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Eastlakes
8th May 2021

"Melting pot of towering Housing Commission, organised/petty crime, graffiti, Aircraft noise and rubbish"

Eastlakes is an Eastern suburbs in Sydney, right in the affordable South East, for a reason. The area statistically is more comparable to the Western suburbs than even the surrounding area, with a large concerntration of affordable, cheap flats, attracting working class/low-socioeconomic residents, as well as Indigenous people, and a large community of immigrants (mainly Turks and Bengalis), surrounded by a run down shopping centre from the 1970s, and three notorious high-density Public Housing estates, suffering from dilapidation, social/drug problems.

Due to the suburb being more affordable, and in turn a less desirable/maintained area, as well as a large Public Housing stock, the area has managed to maintain a reputation for being an unsafe suburb, with a lot of development flaws leading to an increase in crime opportunities and a decrease in local employment. The large population of disadvantaged residents concerntrated in Eastlakes, from public households to non-English speaking households, in turn also creates an amount of bored local youths roaming the streets, engaging in anti-social activity, which makes it difficult to leave things inside cars (which you have to lock), with a large percentage of them from the Housing estates, due to their small public spaces for them to congregate in.

Local schools are pretty bad performing as well, and pretty rough.

The grass is barely green, the council almost neglects this area, as cars are parking on top of curbs and footpaths, as well as literal garbage and furniture dumped everywhere, and in almost every driveway.

If youre moving into a house in Eastlakes, I wouldnt recommend it for a family environment, rather as an affordable place to save up to move into something better, the area may get better over time with the local "most" run down shopping centre "in Sydney" getting redeveloped, so I reckon it will become a discovered gem soon, and a good first time home buyers spot. Most of the houses in Eastlakes are medium density cheap built flats, mainly full of immigrant families, many not speaking English, with noise and smell often being an issue, and anti-social behaviour being eventful on the streets.

On the other hand, if youre being offered a Department of Housing tenancy in Eastlakes, I wouldnt reccommend taking it at all, due to the fact the majority of the flats are in 1 of 4, 10 story tower blocks, with horrific conditions inside, as well as really bad tenants, yelling at each other and fighting on a regular basis, smoking/dealing ice/cannabis, and often using the area as a scapegoat for robberies, with local reputations for organised crime, theft and even suicides, happening outside front doors in hallways.

The other housing estate on the other side of the Eastern Distributor is one of the poorest SA1s in Sydney, with a large population of young unsupervised children of drug addicted parents, and often numerous public fights, with youths carrying hammers around the area, police often refusing to go into the area.

The suburb is comparable to Cabramatta, not as bad as the Waterloo Tower Blocks, let alone Mount Druitt, but a place for low budget people who dont mind airport noise and having to lock everything.

Who lives here?

  • Singles
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Glen Street
7th February 2021

"Dodgy"

Some of Marrickvilles most affordable streets. Numerous DOH apartments and a large complex with a very bad history with drugs and crime, many of the ice dealers are beginning to get busted, but many kids hang around this area late at night without parental supervision often engaging in fights and theft. Many adult residents high on ice have loud outbursts at random times.

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Portland Crescent
26th January 2021

"Not the best street, far from it"

I grew up here with my Grandmother and watched many dehumanising inhuman things happen around me, hostage situations, drug dealing, guns, even a bloke who set his unit on fire trying to murder everyone. Largely public housing development, where most of Maroubras bad name comes from.

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Bidwill
24th January 2021

"Sydneys Worst Suburb no exxagerations"

Almost entirely housing commission, many streets full of bad tenants with no job life skills or dreams drinking off their pension money at early hours of the morning getting violently drunk, their kids run around like its nothing and steal dirt bikes to ride around, an increasingly prevalent knife culture among the youth, the area is just morally draining and exhausting, and good luck if you want to bring children up around in this area. So many stray dogs, domestic violence, substance abuse and deppressing stories constantly.

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South Coogee
21st January 2021

"Rough"

South Coogee essentially has no identity, and is mainly just Coogee under another name.

South Coogee is only distinctly known for having two Department of Housing estates largely considered some of the most neglected in the country, many elderly but a large proportion of bad tenants, on drugs, deadbeat parents living in mouldy flats with their kids, many of the windows smashed and not repaired for months, drug dealing and often street brawls. Stay out of the vicinity of this area, and look at Coogee reviews to see what the rest of the area is like.

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Golden Grove Street
19th January 2021

"Housing Commission Hellhole"

large amount of drug use, petty crimes and domestic violence

Not to mention the constant noise from the school

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Forbes St
19th January 2021

"Great street to stay far away from"

Hellhole. Crammed with too many Welfare recipients in one spot, illegal dumping, petty theft, drug paraphernalia and drunk yobbos loitering on the brick wall walking through the middle of the one way road in front of moving cars I heard stories of riots and drug dealers in there. The domestic violence is emotionally and morally draining.

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