Archive for August, 2015

Media Release 27th August 2015

 

Pemulwuy Project update – Supreme Court sets date for trespassers to leave the Block

27 August 2015

Final orders were today made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales requiring trespassers to vacate land in Redfern owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) by 10am next Thursday, 3 September.

Pemulwuy is an innovative award winning development that will significantly benefit both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Redfern and the broader community.

AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said trespassers had prevented work starting on the Pemulwuy Project, but it was now hoped work could progress over the coming months.

“A key part of this project is, and always has been, the inclusion of 62 affordable homes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Tutuila said.

“Despite some differences in the past, one value we have always shared with the community is the need for more affordable housing for Indigenous Australians.

The protestors have had their day in court, they have had their opportunity to be heard, the court has made its decision and now they should peacefully leave”.

This follows Monday’s (24 August) Order for Possession requiring trespassers to leave the Block.

“We are also grateful that today the Commonwealth Government has offered to make a $5 million grant to the Aboriginal Housing Company if construction of the affordable housing component of the Pemulwuy Project starts and progresses at the same time as the commercial development. We have always wanted to build affordable homes on the Block as soon as possible, but the reality was that funding was not available. We hope that the Commonwealth grant will assist AHC to secure funding for the balance of the Pemulwuy Project.” Ms Tutuila said.

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Media release 24 August 2015

Pemulwuy Project update – Supreme Court orders trespassers to leave the Block

24 August 2015

The Supreme Court of New South Wales today issued orders requiring people trespassing on land owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) in Redfern to vacate.
The court’s decision will allow a landmark development to proceed on the land, known as the Block.

AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said trespassers had prevented work starting on the Pemulwuy Project, that will significantly benefit both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Redfern and the broader community.

“For about 16 months, the tent embassy has been on the site owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company,” Ms Tutuila said.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to seek a resolution from the courts, but unfortunately we’d reached a deadlock in negotiations.

“We fully respect the right of people to protest, just as we hope those occupying the land respect an owner’s right to be able to access their property.

“It’s important that we don’t overlook that the planned development of the site includes 62 affordable housing units for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as businesses and community facilities that will benefit the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community”, Ms Tutuila said.

In February 2015 the AHC issued a trespass notice to members of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy (RATE), led by Ms Jenny Munro, who are trespassing on the Block. In June this year the AHC appeared in the Supreme Court seeking directions for the filing of a defence by the defendant, Ms Munro.

Today the court issued an Order for Possession requiring trespassers to leave the Block.

“We are now looking forward to a major rejuvenation of the Block with the Pemulwuy Project’s emphasis on cultural values, spirituality, housing and employment, that I believe will support a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Redfern,” Ms Tutuila said.

Media enquiries: AHC office 02 9319 1824

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Media Release 14 August 2015

Pemulwuy Project update – Supreme Court reserves decision
14 August 2015

 
The NSW Supreme Court today heard the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC)’s application for summary judgment regarding the trespass on its land in Redfern by the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy (RATE). His Honour Justice RS Hulme today reserved his judgment until next week.

 
AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said “trespassers had prevented work starting on the Pemulwuy Project, that will significantly benefit both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Redfern and the broader community.

 
It’s important that we don’t overlook that the planned development of the site includes 62 affordable housing units for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as businesses and community facilities that will benefit the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

 
In February 2015 the AHC issued a trespass notice to members of RATE, led by Ms Jenny Munro, who are trespassing on the Block. In June this year the AHC appeared in the Supreme Court seeking directions for the filing of a defence by the defendant, Ms Munro.

 
On behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Company.

 
Media enquiries: AHC office 02 9319 1824

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