Shellharbour overlooked for 'bed tax' meeting

Illawarra public housing tenants will have the chance to air their grievances with the sector on Thursday when a parliamentary inquiry visits Wollongong.

The Select Committee on Social, Public and Affordable Housing will host a public hearing at WIN Stadium on Thursday afternoon, giving social housing tenants the opportunity to tell their stories.

Shellharbour MP Anna Watson was angry the committee would not meet in the Shellharbour electorate, despite singling it out as a location for the "bed tax".

"The NSW government still doesn't have the courage to provide basic answers to questions I've asked on how many tenants have requested relocation to accommodation with fewer bedrooms which Housing NSW has been unable to relocate," she said.

Thursday's hearing will run from 11.45am to 1.15pm.

Speakers include Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, Regional Development Australia Illawarra project officer David Muscio and Southern Youth and Family Services policy advisor Helen Backhouse.

A public forum will then be held from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

The committee was established on November 13 last year to inquire into demand for social, public and affordable housing in NSW. A final report is due in September.


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