Public housing tenants in the Charlestown electorate are being forced to endure raw sewage leaking into their yards and under their houses, black mould infestations, leaking roofs and rotten carpets, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison said the tenants were experiencing unacceptable waiting times, sometimes years long, for repairs.
Ms Harrison made the comments to a Parliamentary Inquiry hearing into Management of NSW Public Housing Maintenance Contracts. She said public housing maintenance complaints took up more than 50 per cent of her electorate office's work.
"Black mould is of particular concern and we have dealt with several families with children for whom this issue is causing respiratory illness and other health problems," Ms Harrison said.
"In Windale we have houses that were built in the 50s and 60s and they have not been maintained to an adequate level. Many of these homes are now simply falling apart."
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