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The latest news from REDWatch

REDWatch is a community group which covers the Sydney suburbs of Redfern Eveleigh Darlington and Waterloo. These suburbs make up what the NSW Government generally refers to as Redfern - Waterloo. The area has been subject to various NSW Government interventions since the early 2000's and had its own Government Minister from 2004 to 2011. Interventions have included removing planning responsibilities from City of Sydney Council and having place specific interventions on human services, infrastructure and employment. This history is captured on this website. Currently the focus is on UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh and the proposed redevelopment of the Waterloo Public Housing Estate. Below is the latest news from REDWatch about our area and its issues.

Human Services in Redfern and Waterloo: A potted history listing of plans, interventions, activities, consultations and reports

This listing is prepared to provide an overview of key announcements and activities relating to Human Services in Redfern and Waterloo. It is not exhaustive and generally reflects what was known publically. Most projects were announced and not evaluated or ceased for one reason or another. Future Human Services planning should be aware of the earlier work in the area and learn as much as possible from it. Here we have not tried to draw out those lessons just construct an overview of what has gone before. Where reports or further information is available we have provided links or indicated that reports or resources are available.

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LAHC Masterplan display boards used during visioning

These are the boards that are displayed during the Visioning that set out key messages from LAHC for the development. The boards deal with the indicative time frame for the redevelopment precinct and the planning process. It also deals with the drivers and aims of the redevelopment and what that means for public housing residents as well as the objectives of the Waterloos State Significant Precinct.

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December 2017 Metro Waterloo Update

This leaflet was distributed by Sydney Metro City and Southwest on 5 December 2017 and it sets out the work expected on the site for the coming months.

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Request for Human Services Case Studies

It is proposed that there will be a meeting of NGO Executive Officers and senior representatives from different Human Service departments in February 2018 to start work on a Waterloo Human Services Plan. In the lead up to this Michael Shreenan wrote to NGOs on behalf of Counterpoint, REDWatch, Groundswell and Inner Sydney Voice on 7 December 2017 asking for case study input. Below is the letter sent out. We are looking for feedback by Friday 19th January 2018.

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Case Study Template for Human Services Plannning

This is a MS Word template that may be useful in documenting systemic issues in Waterloo. It has been adapted from Scotland Citizens Advice model to encourage reporting of systemic issues case studies in the lead up to a meeting between NGOs and Government Departments in February 2018. If you do not find the template helpful for your issuer then please write your case study up in a manner that you find covers your issue.

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Draft Social Policy: How Does it Impact My Client, My Service and My Role?

This is a draft of Social Policy: How Does it Impact My Client, My Service and My Role? It has been adapted from Scotland Citizens Advice model to encourage people to think about systemic issues and how and why they should be identified. This has been put together to assist interested people put together examples of systemic issues they and their agencies currently face in Waterloo that could be addressed through a Waterloo Human Services Plan.

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REDWatch Request to FACS for Human Services Plan

The email below (which has been slightly altered for the website) was sent to the FACS Deputy Secretaries responsible for FACS Housing at Waterloo and FACS Land and Housing Corporation and FACS Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter. It provides an outline of a long push to get Human Services on the agenda alongside the Waterloo Master Plan.

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Human Service Plan Goals from REDWatch Perspective

REDWatch has been involved in a few meetings with Land and Housing Corporation about the shape of a human services plan for Waterloo. The document below has been provided to LAHC as an indication of some of the systemic issues that REDWatch wants to see addressed in a Waterloo Human Services Plan.

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Can the people problems be fixed by estate redevelopment?

Estate renewal and housing mix is portrayed by government as a fix-all for public housing estates. Geoff Turnbull in Inner Sydney Voice magazine asks can new buildings alone really address the problems created when government place people with higher and higher needs into public housing without the wrap around human services necessary for them to keep their tenancies and address their issues.

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Waterloo Human Services Plan

As part of the Waterloo SSP redevelopment REDWatch and local agencies pushed for a Human Services Plan to go alongside the built environment master plan. in 2017 FACS LAHC agreed such a plan would be undertaken. Here we have pulled together activities that relate to human service planning in Waterloo.

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REDWatch Submission on Locomotive Workshops SSDAs

Below is a copy of the REDWatch submission to The Department of Planning and Environment regarding Mirvac's proposed redevelopment of the ATP Locomotive Workshop.

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Elizabeith Street SSDA

Elizabeth Street Redfern was declared a State Significant Precinct on Sept 9 2017. The area declared is the vacant block next to the PCYC and the PCYC itself. Here you can finds oout about this development as it unfolds.

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Elizabeth Street Redfern Developer Registration of Interest 20 Dec 2017

Minister Prue Goward visited Redfern on Wednesday 20 December 2017 to announce a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to speed up the proposed redevelopment of The Elizabeth Street Redfern public housing.

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Elizabeth Street Redfern Declared State Significant Precinct on Sept 9 2017

On September 9 the NSW Department of Planning and Environment declared 600-660 Elizabeth Street, Redfern a potential State Significant Precinct (SSP), in order to set new planning controls.

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Locomotive Workshop redevelopment SSDAs - Exhibition until 15 Dec 2017

Mirvac originally split its proposal for the Locomotive Workshop into two but the Department of Planning has placed both the Mirvac DAs on exhibition together. There are differences between the documents as they deal with different ends of Loco. The Bays 1-5 DA deals with the heritage Bays 1 & 2, the proposed retail and the impact of the proposed supermarket on heritage. Bays 6-16 deal with the commercial end of the development. The issues related to the movable heritage collection and how the development deals with the heritage fabric of the buildings goes across both DAs.

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Proforma Submission for Locomotive Workshop DA Objection

The below proforma submission has been put together by ARAG based on material supplied to REDWatch. Please take what you find useful, express it in your own words and then make your submission on the major Projects portal.

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Locomotive Workshop Redevelopment

Mirvac have placed on exhibition a proposal to redevelop the Locomotive Workshop at the Australian Technology Park Eveleigh. Here we have gathered some information about this proposal and the community and heritage concerns about the proposal.

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Waterloo Public Housing Renewal - Exisiting Property official ocupation

Land and Housing has supplied REDWatch with a breakdown of the existing tenancies across its housing stock in the area covered by the proposed master plan. The figures provide some incomplete details of not only the tenants but also some aspects of their support needs. It should be noted that these are official figures. It is widely recognise that there are many occupants in the estate that are not officially on the LAHC records. These however are the official LAHC demographics.

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Waterloo Public Housing Renewal - Exisiting Property sizes

Land and Housing has supplied REDWatch with a breakdown of the existing housing stock in the area covered by the proposed master plan. The figures show how many of different size units currently exist on the various blocs and buildings. This information is of interest because there is concern that one possible outcome will be the rentention of the same number of front doors but that the unit size will shrink.

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Works start at Waterloo Station - Dropin 28 Oct 2017

This leaflet was distributed by Sydney Metro City and Southwest on 24 October 2017 and it sets out the work expected on the site for the coming three months and annouces a Community Connect Session Waterloo Station site office, corner of Wellington Street and Botany Road, Waterloo. When: Saturday 28 October. Time: 9am – 11am (drop in anytime) for a tea or coffee.

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No Redfern Station in Future Transport 2056 - TfNSW until 3 Dec

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance released the Future Transport 2056 draft strategy alongside the release of the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft Greater Sydney Region Plan – the first time long-term planning and transport have been done in direct collaboration. Future Transport 2056 is a comprehensive strategy to ensure the way we travel is more personal, integrated, accessible, safe, reliable and sustainable. There are three parts to the strategy; programs that are committed to or funded by the NSW Government over the next ten years; projects that are under investigation and visionary projects in the 20 year plus timeframe that are being identified now for future consideration as our population grows. The only mention of Redfern Station is on the main web page whch says "Redfern Station was upgraded to improve access for customers. The project included a new lift to platforms 6 and 7, a new section of canopy providing sheltered access to the lift, and new CCTV, lighting and fencing around the lift area." The draft Future Transport 2056 strategy will be open for comment until December 3.

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Our Greater Sydney 2056 - GSC to 15 Dec

Our Greater Sydney 2056– A Metropolis of Three Cities (draft Greater Sydney Region Plan), launched in conjunction with Transport for NSW’s draft Future Transport 2056 strategy will reshape Greater Sydney as a metropolis of three cities – Eastern, Central and Western, rebalancing it, fostering jobs, improving housing affordability, easing congestion and enhancing our enviable natural environment. You can read the plan and provide your feedback through the lonk below. You can also register for community events and online discussion forums. The draft plan will be on exhibition till the 15 December 2017 www.greater.sydney

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