Public housing sell-off in Casino sparks outrage
HOUSING NSW continues to sell off properties in Casino, despite a public outcry over the six-year public housing waiting list.
In the past two years, Housing NSW has sold six properties in the Casino area, a decision that has confounded Casino Neighbourhood Centre Manager Noeline Olive.
“We need more public housing in the area, not less,” she said.
“The Department of Housing was supposedly set up to help the disadvantaged, but waiting lists this long are just ridiculous.”
A spokesperson for Housing NSW said it was selling a number of three-bedroom properties in the North Casino area and replacing them with one and two-bedroom homes.
With an aging population and a trend toward smaller households there is an even greater demand for small units, the spokesperson said.
However, this rationale was flawed, according to Ms Olive, who said the majority of clients she helped apply for public housing were families who required at least three bedrooms. She said many Housing NSW clients she knew of were living in homes with inadequate space for the needs of their family.
Casino LJ Hooker real estate agent Tony Harvey also found Housing NSW's comments surprising, as he had not noticed a market trend toward demand for one and two-bedroom homes. “It sounds like a morally bankrupt decision from a financially bankrupt government,” he said.
Housing NSW said money raised from the sale of property would be invested back into Casino housing projects, such as the 10-unit project being built in McDougall Street.