A free house for the most undeserving
The NSW State Government has built a house.
It’s got three bedrooms, rooftop solar panels, state-of-the-art lighting, water-saving appliances, a fuel cell that converts gas to electricity, a worm farm and an electric car. Located in a nice suburb it’s around 30 minutes from Sydney CBD and comes with a 12 month lease. It’s also 100 per cent rent free.
As any member of the begrudging, under-slept and over-caffeinated Sydney rental set will tell you, there’s few opportunities like it. In fact you’d have to see it to believe it. And you wouldn’t be the only one.
There you’d be, just before 8am the very next Saturday morning, cradling take away coffee or nursing a hangover. Having joined the enormous queue of people just like you that have lined the street in question and most of them arrived early.
So maybe that’s why the state government has gone to such great lengths to advertise for a tenant for their Sydney house. But unfortunately they’re not looking for “just any” tenant.
The ABC reported that the search criteria befits a Jetsons-like family with a “good sense of humour”, “patience” and a couple of young kids able to “use technology”.
Or in other words a middle class family with parents who are employed, children attending school and pretty much everyone in good health. And that’s disappointing.
Most people lucky enough to be in that kind of position don’t need a house. They’ve probably already got one and if they do, they may even be one of the record number of first home buyers in NSW in 2009.
But there’s plenty of others who aern’t. And if the state government was happy to give this opportunity to “just any” NSW family, they wouldn’t need to bother with the whole selection criteria.
Many of them are families and most of them are without jobs.
For most of these NSW people the opportunity to live in such a great house, in a comfortable and safe suburb and not have to pay rent would be more than just a fun way to spend a year. It would be a totally new beginning and a chance to get ahead. Why aren’t they first on the list?
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