WPHAG is an independent, tenant led community action group for Waterloo Public Housing Estate negotiating for fair treatment of our community of public housing tenants before, during and after the redevelopmentwebsite
On 15th December 2015, the residents of Waterloo Public Housing Estate received a letter from the NSW State Government informing them about the "exciting" redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate. Suffice it to say the residents themselves were caught off guard and not at all "excited" about the turn of events. The residents decided to mobilise themselves to fight against the demolition of their homes and quickly formed the Waterloo Public Housing Action Group.
This group has been instrumental in negotiating with the State Government to listen to the concerns of the residents, to ensure the needs of the vulnerable public housing tenants are met, and to advocate for a better overall outcome for the future of their community.
WPHAG was supported by a passionate team of volunteer academics, professionals, and students.
We formed part of the WPHAG advisory team of volunteers from 2017 to 2021, whose role was to support WPHAG and the residents of Waterloo Public Housing Estate in their advocacy and negotiation activities.
The residents struggled to understand the jargon and convoluted diagrams in the official documents, and we're unable to provide informed feedback on the future of their community.
We provided support to WPHAG by:
WPHAG's advocacy activities and fierce negotiation were instrumental in amplifying the voices of the public housing community, as well as keeping them up-to-date and informed on the most recent developments to the plans.
Some critical changes that WPHAG was able to negotiate for included:
WPHAG x Vigilanti's analysis of the material presented in the Waterloo Redevelopment Options booklet issued by Communities Plus. This booklet was provided to supplement the oral presentation and capacity building workshops conducted in Waterloo to allow residents to better understand the implications of the plans proposed.read
WPHAG x Vigilanti's official analysis and response to the Waterloo Estate State Significant Precinct Options Testing material and consultation process. This extensive document details our analysis of the three master plan option proposed by UrbanGrowth for the redevelopment of the largest public housing estate in inner Sydneyread