The Minister for Housing, Troy Buswell, visited Manning on Tuesday at the invitation of the South Perth MLA John McGrath and the newly-formed Manning Community Association (MCA).
After a meeting with representatives of the Association, Mr Buswell walked a couple of blocks to the Welwyn Avenue shopping centre where he spoke with store owners.
Anti-social behaviour has been a problem in Manning for some time, especially around the popular shopping strip, and was highlighted in an article (“They’ve had enough”) in a recent edition of the Southern Gazette.
Mr Buswell said issues around tenant behaviour were widespread and gave an undertaking to the MCA that he would treat its concerns seriously.
He said that the Government is undertaking significant reform in the area of public housing – with consideration to tenancy management, public housing eligibility and Departmental processes.
“I am focussed on achieving improved tenancy outcomes, which includes improving the capability of tenants to understand and meet their obligations,” Mr Buswell said.
“It is the duty of all public housing tenants to be responsible members of the community they are living in.
“As I indicated in April, with the announcement of a pilot project in the South East Metropolitan region, tenants have to understand what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and to realise they are obligated to address and rectify this behaviour.
“There are more than 21,000 people on the waiting list for social housing in Western Australia so, ultimately, tenants who do not fulfil their obligations have to realise they will face serious consequences.”
Mr Buswell informed the Association that the Department of Housing had identified several properties in Manning which could potentially be sold under the Government’s high-value property strategy once they become vacant.
Mr McGrath said that with more aspirational young families moving into Manning, the area had enormous potential.
He congratulated the Minister for his hands-on approach to the housing portfolio.
“Today’s meeting gave the Minister a much better understanding of what needs to be done to make Manning an even better place to live,” he said.