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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.

Redfern Station Southern Concourse Consultation until 2 June 2019

Plans for a new southern concourse to Redfern Station have been made available for public comment. This is the first step in a State Significant Infrastructure Project process which will take a couple of years to plan and deliver a new concourse.

Redfern Station Southern Concourse Consultation until 2 June 2019 - Read More…

Counterpoint Community Services Neighbourhood Week Events Program 1-17 May

Counterpoint Community Services during Neighbourhood Centre Week in My 2019 is running a range of events. The events also help celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Factory Community Centre. Please pass these details on to others that might be interested in an event.

Counterpoint Community Services Neighbourhood Week Events Program 1-17 May - Read More…

BEYOND BRICKS & MORTAR POSTER - A meal and talk with Professor Jim Ife – May 2 6pm

The May REDWatch meeting will be a bit different – we not only have a highly regarded speaker and author, but we will also providing a meal for those attending! This is the poster to advertise the event. Please pass it on to people who might be interested.

BEYOND BRICKS & MORTAR POSTER - A meal and talk with Professor Jim Ife – May 2 6pm - Read More…

City of Sydney Waterloo presentation - PDF of Slides

The City of Sydney have posted their 6 March 2019 presentation in a Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzovf155nq9zsye/181114_OLM_Waterloo.pptx - this file is in PowerPoint format and has two embedded videos and speaker notes producing a very large 294MB file that will be too big for many. REDWatch has produced a PDF of all the slides in the presentation. This PDF excludes video from We Live Here and the fly through of Council's proposal which is available on the Council's website. This file is too big for some email systems at 13MB but it be easily downloaded, viewed and printed. Council has also released the text of what was said at the community meeting you can download this and the original PowerPoint from https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/changing-urban-precincts/waterloo-precinct/saving-waterloo-have-your-say

City of Sydney Waterloo presentation - PDF of Slides - Read More…

Karen Freyer's petition on returning planning contol of Waterloo to the City of Sydney

Following the City of Sydney presentation. Redfern resident Karen Freyer put together an on-line petition at https://www.change.org/p/the-hon-gladys-berejiklian-mp-the-hon-michael-daley-mp-planning-for-people-not-politics. As many people in Waterloo public housing do not have ready access to computers Karen has also produced a pdf copy that people can print off get signed and return the completed petition to her.

Karen Freyer's petition on returning planning contol of Waterloo to the City of Sydney - Read More…

REDWatch response to LAHC and CoS Masterplan Proposals

In the response below REDWatch calls for LAHC to release supporting material so that the community can understand their Preferred Masterplan. REDWatch also calls for a further consultation on the Prefered Masterplan before it is formally submitted for exhibition.

REDWatch response to LAHC and CoS Masterplan Proposals - Read More…

Urban Taskforce Media Release on City of Sydney Alternative plan for Waterloo

In this media release issued before the City public meeting Urban Taskforce argues that Clover Moore is scaremongering Waterloo Residents – revitalisation is needed.

Urban Taskforce Media Release on City of Sydney Alternative plan for Waterloo - Read More…

Counterpoint Community Services response to City of Sydney Alternative Plan

This is Counterpoint Community Services's submission on the City of Sydney’s Allternative Approach to Waterloo Estate Redevelopment issued on 8 March 2019.

Counterpoint Community Services response to City of Sydney Alternative Plan - Read More…

City of Sydney Waterloo Animation

by REDWatch — last modified Mar 04, 2019 07:04 PM — History This is an animation comparing the LAHC Preferred Masterplan with the City of Sydney Council's alternative proposal. The REDWatch website does not allow embedded video so this file produced by the City of Sydney is only available for download.

City of Sydney Waterloo Animation - Read More…

Pemulwuy approval ends long housing struggle on The Block

The Independent Planning Commission has approved the Pemulwuy Project proposal for a 24 storey student housing building along the railway line adjacent to the already approved Pemulwuy Project including 62 Affordable Housing units on The Block in Redfern. The approval means that the Aboriginal Housing Company can now self-fund their Affordable Housing development.

Pemulwuy approval ends long housing struggle on The Block - Read More…

COMMISSION APPROVES HIGH-RISE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION FOR “THE BLOCK”

The Independent Planning Commission has approved the Pemulwuy Project proposal for a 24 storey student housing building along the railway line adjacent to the already approved Pemulwuy Project 62 Affordable Housing units on The Block in Redfern. The approval means that the Aboriginal Housing Company can now self fund their Affordable Housing development. Below is the media statement issued by the IPC on 4 March 2019 and links to the determination documents.

COMMISSION APPROVES HIGH-RISE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION FOR “THE BLOCK” - Read More…

City releases alternate plan for Waterloo Estate

The City of Sydney today released an alternate proposal for the NSW Government's redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate, calling on the Government to scrap their current plan and hand planning control of the site back to the City of Sydney. The media release is below.

City releases alternate plan for Waterloo Estate - Read More…

Image of the Prospective Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct at Central-Eveleigh

Image of the Prospective Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct at Central-Eveleigh

This image of the Prospective Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct at Central-Eveleigh is taken from the prospectus report and was also released at the time of the announcement. It shows the Central-Eveleigh corridor and a wider area arround the corridor where the companies in the Technology Precinct are likely to be located.

Image of the Prospective Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct at Central-Eveleigh - Read More…

A vision for the new Sydney Technology and Innovation Precinct

On 26 February the NSW Government announced the Central-Eveleigh Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct. Here is background from the Department of Industry website about the proposal.

A vision for the new Sydney Technology and Innovation Precinct - Read More…

Central-Eveleigh Sydney Inovation and Technology Precinct

On Tuesday 26 February the Premier announced the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct to be located at Central-Eveleigh. Here you will find some information about the precinct.

Central-Eveleigh Sydney Inovation and Technology Precinct - Read More…

Redfern Station Accessability Upgrade

On 27 February, the story of the upgrade was carried in the Sydney Morning Herald and the following information appeared on the Transport for NSW website. The anouncement came just before the NSW Government went into Caretaker mode so it is not expected more details will be officially available until after the March 23 NSW Election. The SMH reported that "After years of refusals by successive governments to upgrade the heritage-listed station, six lifts and six sets of stairs will be installed as part of a $100 million project, ensuring better access for commuters to platforms one to 10. The lifts will link to a footbridge to be built at the southern end of the station. It will improve access to the Australian Technology Park, Carriageworks and the University of Sydney. The footbridge will connect Gibbons Street, on the eastern side of the rail tracks, with Little Eveleigh and Wilson streets to the west. While preliminary surveys and geotechnical work are under way, major construction at Redfern is not expected to begin until late this year and will take about a year to complete". The link to the SMH story is at the foot of this post.

Redfern Station Accessability Upgrade - Read More…

Access Upgrade to Redfern Station

Redfern Station was approved for an accessibility upgrade in February 2019 as part of the Transport Access Program. The project aims to provide a station precinct that is accessible to those with a disability, limited mobility, parents/carers with prams and customers with luggage.

Access Upgrade to Redfern Station - Read More…

Mirvac’s redevelopment of The Locomotive Workshops approved

The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has handed down its determination on two Mirvac DAs for the Locomotive Workshop at South Eveleigh (ATP).

Mirvac’s redevelopment of The Locomotive Workshops approved - Read More…

Council's public meeting on Waterloo - 6 March 6pm

The City of Sydney has called a meeting at Alexandria Town Hall to share their response to the Waterloo Masterplans and to share an alternative proposal for the site being developed by Council's expert planning staff. Beloiw is the text of letter distributed around Redfern and Waterloo about the meeting.

Council's public meeting on Waterloo - 6 March 6pm - Read More…

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