Minister hears housing concerns

Shadow Minister for Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge hosted a public forum in Whyalla last week in an effort to give the community a chance to voice its concerns about community and social housing.

Dr McFetridge shared his story of spending his childhood in a housing trust home and said at that time the housing was adequate but some of the houses he had visited recently were still in the original condition years later, some without air conditioning.

"They're old, they're tired and they need replacing," Dr McFetridge said.

He listened carefully as members of the Whyalla community voiced their concerns and frustration about getting into housing and maintenance, sympathising with their struggle.

One of the main issues identified during the forum was the breakdown in communication between government departments, such as health and housing.

"As a Liberal party we are determined to make sure we do everything we can to provide as much social gathering as is needed, whether we do that directly through the government or with community partners," Dr McFetridge said.

Dr McFetridge said providing more community and social housing to improve the housing stock so that people were not spending 10 years on waiting lists would be a priority for him if the Liberal party was successful in the upcoming election.

One question raised at the forum was whether South Australia would follow in New South Wales' footsteps and bring in a bed tax; however Dr McFetridge said there would be no bed tax with the Liberal government and no forcing residents into private accommodation as rumoured.

HOUSING CONCERNS: Shadow Minister for Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge hosted a public forum in Whyalla last week in an effort to give the community a chance to voice its concerns about community and social housing.

HOUSING CONCERNS: Shadow Minister for Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge hosted a public forum in Whyalla last week in an effort to give the community a chance to voice its concerns about community and social housing.