Housing Ministers fail to address unsafe living conditions at Reid housing complex


The Labor-Greens Government continues to ignore repeated calls by the Canberra Liberals to address unsafe living conditions in public housing properties across the ACT.

Canberra Liberals Leader and Member for Kurrajong Elizabeth Lee raised concerns about unliveable conditions at a housing complex in Reid almost four months ago which are yet to be addressed by the government.

Ms Lee said she wrote to the Minister for Housing Services in February to repair mould throughout the flats, dead birds in the roof cavities and maggots falling from the ceiling.

“It is extremely disappointing and concerning to see houses in the ACT in this condition,” Ms Lee said.

“It is even more concerning that both Housing Ministers seem completely uninterested in fixing them.

“It has now been 120 days since I personally wrote to the Minister for Housing Services, and still no action has been taken.

“Long-term residents of Kanangra Court have been raising these issues with Housing ACT for three years, and while they are being told that it is being dealt with, there is no action being taken to bring these houses up to a safe standard of living.

“I wrote a follow up letter to the Housing Minister a month ago to check on the progress which I am yet to get a reply; it appears when it comes to public housing properties in the ACT this government simply does not care.”

Shadow Minister for Housing Mark Parton said there are serious issues affecting countless public housing properties across the ACT and most Canberrans would be horrified to see the state of these houses.

“Labor and the Greens blocked the Canberra Liberals’ calls for an urgent repair and upgrade program and have rejected every accountability measure we have put forward,” said Mr Parton.

“These are some of our most vulnerable Canberrans, and they cannot continue to be left behind by this government.

“Once again I call on the government to ensure all significant public housing maintenance requests, including those for health and safety defects be resolved as quickly as possible.” Mr Parton concluded.