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Kingsview Hill residents petition for maintenance work
Association gives qualified support to mobile tower plan
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Toastmasters to hold speaking course
Lawyer returns from international cricket win
Work starts on five-storey apartment block
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Social housing: What is the alternative?
Lucky streaks don't last forever
Doctor is harder to see than the Queen
Unnecessary watering is a waste
Doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact?
What about proportional representation in Council
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Jemma finishes seventh in Ironwoman Series
Pink Stumps Day final tally was $5108
Umina has two candidates for Junior Lifesaver award
Jemma excels in interstate championships
Ollier appointed junior soccer technical director
Skate, scooter and BMX competition heat at Umina
Charity bowls returns to Woy Woy
Two speakers at Lions luncheon
Basketball at leisure centre

Social housing: What is the alternative?

Recently I have noticed an understandable degree of concern at recent social housing developments, specifically at Pacific Link near Rawson Rd and Ocean Beach Rd.

Full disclosure: I live a few hundred metres from this proposed development, own my own home and have a young family.

I am no Nimby and let me explain why.

For work, I travel quite a bit, particularly though the United States.

In the United States, the social welfare system support payments, free healthcare, free education and social housing are markedly less resourced than here in Australia.

The result of under-resourced welfare is 20 per cent of the population is homeless, starving, affected with Middle Age diseases like tuberculosis, and aggressively begging from anyone who looks like they might have spare change.

The streets feel very unsafe to walk down, beautifully manicured public spaces are now partly camping sites, outdoor tips and bush toilets.

The scale is incredible, think tent cities everywhere, even small grassed spaces near train lines and main roads.

The next time you go for a stroll along the Ettalong or Woy Woy foreshore, consider how lucky we are that it's safe and beautiful and recognise our social welfare systems ensure it remains so.

This is why the Peninsula must embrace social housing.

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