#WeLiveHere2017 began with the belief that putting a human face to public housing is vital to encourage compassion, action, and resistance to the rapid urban change in Waterloo, Sydney. The state government intend to demolish and redevelop Waterloo’s highrise towers and surrounding public housing. This involves dislocating around 5000 elderly, disabled and low-income people who live here. We are collaborating with residents to create a community light sculpture in Matavai and Turanga, and are documenting the stories of a place so many people call home, an important place, a life line, a place dubbed ‘utopia’ when it was built just 40 years ago.
Waterloo's postcode is 2017. By mid 2018, many of the residents that have lived here for most of their lives will be moved to make way for the gentrification of their suburb. A socially diverse, dynamic, inner city community with an important cultural heritage will be changed forever. Good, bad, indifferent? Have your say with #WeLiveHere2017.
What we're doing
Highrise community light project: Five hundred residents in Matavai & Turanga towers will be given a coloured mood light for their window to express how they feel about the changes before relocations begin, to raise awareness of this important community and transform the towers from 9 September until 1 October 2017.
Documentary: We are making a film that explores and celebrates our neighbourhood stories and the process of creating a community-powered light project with Matavai and Turanga residents in 2017.
Get in touch
if you live in Matavai or Turanga, please contact us for your free set of lights
Phone: 0403 068 807
The #WeLiveHere2017 community light project has been commissioned by:
#WeLiveHere2017 has been supported by: