been asking the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services and the Minister for Water, Property and Housing questions about the availability of social housing, questioning waiting times and maintenance issues in Barwon. You can view those questions here, here and here.
Things that we take for granted, like having a working air conditioner when the temperature soars in the spring, summer months, or having enough bedrooms and living spaces to accommodate our families when they grow. Research tells us that high temperatures and overcrowding in our homes contributes to poorer health outcomes and can impact children’s physical health and educational achievements.
If you are waiting for an offer of social housing in the Barwon electorate, you may have to wait up to two years for a one bedroom property and up to five years for a house with multiple bedrooms. These wait times are not acceptable.
That’s why, I was delighted to see new capital works funding allocated to the Aboriginal Housing Office and $1.8 million in new funding provided to the Land and Housing Corporation, to improve and upgrade social housing assets in Broken Hill, Walgett and Wilcannia. This is a direct result of my advocacy to the NSW Government.