Reader warns against Cloverdale public housing sale

Family needs a home

THE report in last week’s edition headlined ‘A call to sell state house,’, said that the Liberal MP for Belmont, Glenys Godfrey, asked the Housing Minister Bill Marmion to put a Homeswest property in Cloverdale on the market in an attempt to address anti-social behaviour, by reducing public housing concentrations in the area.

Why does Ms Godfrey believe that the disruptive behaviour that previously came from that property warrants it being sold?

Is it really concern for people on the waiting list for public housing, or is she suggesting that people who live in public housing are the problem when it comes to anti-social behaviour?

Most thinking people realise that public housing tenants don’t have a mortgage on bad behaviour.

Ms Godfrey believes that by selling the Cloverdale property the money could be used to buy new housing stock in an area with a lower state housing presence.

Ms Godfrey, the sale of one property in Cloverdale would be a Band-Aid on a huge weeping sore ” something of a national disgrace.

In a country as wealthy as Australia, there are about 225,000 people waiting for public housing and here in Western Australia there are something like 25,000 applications on the public housing waiting list.

If Ms Godfrey is so concerned about the length of public housing waiting lists, why doesn’t her Government start seriously investing in public housing that is accessible, affordable, secure, comfortable and in locations that provide good access to employment, healthcare, public transport, schools and other social facilities?

Come on Ms Godfrey, please get serious and leave 408 Daly Street alone ” some family needs a home in Cloverdale.