In Parliament

Constituency Question - New Street Public Housing Re-development


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (11:39):

My constituency question is to the Premier, and I ask: can the Premier confirm that his government has appointed a Caulfield resident to chair the Brighton community consultative committee for the New Street public housing redevelopment?

Brighton residents are angry about the proposed New Street redevelopment. They are angry that the government is allowing developers to build several towering apartment blocks in our suburb.

And they are angry that despite the government’s guarantee to increase public housing at the site, we know there will be no actual increase. There will be more apartments but the same number of public housing beds.

To add insult to injury, the government recently sent a taxpayer-funded newsletter, stating that Labor MP Nina Taylor would chair the community consultative committee.

Residents are up in arms and have letter-boxed homes across Brighton with a letter stating that the chair of the Brighton community consultative committee ‘does not even reside in Bayside, let alone in Brighton!’

I look forward to being an active participant in the community consultation process and look forward to the Premier’s response.