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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.

What would Gladys Do?

With 3801 Ltd locked in a battle with Transport for NSW to be able to stay at the Large Erecting Shop (LES) in 2017 under a Berejiklian government, it is interesting to look back at the comments Gladys Berejiklian made in 2006 as then Shadow Transport Minister when 3801 Ltd was locked in a similar battle with the then NSW Labour government. You can see these in the media release below. What is the current equivalent of "A NSW Liberal/Nationals Government would ensure RailCorp renews the existing lease and was prevented from disposing of any of the rolling stock"? Maybe it is time for Gladys to take a personal interest in what is currently happening to 3801 Ltd to ensure they get a renewed lease and can continue to operate out of Eveleigh.

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The Large Erecting Shed has been locked and 3801 Ltd's tours ex Eveleigh suspended

The two articles below appeared in the Illawarra Mercury regarding the "Cockatoo Run" operated by 3801 Ltd out of Eveleigh. 3801 Ltd and other operators using the Large Erecting Shed (LES) were locked out at the end of January when they were unable to find an alternative locatioon for thier locomotives and other equipoment.

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Community Plus Waterloo Newsletter February 2017

This is the first newslewtter from Land and Housing Corporation's Community Plus for 2017.The newsletter says "FACS will commence the master planning process regarding the Waterloo redevelopment in the next couple of months

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Matavai and Turanga - Housing Commission Booklet on the buildings when built

Did you know that every floor of Matavai and Turanga was fitted out differently in commemeration of Capain Cook. This 28 page booklet documents the themes and artifacts that were provided for each floor in this state of the art development.

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Photos of Ross Smith

This PDF contains the photos that were used at both the Community Celebration and the service for Ross Smith.

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Ross Smith Cremation - Wed 21 Dec

We have just been informed un-expectantly that despite previous advice that Ross’s remains would not be released till Feb 2018 that in fact someone has organised his cremation for next week. The details advised to us are below in an email from Mike Shreenan at the Factory.

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Ross Smith Cremation Service Video

Ross Smith's funeral was held at short notice on 21 December and some of those who wished to attend could not. Here we have posted the service for those interested.

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Who's Who and what are they doing around the Waterloo Public Housing redevelopment

The below overview was initially put together in January 2017 as activities were being planned for the the Master Planning associated with the Waterloo Public Housing Redevelopment. We will try and keep this updated as the process unfolds so people have an idea of who is doing what. REDWatch is having a What's Cooking open mic on Thursday 2nd February where some of those involved below will be talking in their own words.

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Rachel Forster – DA changes on exhibition until 6 March 2017

The Rachel Forster site developer, Kaymet Pty Ltd, is seeking to modify its concept plan and major project approval for the 134 – 144 Pitt Street, Redfern site. Below are the details of the major changes and links to where to make a submission before 6th March 2017.

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Waterloo Public Housing Redevelopment Master Planning

Master Planning for the redevelopment starts in 2017 in and arround the Waterloo Public Housing Estate. Here we will collect together information from the Master Planning and other Communities Plus, NGO and community activity relating to the redevelopment.

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AHC Pemulwuy Project Student Housing Proposed Changes

The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has submitted revised plans to the Department of Planning and received the Department’s requirements for changes to the Student Housing element of the already approved Pemulwuy Project. Below is an outline by REDWatch of the AHC proposal from their submission and the Departments requirements.

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Pemulwuy Project 2017 Modifications

In January 2017 the Aboriginal Housing Company received the requirements from the Department of planning for amending their approval to increase the maximum height of the student housing component of the Pemulwuy Project from a maximum 6 stories to a maximum 16 stories to make the project self funding. Here you will find details relating to that application and its community engagement.

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Waterloo Walk

This is a copy of a one and a half hour walking tour of the historic suburb of Waterloo produced by the Department of Housing in 1988. While it includes some of the consolidated estate it primarily covers the Waterloo heritage housing.

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Public Housing Heritage

Here are some details of the public housing heritage in the area including a booklet on Matavai and Turanga when they were built and a self guided heritage walk.

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REDWatch - Whats Cooking Gathering

This is an "open mic" networking event which aims to bring together local residents, community groups and agencies to have a conversation about people and groups plans, fears and aspirations for the year.

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About the REDWatch Website

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 bodies including the Redfern Waterloo Partnership Project, the Redfern Waterloo Authority and currently the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority. It has has its own Government Minister from 2004 to 2011 and interventions have included removing planning responsibilities from City of Sydney Council and having place specific interventions on human services, infrastructure and employment.

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Redfern Station - Application to replace Platforms 6 & 7 - Closes 11 January 2017

The following notice has appeared on Redfern Station over the holiday break. It appears Sydney Trains propose to undertake work on platforms 6 & 7 while discussions are supposed to be underway this year about the possibility of a station upgrade are under discussions between UrbanGrowth NSW and Transport for NSW.

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ATP CBA Redevelopment Approved with Changes by Planning Assessment Commission

The Planning Assessment Commission has made a number of important changes to the Department of Planning’s proposed consent conditions before providing approval for the Mirvac ATP development. Below is: a summary of the decision from the PAC Information sheet; links to the PAC reports and changes; and the ATP media release. Please note a number of significant changes are not highlighted in the Summary including changes to the Contribution Plan fees payable and measures to monitor public transport use by the site on an annual basis - the full details can be read in the ATP Determination Report link at the end of the PAC Summary.

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Progress Report on Redfern Station – 23 Nov 2016

The extract below is taken from the minutes of a meeting Wednesday, 23 November 2016 between representatives of Transport for New South Wales and representatives of the Planning Assessment Commission as part of its assessment of the Australian Technology Park State Significant Development Application. The minutes provide the following information about planning (or lack thereof) for Redfern Station and contrast to a December 2 news article in Central.

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Waterloo Information Sheet - Dec 2016

The first version of this Community Plus hand out was distribted to agencies on 28 November to agencies. Much of the content is similar to the LAHC response to the REDWatch questions. Please note this is the final version with changes made after the December 12 meeting with Minister Hazzard. This version was modified to recognise that relocations will not take place until mid-2018.

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Waterloo Stakeholder and Engagement Framework - December 2016

This framework has emerged from agencies asking Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) to spell out their engagement framework in advance of any actual Master Plan engagement. It follows workshops with agencies in July and August and feedback from agencies to draft frameworks. A meeting at NCIE on November considered a draft and further changes were made after this meeting. This is the public document released in December 2016.

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Community gathers to remember Ross Leslie Smith (1941–2016)

Alexandria Town Hall was packed with tenants, friends, agency workers, bureaucrats and politicians for a celebration of Ross Smith’s contribution to his community on November 18 reported the South Sydney Herald of December 2016.

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Waterloo relocations put back to mid 2018

Discussions are still underway about what studies will be be undertaken in the Waterloo Master Plan which is scheduled to start in 2017. Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have said the Master Plan will determine where on the estate redevelopment will take place. These delays mean LAHC will not know until well after mid 2017 where they will start and which residents they will want to relocate. On 12 December 2016 it was decided that Waterloo tenants should be advised that the first relocations will be pushed back. A brief statement on the FACS website says LAHC are now looking at relocations starting mid 2018.

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Urban Transformation Study - 21 November 2016

The UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation, which we have been waiting much of 2016 to see in the end did not go through Cabinet as initially expected. Instead it was released in conjunction with the Greater Sydney Commission Central District Plan which makes reference to it.

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Proposed Milestone Summary for ATP development - 22 Nov 2016

This is a copy of the expected staging for the ATP development as provided to the Community Liaison Group on 22 November 2016.

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Mirvac ATP Development Community Liaison Group

In the lead up to the development of the building sites at the ATP Mirvac called for expressions of interest from community members who were interested in being on a community liaison group during the redevelopment. The first meeting was held on 4 October. Representatives from ARAG, FOE and REDWatch are on the committee along with a number of surrounding residents.

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Mirvac State Significant Deveopment Application for ATP

This link takes you to the Department of Planning's Major Project site where you can see all the documents related to the Mirvac State Significant Development Application (SSD 15_7317). As the development proceeds all documents are publically accessable on this site.

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ATP CBA Redevelopment

The Mirvac lead consortium purchased the ATP with a view to developing the three identified development blocks for lease to the Commonwealth Bank. This section of the site deals with that development and the associated public domain and heritage interpretation considerations.

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Mirvac Major Project Application for ATP Development

Mirvac took the opportunity to lodge a request for the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements with the Department of Planning prior to their bid being accepted. This link takes you to the Department of Planning's Major Project site where you can see all the documents related to the Mirvac development as it proceeds.

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ATP Sale Positive Covenant - Public Access

The final sale of the ATP to the Mirvac lead consortium included positive covenants to try and protect heritage and public access. Two easements for public access and a possible bridge over the rail corridor were included. This followed pressure from a number of parties including REDWatch. This is a copy of the Public Access Positive Covenant.

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ATP Sale Positive Covenant - Heritage

The final sale of the ATP to the Mirvac lead consortium included positive covenants to try and protect heritage and public access. Two easements for public access and a possible bridge over the rail corridor were included. This followed pressure from a number of parties including REDWatch. This is a copy of the Heritage Positive Covenant.

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ATP Sale - Easement for Access, Oval and Tennis courts

The final sale of the ATP to the Mirvac lead consortium included positive covenants to try and protect heritage and public access. Two easements for public access and a possible bridge over the rail corridor were included. This followed pressure from a number of parties including REDWatch. This is a copy of the Easement for public access to the ATP, the oval and tennis courts.

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ATP Sale - Transfer Granting Easement on Rail Corridor Crossing

The final sale of the ATP to the Mirvac lead consortium included positive covenants to try and protect heritage and public access. Two easements for public access and a possible bridge over the rail corridor were included. This followed pressure from a number of parties including REDWatch. This is a copy of the Easement for the Rail Corridor Crossing.

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Sale of ATP - TECHNOLOGY FUTURE SECURED AT ATP

On 12 November 2015 the NSW Government today announced the sale of the Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Redfern to a Mirvac-led consortium in this media release issued by Planning Minister Rob Stokes.

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Redeveloping Public Housing - Inner Sydney Voice Winter 2016

The Winter edition of ISV looked in considerable detail at the NSW Government's Communities Plus mechanism for delivering the Government's Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW. The issue looks at the Waterloo announcement and what can be learnt from earlier public housing redevelopments. The issue also contains articles, many by experts in their field, which explore the issues that need to be considered in planning for any public housing redevelopment as currently envisaged. You can download the pdf of this issue from this link or you can visit www.innersydneyvoice.org.au/pub/category/past-editions/winter-2016/ to see the individual articles as webpages.

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Past Consultation Summary - Dec 2016

At the NCIE meeting on November 28 2016 Communities Plus released a summary of past consultations and what lessons they had identified from them - this is that document. You can find further information on the REDWatch website about the 2011-12 BEP2 and the Draft Housing NSW Master Plan consultations and community reactions to them. This document confines itself to the "engagement activities" and does not address the major community concern that the studies and documents produced as part of the earlier consultations should be released now so the community has this information as input into the current process.

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Agency Feedback on Engagement Strategy - Nov 2016

With the finalisation of the "Waterloo Stakeholder and Engagement Framework" in December 2016 LAHC Communities Plus also released on 28 November 2016 agency feedback on an earlier draft. This is that document. It is important to note however that the feedback recorded relates to written feedback received by LAHC and that input made in direct meetings was not reflected in this document. The lesson - it won't necessarily be recorded if it is not in writing!

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Ross Smith on why he should be elected to an ALP committee

The letter below was sent to ALP members when Ross Smith stood in 2011 for the NSW ALP Policy Forum. It outlines some of Ross's involvement and positions in the ALP and more broadly. It provides an insight into the ALP side of Ross's involvements.

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Ross Smith the Waterloo People's Precinct Rep

Below is the text of a sheet produced by Ross Smith for the 2016 "People's Precinct" Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board elections.

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Ross Smith Celebration of Life Program

This is a pdf of the had out for the Celebration of the Life of Ross Smith on 18th November 2016.

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Affordable Housing mentions elsewhere on the REDWatch website

This collection is a search of the REDWatch Website for all references to Affordable Housing with the most recent first.

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Peter Phibbs on New York Affordable Housing and Inclusionary Zoning

This short video features Sydney University's Prof Peter Phibbs talking about Affordable Housing and Inclusionary Zoning in New York and Australia. The Video includes and comments from American experts about the New York approach and the response to it. This video was used to introduce the topic to a REDWatch Affordable Housing meeting on December 1 2016. The video runs for 4'20".

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REDWatch UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh and Housing Diversity Policy Statement - May 2016

The REDWatch UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh and Housing Diversity Policy was finalised on May 2 2016 following indications that UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Strategy would not propose a significant response to the areas affordable housing needs. These concerns were borne out in late November 2016 when UrbanGrowth unveiled their strategy which showed only a target of 5-10% on the government owned Central to Eveleigh land.

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Affordable Housing

With sky rocketing Sydney property prices Housing Affordability is a big problem. Both the NSW and the Australian Governments have been slow to consider anything other than a build more housing solution under the misapprehension that the Sydney property market works like the banana market. Here we have collected together some material on Affordable Housing Issues including on what models have been used overseas to address the problem that could be considered in Australia.

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Community Land Trusts - A presentation by Louise Crabtree

Dr Louise Crabtree is from Western Sydney University. She has has expertise in community-driven housing and Community Land Trusts. This presentation was delivered to a REDWatch Affordable Housing meeting on December 1 2016. It Provides an overview of Community Land trusts in the USA and the UK which are currently being modified to work in Australian contexts. The presentation is 4.2MB PDF.

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International Approaches to Affordable Housing - Catherine Gilbert

Catherine Gilbert is a research associate from Sydney University’s Urban Housing Lab. She is from Canada and has experience in the UK. This presentation was delivered to a REDWatch Affordable Housing meeting on December 1 2016. It Provides an overview and some examples of different planning mechanisms used to deliver affordable housing internationally. The presentation is a 2.25MB PDF.

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REDWatch Meeting - How are Affordable Housing Models Working Overseas - 6pm 1 Dec

With advocates and opponents debating NSW affordable housing, two guest speakers with expertise in affordable housing discuss how other countries provide solutions. We will also be hosting a BYO Christmas party following the meeting so please bring along your nibbles and refreshments to share.

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Open Letter top Mike Baird on Affordable Housing

The following is an open letter signed by the attached Australian community and faith-based organisations, academics and unions listed below, for your and your Government’s attention. November 2016.

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