A new policy has been introduced to manage drug dens in Sydney, with plans to move known dealers in social housing towers to the west.
According to the Daily Telegraph, residents of Northcott in Surry Hills, McKell Towers and Three Sisters in Redfern will be banned if convicted or charged with drug manufacture or supply in the past five years.
This new allocation system will apply to social housing estates in Surry Hills, Glebe, Waterloo and Redfern.
If the check is failed, people can apply for housing elsewhere in suburbs in Western Sydney, or even Pyrmont and Moore Park.
However, the decision has been met with concern that rather than solving the drug problem, it is just being outsourced.
“The government has no interest in fixing the problems of inner-city Sydney, but is quite happy to export them elsewhere,” Opposition social housing spokeswoman Tania Mihailuk said.
The aim of the new policy is to ensure the safety of housing blocks.
This change will start this month and will be reviewed in a year's time.