Chris Ryan talks to two Millers Point residents facing eviction who don’t plan to go quietly.
The NSW government is planning to evict over 400 people from government housing in Millers Point and the Rocks. Judging by the cold-hearted comments on news websites and talkback radio most people think it’s about bloody time.
Resident Flo Seckold has even heard it from her own son. “He said, ‘Mum, the writing is on the wall. People don’t care, you’ve had it good enough for so long.’” Her voice rises and it’s easy to imagine her scolding him: “I said, ‘Gary, I don’t care whether they care or not. Ask them, did they ever have a tin bath where you chopped the wood up and carried the water down eight stairs when you lit the copper?’
“When the Japanese got in the harbour my mother said they left in droves around here. She stayed ’cos she said, ‘Whatever’s going to be is going to be.’ There was a strong community that we had.”