The sound of chainsaws close by made me rush upstairs to see what was happening.
The Aboriginal Housing Company is seeking to revise its plans for student housing along the railway line to pay for the Pemulwuy Project.
The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) last month obtained a Supreme Court order to remove protestors from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at The Block.
On Monday May 26 a tent embassy was established on The Block. Aboriginal protesters and their supporters call for the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) to build Aboriginal housing on The Block as the first stage of the Pemulwuy Project. Long-held grievances with respect to the AHC administration and lack of transparency were also cited.
July 25 marked the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Housing Company and its long-term commitment to the provision of affordable housing for Aboriginal people.
REDFERN: While film director and photographer Ben Lawrence didn’t grow up in Redfern he developed a keen interest in the suburb and the people living there when his company relocated from Surry Hills. His own grandmother, born in 1920 on what was to become The Block, grew up and worked in Redfern, and he became really interested to find out more about her story.
The Big Issue is Australia’s leading social enterprise. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that develops solutions to help homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people positively change their lives. The Big Issue magazine is published fortnightly and sold on the streets by vendors who purchase copies for $3 and sell them for $6, keeping the difference.
It is understandable the installation of an Automatic Syringe Dispensing Machine (ASDM) outside the Redfern Community Health Centre has raised community concerns and questions. The issues around illicit drug use are broad and complex, and have been the focus of tensions for many years around the Needle Bus on The Block. Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has a responsibility to engage the community and to help facilitate community dialogue and understanding, not just to ensure harm minimisation.
If Col James had a passion, it was undoubtedly housing – not just the creation of a building but adding to the lives of so many, often vulnerable people who longed for a home. He used his architectural skills to engage with all sorts of groups of people – students, Aboriginal communities and the homeless. Gentle soul that he was, he was still a very determined fighter.
REDFERN: The Pemulwuy project Development Application was approved on December 21.