Opinion

TV’s Struggle Street reflects neglect by all governments

I'D LIKE to make an admission. For many years when I was asked where I grew up in Sydney I always just mentioned my time living in the upmarket suburb of Willoughby on the North Shore.

I never revealed that from the time I was 15 years of age my family home was in the Housing Commission suburb of Whalan in Mount Druitt.

I was hiding from the stigma that was attached to Mount Druitt back then and unfortunately that poor reputation remains with the area today.

We were one of the first families to move to the new Housing Commission satellite city and I remember as we drove in seeing a sign that said one day Mt Druitt would be home to 100,000 people.

The area has in fact past that number and is continuing to grow.

During my time with Channel TEN I put forward an idea that we should do a reality TV series around Mt Druitt police and I have been surprised that someone hasn't done exactly that.

SBS TV has recently ventured into the Druitt to record its controversial mini documentary Struggle Street.

As a person who survived the area I can say that there are some families living in the area that replicate the dysfunctional one featured on the show.

The majority of people who call the likes of Whalan, Lethbridge Park and Tregear home, however, are honest hardworking families just like most of your present neighbours.

Mt Druitt doesn't deserve another kick in the guts, but the one good thing about Struggle Street is that it reveals it is as area that has been neglected by the government for far too long.

It's fine to provide housing for 100,000 people, but you also need to provide support services, community centres and quality sporting venues.

Mt Druitt was the suburb the government forgot and it seems they continue to neglect it.

- Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman

Topics:  editorial, housing commission, opinion, sbs



Former minister claims he voluntarily stopped abusing boy

Retired Uniting Church Minister Barry Dangerfield (right) arrives at Brisbane District Court.

Barry Dangerfield charged with multiple counts of indecent dealing

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Emotional farewell for AWLQ volunteers and staff

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley farewells a long-serving volunteer at the West Ipswich facility on Friday.

The AWLQ has left the building. So what's next?

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets