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Sale of Sydney's rich harbour history sparks outrage

Published on Apr 27, 2014 12:19 PM
This photo taken on March 22, 2014, shows Ron Jennings (centre), 84, listening to speeches during a meeting of residents who face being removed from their public housing at Sydney's Millers Point. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Ron Jennings, an 84-year-old with a penchant for brightly coloured shirts, has for decades lived in an apartment block with views of Sydney Harbour which, until now, money literally could not buy.

As a public housing tenant, Jennings paid a modest rent for his home in The Rocks which along with almost 300 other public housing homes near the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is set to be sold.

The sell-off has enraged the community of Millers Point, one so old and historic it contributed to Australia's earliest European settlement and is listed on the State Heritage Register.

They argue they are being kicked out of the city in favour of the rich.

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