Save our homes.

Save our homes.

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Bob Everitt started this petition to State Planning Commission of South Australia and

Develop With Dignity

No Compulsory Relocations

Give tenants the dignity of choice

Oaklands Park is undergoing a redevelopment without regard for the welfare of current residents. The business case and development plan for the redevelopment also contain many basic errors, as highlighted in the video:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Jh3Damusp9LBhfcMRQbBw

 

You can contact me or follow developments on my facebook page:

facebook.com/myoaklandspark

or by email:

myoaklandspark@gmail.com

Developers claim the project is “primarily and fundamentally …. to improve the homes, lives and health conditions of social housing tenants within the area.”

and

" to provide fit for purpose homes for the tenants who will occupy them, enabling residents to age in place with dignity and independence."

 

But the developers are also forcing all current social housing residents to abandon our homes, in many cases homes several decades. We are elderly, disabled, and ill. Our needs for quality of life and health are being ignored.

Why are we denied the dignity and independence of ageing in the place we currently call home?

The quality of life, health and dignity of ageing in place is being reserved only for future tenants - and not the current ones.

This is unfair and cruel. Doubly so during a period of global pandemic when we are keeping our distance to protect one another from a virus that is especially dangerous to people who are elderly and ill.

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We petition the state government of South Australia:

1. to support all tenants who wish to relocate out of the area

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2. to support all tenants who wish to remain and continue to age in their current home.

NO FORCED RELOCATIONS!

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“Little India” is a public housing area in the north-east corner of Oaklands Park, South Australia, so named after its Indian street names, such as Rajah Street.

“Much of the housing stock is in poor condition.”

That’s not just my opinion. That’s a quote from the Development Plan Amendment (DPA) document promoted by the state government, who are also the landlord.

Residents have suffered from inadequate maintenance of their homes for decades, resulting in the current poor condition of the homes, which the government itself acknowledges. Furthermore, about 15 years ago the City of Marion council identified this area as the most socially disadvantaged in the whole council area.

Many vulnerable people live in the area: people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions, frail elderly people who have lived here for decades.

The government proposes to demolish almost all of the homes and build a new, much higher density, housing estate in its place. They are proposing to force all current tenants to move home.

This is very cruel. The stress of leaving one’s home, sometimes of many decades, is extreme. It is unfair to place that burden on the most vulnerable people in our community who deserve the peace of mind and dignity of being able to live the remainder of their lives in their current homes and beloved gardens.

This is the least the government owes us after decades of neglect.

Junction (the proposed tenancy managers) have informed me that many tenants wish to relocate out of the area, which should free up plenty of homes for demolition, provide open corridors and large spaces for progressive redevelopment.

The director of the development informed me the project is “primarily and fundamentally …. to improve the homes, lives and health conditions of social housing tenants within the area.”

In reply I asked him to improve the lives and health of some of us in the area by removing the threat of forced relocations from our homes – a threat which is causing stress and poor health to the most vulnerable. He hasn’t yet responded.

We ask for all tenants to be given the dignity of choosing for themselves whether they wish to relocate home.

For our health’s sake.

For our peace of mind.

For dignity.

 

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