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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.

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.

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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.

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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 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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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!

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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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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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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.

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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.”

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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.

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LAHC response to the Social Sustainability Study Report recommendations

The Waterloo South Social Sustainability Study contains a table with recommendations from the report and Land and Housing Corporation's (LAHC) response to those recommendations. As this is a key indicator of what LAHC has committed to in delivering a socially sustainable development we have extracted the table and made it easily accessible. The full amended Waterloo south social sustainability report can be downloaded from the City of Sydney Waterloo South webpage https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/policy-planning-changes/planning-proposal-request-waterloo-estate-south. Parts of this table were missing from the initial version of the report released. When this was fixed it threw out page numbering so the adjusted report does not have page numbers in the first section and page titles were also deleted.

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TPCE responsible for all tenant support in Waterloo after LAHC stops funding support positions

In this correspondence from Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) on 18 August 2020 on behalf of Ministers Pavey and Ward it was confirmed that LAHC would not continue to fund independent support positions in Waterloo. The email points out that DCJ funds the TPCE Program which "supports social housing tenants to access information and services, connect with their local communities and participate in housing and community issues which effect their lives". Follow this link for the full text of the correspondence.

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Tenant Participation and Community Engagement Program (TPCE)

Mission Australia runs the Department of Communities and Justice funded Tenant Participation and Community Engagement Program (TPCE). In December 2018 TPCE replaced the Tenant Resource Participation Service (TPRS) and the Housing Communities Program (HCP) supporting inner city public housing tenants. TPCE is to support social housing tenants to access information and services, connect with their local communities and participate in housing and community issues which effect their lives. Under the TPCE Program, Mission Australia supports Neighbourhood Advisory Boards and tenant groups, provides coaching and training opportunities, and communication with tenants. In this section of the site we have collected material about TPCE including the the details of DCJ's expected outcomes and expectations from the establishment of TPCE.

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TPCE Sydney District Priorities

For the Exopression of Interest process each district set its own priorities for the TPCE program. Here we have extracted from the Attachment to the Guidelines the priorities for the Sydney, South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney District which covers inner city public housing.

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DCJ State Requirements of TPCE

This extract from the Expression of Interest Applicant Guidelines outlines the state Outcomes and Expectations of the TPCE program.

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TPCE Program Guidelines

These are the Guidelines for the TPCE program made available as part of the TPCE Expression of Interest process. They set out what the grogram framework and what the sucessful bidder needs to deliver in the TPCE program.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Place Design Forum Info Pack for 26-27 August 2020

This is the Information Pack for participants in the Redfern North Eveleigh Place Design Forum to be held on 26-27 August 2020. The information kit provides an overview of both the site and the program for the forum.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Place Design Forum - 26-27 August 2020

2020 Planning for Redfern North Eveleigh will kick off with a Place Design Forum - 26-27 August 2020 that REDWatch has been asked to attend akong with other community. business, education and government stakeholders. REDWatch has been involved in discussions about the redevelopment of North Eveleigh since 2004. You can find the history of this precinct up a level on this website. Below is the initial information about the Place Design Forum.

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DPIE commit to Human Service Plan delivery for LAHC

In this correspondence from Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) on 18 August 2020 it was confirmed that the Housing and Property Group within the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment will lead the Waterloo Human Services Plan with support from Department Communities and Justice (DCJ). More details will follow on who will be responsible for this work.

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LAHC Reply on behalf of Ministers re support for tenants and human services

On behalf of Groundswell agencies Counterpoint, Inner Sydney Voice and REDWatch wrote to Minister's Pavey and Ward regarding a number of matters including the defunding of the support positions for the Waterloo Redevelopment and the future of the promised Waterloo Human Service Plan. The agencies were also involved in a follow up meeting with Alison Frame, the Deputy Secretary of the Housing and Property Group within the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment where LAHC is located. The email below received on 18 August 2020 is the formal reply on behalf of the Ministers to the issues raised.

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Information for DCJ Tenants in High Rise Buildings 28 July 2020

This information sheet, titled Staying Safe during COVID-19 Information for Department of Communities and Justice Tenants, is in various community languages. OPen the PDF file and find yopur language. This sheet was distributed into the high-rises at the end of July 2020.

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2020 Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct

2020 Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct

This is a map of the area covered by the TRansport for NSW and Department of Planning and Environment Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct notified in August 2020.

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Transport for NSW Planning for North Eveleigh Precinct

With the demise of Urban Growth Development Corporation planning for the North Eveleigh site has moved to TRansport for NSW in conjunction with The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). DPIE say they are taking "a new approach to precinct planning which centres the planning system around people, places, public spaces and the environment. While the planning process for the Redfern North Eveleigh precinct will be led by the NSW Government due to its strategic importance, a key element of the new approach is close collaboration with local councils, stakeholders and the local community." Here we are gathering information about this planning process that publically started in August 2020.

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REDWatch Correspondence with Council regarding release of Waterloo South Documents

Following the June 2020 REDWatch meeting, REDWatch wrote to LOrd Mayor, Clover Moore regarding the release of Land and Housing Corporation's proposal for Waterloo South. Below you will see our letter to Clover and her response which has addressed the concerns that we have raised with her about the lack of transpaency of the Waterloo South proposal, for which Council was being blamed.

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Where is the Waterloo Human Services Plan?

THis is the poster for the August 6th REDWatch meeting on human services. The meeting will look at the takeaways from the Waterloo Impact Report which was based on discussions with service users and both Government and non government service providers. The recomendations provide a starting point for issues to be addressed in a human services plan approach fro Waterloo.

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Have you been impacted by Covid-19 and need a mate?

We know that Covid-19 has been a challenging time, are you in need of a mate? Counterpoint Community Services has put together a flexible response team of "mates" to help. The mates can help with: Job seeking assistance; Emotional and counselling support; Collection of essential shopping, medicines and other household items; Help with navigating and accessing on line services; Support and wellbeing check and assistance to access other supports; Assistance with small tasks around the house; and Support for personal growth, education and development. This is the poster for the Flexible Errand Project funded by a City of Sydney grant. Counterpoint will do a simple assessment for the best way to assist you as this service is for community members identified as with a ‘priority need’ and who are significantly affected by COVID-19 in the City of Sydney’s LGA.

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Waterloo Impact Project Report 2020 Recommendations

These are the final recommendation PowerPoint slides to accompany the Waterloo Impact Project Report. The Waterloo Impact Project explores local perceptions to establish what views exist around the local client referral system and coordination between agencies, both government and non-government, and the needs for any improvement. The consultation consisted of interviews and focus groups with residents and agencies. A draft report was made public in January 2020, and feedback was requested. Independently facilitated follow up workshops took place to test the findings and recommendations. This was a challenging endeavour due to the impacts of Covid-19. The Counterpoint team worked alongside the Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Waterloo Redevelopment Group and the Redfern Waterloo Groundswell since August 2019 to ensure the report’s relevance and accuracy.

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City of Sydney webinar on The Waterloo planning proposal

The City of Sydney has produced an excellent webinar based on their presentation to REDWatch on 9 July 2020. The webinar is on the Council's Waterloo South webpage. This webinar is highly recommended as it provides an excellent explanation of the LAHC proposal and the approach Council is taking to assessing LAHC's proposal.

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Waterloo Impact Project Report 2020

The Waterloo Impact Project explores local perceptions to establish what views exist around the local client referral system and coordination between agencies, both government and non-government, and the needs for any improvement. The consultation consisted of interviews and focus groups with residents and agencies. A draft report was made public in January 2020, and feedback was requested. Independently facilitated follow up workshops took place to test the findings and recommendations. This was a challenging endeavour due to the impacts of Covid-19. The Counterpoint team worked alongside the Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Waterloo Redevelopment Group and the Redfern Waterloo Groundswell since August 2019 to ensure the report’s relevance and accuracy. The report has now been completed along with final recommendation presented in PowerPoint slides.

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