As part of the NSW Cabinet’s visit to Bathurst last Wednesday, State Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited a pop-up maitenance event for tradies in Kelso.
The pop-up events provide people in public housing with an opportunity to approach tradespeople directly about maintenance works.
“Across the state, our contractors manage 730,000 maintenance work orders every year,” NSW Land and Housing Corporation director Mark Byrne said.
“There’s some communication and rapport that’s built between tenants and tradies, and it gives tenants a voice that they may not be able to get through some of the other pathways.”
The NSW Land and Housing Commission is a statutory organisation that comes under the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services.
Pop-up maintenance works in the Bathurst area are facilitated by Joss Facility Management, who draw on local sub-contractors to help carry out the works.
Speaking on the presence of the state members at last Wednesday’s event, Mr Byrne said it was a good opportunity for the ministers to see the groundwork that was being carried out in their agencies.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for them to hear about the service’s pros and cons and how they can advocate and leverage outcomes that will benefit the whole community.”
Mr Toole said the pop-up maintenance events provide an extra level of support for the elderly and disadvantaged.
“It’s something that I’m sure we’re going to continue to see happening into the future,” he said.