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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.

July 2018 Metro Waterloo Update

This leaflet was distributed by Sydney Metro City and Southwest on 29 June 2018 and it sets out the work expected on the site for the coming months

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REDWatch Open Mike - 5 July 6pm

This ‘open mic’ networking event aims to bring together local residents, community groups, and agencies. We want to have a conversation about your own or your groups views, plans, fears, reflections and aspirations for the year ahead.

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Hans Bos at Irene Doutney's Memorial

We had a beautiful memorial for Irene, many friends came and spoke beautiful things about her, here is Hans Bos' contribution.

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Community Memorial for Irene Doutney - Video

Below are the links to the formal presentations made at the Community Memorial for Irene Doutney on 29 June 2018.

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Irene Doutney Memorial Program, Obituary and Key Speaches for 29 June 2018

This is the program for the Memorial on 29 June 2018. It also includes an obituary and some key speeches by Irene.

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Irene Dountney (1948 - 2018)

Irene Doutney passed a way on 11th June 2018. Irene was active on the Board of The Factory and on the REDWatch Co-ord Group for many years. She served two terms on the City of Sydney Council finishing as Deputy Lord Mayor. Stories about Irene and details of a Celebration of her life will be placed into this section of the website.

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City of Sydney and Waterloo Metro Quarter Meetings

Questions on Notice from Councillor Phelps with response from Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Council Meeting on 25 June 2018

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Vale Irene Doutney - Minute by the Lord Mayor

At City of Sydney Council meeting on 25 June 2018, the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, presented the following Mayoral Minute in recognition of Irene Doutney.

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Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial - 2pm 29 June 2018

This is a community event to remember Irene Doutney who recently passed away. This is a community event involves Irene's family, friends and colleagues. It is supported by The City of Sydney (of which she was an ex Deputy Lord Mayor), The NSW Greens (of which she was an elected member), Counterpoint Community Services (of which she was a volunteer and long term Management Committee Member) and REDWatch (of which she was a Co-ord Group member 2007-2015) and the Redfern NAB (of which she was a NAB Rep). A 78er, Irene participated in the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and was a long-time advocate for LGBTIQ rights. Irene had many involvements through her life and everyone is welcome to celebrate the contribution of this amazing woman.

Remembering Irene Doutney Community Memorial - 2pm 29 June 2018 - Read More…

Metro Quarter Draft Master Plan Exhibition - 30th May until 20 June 2018

This is an opportunity to comment on the proposed master plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter before it is finalised and submitted for formal exhibition. The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Sydney Metro Station and will encompass a new Metro Station and over station development, including new homes (including social and affordable housing), shops, community health services / community services and a new public / community plaza (concept only image) with an adjoining community building. The Metro Quarter Precinct is bounded by Botany Road, Cope Street, Raglan and Wellington Street. The Metro Quarter will be delivered ahead of the wider Waterloo Estate redevelopment and aims to be completed by 2022 before the trains are expected in 2024.

Metro Quarter Draft Master Plan Exhibition - 30th May until 20 June 2018 - Read More…

A Conversation on Human Services in the Redfern/ Waterloo Area

On Thursday 3 May 2018 REDWatch held a Roundtable on Human Services. Through caseworkers we found six people to start the REDWatch session by talking about their experience of the human services system and how it could be improved. This was then followed by a facilitated conversation with the broader attendees who had an interest in the human services system about what needed to be changed in the human services system. This conversation was led by Lyn Lormer from the Local Community Services Association (LCSA).

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Pyrmont to Camperdown – A better way - Sydney Uni Metro West Proposal

Sydney University has proposed a station on the Western Metro between RPA Hospital and Sydney University. To succeed Sydney Uni will have to knock off the already proposed Metro Station for the Bays precinct. The University proposal is that an Ultimo station can service the fish markets and surrounding areas. This PDF sets out the basic proposal 938KB PDF

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UrbanGrowth Metro Quarter Clarifications

At the REDWatch meeting on June 7 2018 UrbanGrowth undertook to provide some information back to REDWatch in clarification of some issues raised.

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Irene Doutney in her own words

The following description of Irene Doutney is adapted from her old City of Sydney Council Website and provides a good overview of what Irene stood for.

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Details for Irene Doutney's funeral and memorial

We have received the following details on 14 JUne 2018 evening from Sylvie Ellsmore regarding arrangements for Irene’s funeral which we are passing on.

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Vale Irene Doutney - 4 June 2018

It is with great sadness that I let you know of the death today of Irene Doutney at the St Vincent’s Hospice. Irene has been unwell for some years outliving doctors initial expectations. Plans will be made this week for a celebration Irene’s life probably here somewhere in Redfern and will let you know arrangements when know.

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REDWatch Meeting on Metro Quarter - 6pm Thurs 7 June 2018

This is an opportunity to hear UrbanGrowth present about their master plan proposal for the Waterloo Metro Quarter and to ask your questions.

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Metro Quarter Draft Master Plan Information Session - Sat 2nd June 11am-2pm Redfern Town Hall

This is an opportunity to comment on the proposed master plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter before it is finalised and submitted for formal exhibition. The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Sydney Metro Station and will encompass a new Metro Station and over station development, including new homes (including social and affordable housing), shops, community health services / community services and a new public / community plaza (concept only image) with an adjoining community building. The Metro Quarter Precinct is bounded by Botany Road, Cope Street, Raglan and Wellington Street. The Metro Quarter will be delivered ahead of the wider Waterloo Estate redevelopment and aims to be completed by 2022 before the trains are expected in 2024.

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Waterloo Metro Quarter railroads public housing tenants

The media release below was issued jointly by Inner Sydney Voice, Counterpoint Community Services and REDWatch on 30 May 2016. The media release was aimed to raise concerns about the separation of the Metro Quarter engagement from that of the Waterloo Estate.

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Draft Metro Quarter Proposal

On Wednesday 30 May 2018 UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC) and Transport for NSW / Sydney Metro released their draft proposal for the Waterloo Metro Quarter (Station block) and held their first information session. Here is a quick guide to what was released.

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Metro quarter to open without trains

The construction of large buildings around a new metro railway station at Waterloo in Sydney's inner south will be fast-tracked after planning for them was separated from the massive redevelopment of a nearby Public housing estate, writes Matt O'Sullivan in The Sun Herald of 27 May 2018.

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REDWatch Roundtable on Human Services - Thursday 3rd May 6pm

REDWatch Roundtable on Human Services - Thursday 3rd May 6pm at the Factory Community Centre – this is an opportunity for local residents to raise their comments about what needs to change in the human services system. A flyer to promote this event is attached.

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Metro Quarter Draft Master Plan Information Session - Wed 30th May 5-8pm Redfern Town Hall

This is an opportunity to comment on the proposed master plan for the Waterloo Metro Quarter before it is finalised and submitted for formal exhibition. The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Sydney Metro Station and will encompass a new Metro Station and over station development, including new homes (including social and affordable housing), shops, community health services / community services and a new public / community plaza (concept only image) with an adjoining community building. The Metro Quarter Precinct is bounded by Botany Road, Cope Street, Raglan and Wellington Street. The Metro Quarter will be delivered ahead of the wider Waterloo Estate redevelopment and aims to be completed by 2022 before the trains are expected in 2024.

Metro Quarter Draft Master Plan Information Session - Wed 30th May 5-8pm Redfern Town Hall - Read More…

REDWatch Initial Reaction on the Master Plan separation of Metro Quarter from Waterloo Estate

Below are the initial comments from REDWatch about the Metro Quarter Master Plan announcement on 18 May 2018 as sent to REDWatch members and supporters.

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Link to Sydney Metro Waterloo Station Website

This is a quick link to the Sydney Metro webpage for the proposed Waterloo Station

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What do we know about what is planned for the Metro Quarter from the announcement

The Metro Quarter will be integrated with the new Waterloo Sydney Metro Station and will encompass a new Metro Station and over station development, including new homes (including social and affordable housing), shops, community health services / community services and a new public / community plaza (concept only image) with an adjoining community building. The Metro Quarter Precinct is bounded by Botany Road, Cope Street, Raglan and Wellington Street. The Metro Quarter will be delivered ahead of the wider Waterloo Estate redevelopment and aims to be completed by 2022 before the trains are expected in 2024.

What do we know about what is planned for the Metro Quarter from the announcement - Read More…

Link to the UrbanGrowth Metro Quarter Website

Quick link to the UrbanGrowth Development Corporation's Official Metro Quarter Website

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Waterloo Metro Quarter Master Planning

The Metro Quarter is the site above the proposed Waterloo Metro Station. It has its own State Significant Precinct (SSP) study requirements. Early Visioning and study preparation was undertaken jointly with the Waterloo Estate SSP. On 18 May 2018 it was announced that the Metro Quarter master plan would be decoupled from Waterloo Estate master plan and that development of the Metro Quarter would be fast tracked to be built by 2022, two years before the station is scheduled to start operation. The announcement came simultaneously with 13 days notice of a 21 day "non statutory" exhibition of the draft master plan proposal for the above and below ground aspects of the site. The announcement broke undertakings given by LAHC, representing themselves, UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW, that there would be a 6-8 weeks break between the release of the Visioning and consultant report summaries before there was any master plan consultations. During this time there was to be workshops run by the consultants on the main studies so the community understood the issues raised by the consultants that should be reflected in the the master plan. The decoupling makes it difficult to deal with site wide issues such as what community facilities might be best located on the estate or at the station.

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Waterloo Health Forum 2.0 - Building a Healthy Resilient Community 8.30am to 2.00pm Friday 4th May

SLHD’s Waterloo Health Forum 2.0 - Building a Healthy Resilient Community 8.30am to 2.00pm Friday 4th May at NCIE. Everyone welcome please RSVP to SLHD-Planning@health.nsw.gov.au by 27th April, 2018

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Human Services - May 2017

The beginning of May 2018 has a Waterloo human services focus, with three events providing different opportunities for people to hear about, discuss and provide input on what needs to happen to better provide human services in the area. More information about each of the events can be found later in this email. The three events are:

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Report of the Building a Healthy and Resilient Waterloo Now and Into the Future 27th, 28th September 2017

On the 27th and 28th September 2017, a two-day forum was held by SLHD in collaboration with Counterpoint Community Services, Inner Sydney Voice and REDWatch, to identify ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents of Waterloo now, and into the future. This is the report issued by Sydney Local Area Health on that forum.

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FACS Waterloo Human Services Planning #2 Workshop of 20 March 2018

This is an outline of the process for the 20 March 2018 government and NGO human service agencies workshop, that was released publicly by FACS LAHC.

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FACS Waterloo Human Services Planning #1 Workshop of 20 February 2018

This is a compilation of material presented to government and NGO human service agencies, that was released publicly by FACS LAHC. It provides an overview of what the workshop covered and an indication of the policy framework within which a Waterloo Human Services Plan might fit.

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