#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 over 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 mid July until mid August 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.