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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.

Clover Moore's Update on the Waterloo South redevelopment

This letter received from Lord Mayor Clover Moore on 30 March 2021 explains that the City of Sydney will no longer be the planning authority for the Waterloo South planning proposal that was endorsed by Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee in February 2021. The letter also advises that Minister Stokes has agreed to community representatives meeting with DPIE before a decision is made.

Clover Moore's Update on the Waterloo South redevelopment - Read More…

REDWatch Letter to DPIE and other key Stakeholders regarding Waterloo South

Below is the text of a letter sent by REDWatch on 25 March 2021 to DPIE Secretary Jim Betts and key stakeholders regarding the Minister's decision that DPIE would take over control of the planning proposal for Waterloo South. The statement was sent to all the key stakeholders including the independent panel members. The letter sets out some of REDWatch's key concerns resulting from the decision.

REDWatch Letter to DPIE and other key Stakeholders regarding Waterloo South - Read More…

Groundswell Redfern Waterloo letter to DPIE Secretary and key stakeholders

Groundswell Redfern Waterloo letter jointly produced the following letter to DPIE Secretary Jim Betts and key stakeholders regarding the Minister's decision that DPIE would take over control of the planning proposal for Waterloo South. The statement was sent to all the key stakeholders including the independent panel members. Organisations adding their support to the letter includes Counterpoint Community Services, Inner Sydney Voice, REDWatch, Redfern Legal Service, Tenant's Union NSW, Shelter NSW, The Sydney University Settlement and Milk Crate Theatre.

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Counterpoint / Waterloo Redevelopment Group initial response to Independent Panel Announcement

News that Council had been stripped of its role over Waterloo South and that DPIE would take over planning with the assistance of an Independent Advisory Panel cane during a meeting of the Waterloo NAB's Waterloo Redevelopment Group (WRG). The attached is a response from Michael Shreenan as Acting Chair of the WRG to the announcement.

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Redfern North Eveleigh - State Significant Precinct (SSP) Study Requirements

Rezoning in Redfern North Eveleigh will be done as a State Significant Precinct and on 21 December 2020 the Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) issued the details of what Transport for NSW (TfNSW) must cover in its precinct studies for that rezoning. Study requirements have been prepared in consultation with state agencies and the City of Sydney council to guide (TfNSW) investigations into proposed new planning controls within the Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Outcomes Report of the Place Design Forum held August 2020

DPIE in collaboration with TfNSW, hosted a Place Design Forum in August 2020 to hear views from key stakeholders and community to inform preparation of a vision and any new or updated planning controls for the Redfern North Eveleigh precinct. The presentations and results are captured in the Outcomes Report of the Place Design Forum.

Redfern North Eveleigh Outcomes Report of the Place Design Forum held August 2020 - Read More…

Independent expert advice to steer future of Waterloo

THis is a copy of the statement that appeared on the DPIE website on 17th March 2021 advising the names of the advisors to the departmental Secretary who will determine the Planning Proposal to be exhibited for Waterloo South.

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Waterloo stalemate must not Continue - Minister Stokes

This is the text of the Media Statement Rob Stokes Minister for Planning and Public Spaces released on Twitter on Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Waterloo stalemate must not Continue - Minister Stokes - Read More…

TfNSW North Eveleigh Strategic Vision

This is a copy of the North Eveleigh Strategic Vision released by Transport for NSW on 1 March 2021 for consultation until 26 March 2021.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Strategic Vision on Exhibition until 26 March

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has released its Strategic Vision (PDF, 12.05 MB) to guide the renewal and redevelopment of the Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct

Redfern North Eveleigh Strategic Vision on Exhibition until 26 March - Read More…

REDWatch Meeting Thurs 4 March 6pm – Council Planners explain Waterloo South

The next REDWatch meeting will attempt to unpack the City of Sydney Planning Proposal for Waterloo South. We will hear from the City of Sydney Planners as they discuss the City's vision for Waterloo South. This will be an opportunity for the general community to get an understanding of the proposal and to ask questions.

REDWatch Meeting Thurs 4 March 6pm – Council Planners explain Waterloo South - Read More…

Poster for Waterloo South REDWatch meeting on 4 March 2021

This poster is to promote the REDWatch meeting where City of Sydney Planners explain the Council planning proposal for Waterloo South.

Poster for Waterloo South REDWatch meeting on 4 March 2021 - Read More…

Counterpoint Community Services Waterloo South Response - 15 Feb 2021

This response to Council's Waterloo South Planning Proposal was issued by Counterpoint Community Services to City of Sydney for the Council Committee and the Centrral Sydney Planning Committee's consideration of the waterloo South Planning proposal.

Counterpoint Community Services Waterloo South Response - 15 Feb 2021 - Read More…

REDWatch Preliminary Analysis of Councils Waterloo South Planning Proposal

The Analysis below was produced by REDWatch and circulated by our email distributiuon lists on 19 February 2021. This analysis seeks to explain some of the key issues arrising from the Council Planning Proposal and some of REDWatch's concerns.

REDWatch Preliminary Analysis of Councils Waterloo South Planning Proposal - Read More…

City of Sydney's planning proposal for Waterloo South - 11 February

The City of Sydney (CoS) Council released its proposal for the planning controls to govern the proposed Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) redevelopment of Waterloo South on 10th February 2021. The Council proposal is part of the papers for the Transport, Heritage and Planning Committee on Monday 15 February 2021 where Councillors will consider the proposal from Council staff. The proposal is also considered by the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) at 5pm on Thursday 18 February 2021 before going to the Council Meeting on Monday 22 February and then to the Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment for approval for public exhibition later this year. Below is some information on the proposal documents and the original Land and Housing Corporations proposal made public by the Council.

City of Sydney's planning proposal for Waterloo South - 11 February - Read More…

REDWatch Submission on Loco Mod 7 encroachment on Public Space

In Modification 7 for its Locomotive Workshop DA, Mirvac seeks to permanently take over public space which is supposedly protected by a positive covenant and an easement. This is REDWatch's submission on this Modification.

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REDWatch Final Submission on Waterloo Metro Quarter DAs

This is the final REDWatch submission for the December 2020 Waterloo Metro Quarter Over Station Development DAs. The issues raised in this submission came out of a submission workshop on November 24 2020 held by REDWatch and from input from the immediate community about their concerns. The submission covers all 5 DAs that were on exhibition.

REDWatch Final Submission on Waterloo Metro Quarter DAs - Read More…

Waterloo Metro Exhibition until 2 December

On 5th November 2020 the Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) put the State Significant Development Applications (DAs) for the Waterloo Metro over Station Development (OSD) on exhibition until December 2nd 2020. There are five different DAs that the community is expected to digest and comment on within the 28 days exhibition period! REDWatch has provided links to the exhibition and other information to assist submissions.

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Consultation - Explorer Street Eveleigh until 11 December 2020

Land and Housing Corporation are looking for Pre-Lodgement feedback on their options for the redevelopment of the public housing at Explorer Street Eveleigh. The Consultation will go until 11 December and a Social Impact Assessment is also being prepared by Elton Consulting.

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REDWatch submission on Explorer Street South Eveleigh

This REDWatch‘s submission on the Explorer Street Eveleigh and Franklyn Street Glebe redevelopment proposals of 11 December 2020. In this submission REDWatch expresses its concerns about how LAHC have gone about the announcement and asked for LAHC toi take into account what tenants say they needed in earlier redevelopments. The submission also argues, based on earlier RWA work, that the density proposed in LAHC's options is to great for the South Eveleigh site.

REDWatch submission on Explorer Street South Eveleigh - Read More…

REDWatch Social Impact Assessment Guidelines Submission

REDWatch made a submission to the Department of Planning Industry and Environment on the draft guidelines for Social Impact Assessments (SIA) being required on all State Significant Development Applications and State Significant Infrastructure in November 2020. While the LAHC sites are currently with Council rather than DPIE we have argued in our submission that the Social Impact Assessments should be extended to cover such redevelopments. The SIA Guidelines were originally put together for mining projects and redevelopment of settled inner city public housing communities throw up many different social impacts. You can read our submission here.

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Waterloo Metro over Station Development Submissions Guide – Until December 2nd 2020

On 5th November 2020 the Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) put the State Significant Development Applications (DAs) for the Waterloo Metro over Station Development (OSD) on exhibition until December 2nd 2020. There are five different DAs that the community is expected to digest and comment on within the 28 days exhibition period!

Waterloo Metro over Station Development Submissions Guide – Until December 2nd 2020 - Read More…

BEP2 on South Eveleigh

This is the extract from the RWA's Built Environment Plan 2 proposal in 2011 that deals with South Eveleigh and the Explorer Street Precinct

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Explorer Street Eveleigh Redevelopment Proposal - Community Information Pack

This is the information pack produced by Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) for the pre-lodgement Community Consultation until 11 December 2020. The Information pack presents three options for the redevelopment and is seeking input prior to lodging a proposal with the City of Sydney Council. In outline the proposal is to replace the exisiting 46 public housing units with 430 dwellings of which around 120 are proposed for Social Housing.

Explorer Street Eveleigh Redevelopment Proposal - Community Information Pack - Read More…

Explorer Street Eveleigh Renewal

On 11 November 2020 the NSW Land and Housing Corporation anounced the renewal of the 46 public housing properties in Explorer Street Eveleigh. This was also considered for renewal in the Redfern Waterloo Authorities BEP2 in 2011. Since 2011 52 dwellings in Rowley Street have had their management transferred to Bridge Housing and are not part of the 2020 proposed redevelopment.

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Social Housing Renewal in Central Sydney - Media Release 11th November 2020

In this media release the Land and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey anounced two new housing renewal projects in the City of Sydney LGA at Franklyn Street Glebe and Explorer Street South Eveleigh. The Minister said: “By deconcentrating disadvantage, we can breathe new life into local economies and deliver more jobs, provide better connections to education outcomes and improve amenities for all residents.”

Social Housing Renewal in Central Sydney - Media Release 11th November 2020 - Read More…

Letter to Explorer Street Tenants advising of the redevelopment

This letter was distrinuted to tenants on 20 November 2020 advising them that their homes woulkd be redeveloped and how they would be involved in the process.

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Waterloo Human Services Plan NGO Background Paper

This paper has been put together to assist those entering the Waterloo Human Services Plan (HSP) discussions to understand the historic context. It sets out what Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) believe can be achieved by a Waterloo HSP. It was released on 9th October 2020 in the leadup to discussions with DCJ District about establishing an accross agency Waterloo Human Services Collaborative Working Group.

Waterloo Human Services Plan NGO Background Paper - Read More…

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