Marrickville Council commits to strong action on affordable housing
Feb 2013, Marrickville Council this week voted in favour of Greens’ Notices of Motion to urgently act on the inner west affordable housing crisis.
The two Notices of Motion submitted by Greens Marrickville Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore were to establish a bi-partisan affordable housing committee and require Council to more actively pursue options for affordable housing on the Old Marrickville Hospital site.
The Greens’ motions were passed at this week’s Council meeting because they were supported by all political parties. They were opposed by the Conservative Independent Mayor Victor Macri, who was in the minority.
The decision of the Council means that Marrickville Council now has an Affordable Housing Committee Co-Chaired by Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore and ALP Clr Jo Haylen, an affordable housing officer and will begin actively pursuing partnerships with community housing providers and others who can provide advice and expertise on the best ways to create meaningful affordable housing at the Old Marrickville Hospital Site.
Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said: “Rents have doubled in five years. I, like other local residents, know too many young couples who have been forced to leave our community because they can’t afford to raise a family here.
“The Old Marrickville Hospital site is of our best opportunities as a Council to be proactive in addressing the inner-west affordable housing crisis.
“Research undertaken by the Greens and included with the Greens’ Notices of Motion demonstrate the depth of the housing crisis in the inner west and a range of successful models which other Local Councils have implemented in partnership with community housing providers.
“The Greens research shows we can deliver significant new affordable housing, while strengthening the Council’s budget bottom line. It also identify the risks and danger for Councils when entering Public Private Partnerships with private developers that involve the sell-off of public land.
“We need to be smarter about how we deal with the Old Marrickville Hospital site – the largest development project Council has planned for this term.
““I very excited that the Council has committed to moving forward in a bipartisan way. We need to work together if we are to defend the diversity and inclusiveness of our local areas, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to do that,” said Clr Ellsmore.
Media contact: Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213
Copies of the Notices of Motion are available at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/greens-push-affordable-housing-vision-for-marrickville-hospital-site/