I propose that many
of our Housing Commission Tenants be offered the opportunity to buy
their homes, through a ‘Rent to Buy’ scheme. The funds raised
could be used to build more housing that is affordable for the thousands
of families in NSW that cannot afford to buy a home at today’s high
prices. I will advocate for such a scheme to be available through the
There are still many
people in NSW who have been on the Housing list for over ten years!
Therefore there is a definite need to build more state housing as
shelter is a basic human right. I propose a review of the policies
of the Department of Housing, to ensure a fairer system. Youth Services are
sadly lacking in the South West of Sydney. The Youth in this area
need to be engaged and occupied to lessen the tendency of young people
to gather in ‘gangs’ and get into trouble. If there were more Youth
Programs and Services and Centres or Clubs, that attracted good
attendance, then surely there would be less graffiti, which of course
costs the community large amounts of money in cleaning. The
establishment of Youth Centres will be an urgent and high priority for
I propose that there
should be better rehabilitation and reintegration programs for Juveniles
being released from incarceration and a concerted effort to give them a
real purpose in life so that they are not tempted into re-offending.
I will work to establish services for these Campbelltown youth.
In many areas
transport is a real problem. For example in Campbelltown East,
Ruse, Kentlyn, Minto Heights and Upper Leumeah, the private bus services
are sporadic, with people waiting for hours to get anywhere. If
there is no other available transport, then Government Buses should be
provided to these areas to ensure a more reliable service to isolated
residents. I will advocate for this.
More adequate and
efficient home care services for the elderly still living in their own
homes is needed. I also propose that to offer seniors a free
gardening/ handyman service in Campbelltown.
Many disabled people
who live at home, are waiting on a long list for home care and/or the
provision of adequate wheelchairs. This is an unacceptable
situation and I propose that it be given a priority status with some
Workers in Disability
and Hospitals need an urgent pay review. Their jobs are very
challenging, yet their pay scales are below par. These workers
need to work very long hours just to obtain a enough salary for an
adequate existence. This is just not good enough for people who
supply such essential services.
There definitely needs to be more
beds allocated to Public Hospitals in the area (Campbelltown and Camden)
as the waiting lists to get into Hospital are long and this is causing a
lot of distress to not only the sick residents, but also their families.
Also there should be more Doctors allocated to the Emergency
The number of very sick patients waiting for many hours to be seen on
weeknights and weekends is truly shocking.