‘Desperately hot’ summer drives push to keep public housing cooler

When the temperature inside their home climbs above 40 degrees, Jay soaks a sheet, spreads it over his three-year-old daughter Hayley and turns the fan on high in the hope she will sleep.

Sometimes he blocks the drain in the bathroom, floods the small room (which has a waterproof seal) and turns it into a splash pool. “She’s only a kid, I want her to have some fun”.

But the truth is that living without an air conditioner in their public housing unit in Mildura during the prolonged stretches of summer heat, when the temperature reached 47 degrees, is not much fun at all.

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Source: The Age