O'Farrell Government planning to evict pensioners from their homes as part of Barangaroo urban reconstruction

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The O'Farrell Government is set to evict elderly and disadvantaged tenants from 250 homes in Millers Point - in a greedy grab for cash that was never part of the plan for the landmark Barangaroo urban reconstruction.

It was today revealed the Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce is preparing to kick out residents of 250 social housing properties at Millers Point, so their homes can be sold off as the Barangaroo urban reconstruction takes place.

Mr Pearce has confirmed the O'Farrell Government is looking to force people out of their homes on the pretence of it being part of the Barangaroo reconstruction:

 

"We need to be able to look at the future of that public housing [at Millers Point] in the context of the development at Barangaroo."

(Greg Pearce, The Australian, 25 October 2012)

 

"No part of the Barangaroo reconstruction ever involved evicting elderly and disadvantaged people from their homes," Shadow Minister for Planning, Luke Foley said today.

"The Crown proposal for a six star hotel and VIP gaming facility has never involved evicting elderly and disadvantaged people from social housing.

"This is a greedy grab for cash by the Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce."

Shadow Minister for Housing, Sophie Cotsis said: "The O'Farrell Government is trying to use the development of nearby Barangaroo as an excuse to sell off the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in Sydney."

"I've met with residents in Millers Point this afternoon and they are very distressed the O'Farrell Government is going to force them out of their homes.

"Barangaroo is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Sydney, but it shouldn't be used as an excuse by the O'Farrell Government to kick pensioners out of their homes."