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Liberals’ housing failures causing more pain for Tasmanians

After 37 years in her Chigwell home, Vicki Banks is facing potential homelessness, with her Homes Tasmania property earmarked for demolition before the end of the year.

Vicki and her part-time carer Robert Hedges – who joined her in the home 12 years ago – were notified in a letter from Homes Tasmania that, pending planning approvals, their property will be demolished by the end of the year to make way for a new residential development on a neighbouring property.

Robert and Vicki knew nothing about this proposed development until receiving the letter and a fact sheet earlier this month, informing them that their home and another neighbouring property will be demolished to accommodate access to the new development.

While the fact sheet says Homes Tasmania will work with these tenants to find them alternative homes, Robert and Vicki’s attempts to find out more have gone unanswered, and they have been left in limbo.

Vicki is on a disability pension, and suffers from a number of medical conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and it is unacceptable to leave her in a state of constant uncertainty whilst facing the prospect of homelessness.

It is the Liberal government’s own policy failures which have left thousands of Tasmanians languishing on the housing waitlist and it is the Liberals’ job to find solutions and ensure that they don’t disadvantage other vulnerable Tasmanians.

Under our Right Priorities Plan a future Labor Government will ease the rental crisis in Tasmania by incentivising the development of 1,000 new private rental homes in the first five years. The new properties will have to remain in the rental market for at least 30 years.

And in addition to the commitment to build an additional 10,000 social and government homes by 2032, Labor will further increase supply by urgently repairing the 215 government houses that remain untenantable and therefore unused – getting more houses available sooner for people like Vicki and Robert.

July 16 2023

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