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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.

Waterloo South Gateway comunications concerns from WRG

This letter was sent on 27 May 2021 to Ministers and officials concerned with the South Eveleigh Gateway announcing. The letter requests a briefing for tenant representatives and their support agencies prior to any media announcement on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal Gateway determination. The letter is sent on behalf of the Waterloo Redevelopment Group (WRG) and signed by the current co-chairs.

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NSW LAHC sites within City of Sydney LGA

This is a map from May 2021 showing Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) properties in the City of Sydney. LAHC own the land on which public and some social housing is located. The map is produced from the City of Sydney property records. Earlier in 2021 the NSW made available the locations of publicly owned lands but it excluded all property owned by state own corporations such as LAHC. For those in Redfern and Waterloo this map can be compared with a similar Council map from 2006 of DoH Properties in Waterloo & Redfern Urban Design Area (http://www.redwatch.org.au/issues/public-housing/redevelopment/cosuds/dohmap/download). A comparison shows LAHC properties in Redfern and Waterloo that have been sold by LAHC between 2006 and 2021.

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Housing 2041 Policy Media Release from Minister for Water, Property and Housing

This is the text of the media release issued by Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey on 5 May 2021 on the release of the Housing 2041 strategy and an initial two-year action plan to deliver improved outcomes immediately and into the future by focusing on housing supply, diversity, affordability and resilience.

Housing 2041 Policy Media Release from Minister for Water, Property and Housing - Read More…

NSW Housing Policy

This section of the site holds information on NSW housing policy that is relevant to the Redfern-Waterloo area.

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REDWatch Presentation Slides on Redfern Station Connectivity 22 April 2021.

This is the presentation used for the REDWatch Workshop on connectivity on 22 April 2021. It is best understood in conjunction with the REDWatch Background paper for the same meeting. We acknowledge the work undertaken by Cracknell & Lonergan Architects and others on graphics for this presentation.

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REDWatch Meeting 6 May - Health Equity – what it is and why it is important

This meeting will include a presentation from Fiona Haigh about Health Equity – what it is and why is it important. Fiona Haig is the Director of the Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) – a joint initiative of Sydney Local Health District and the UNSW Medicine Faculty's Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE). Fiona has been involved in helping facilitate some of the early work of the Waterloo Collaborative that brings together government and non-government services to deliver improved outcomes for service users and the community in Waterloo.

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REDWatch Submission on the Redfern North Eveleigh Strategic Vision

This is the text of the REDWatch submission of 26 April 2021 on the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Redfern North Eveleigh Strategic Vision.

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Waterloo South Planning Proposal Gateway Review and Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Terms of Reference

This document was provided to a member of the NAB's Waterloo Redevelopment Group (WRG) in response to a request for the Terms of Reference for the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) prior to the WRG meeting the IAG. This document explains the process currently under way within the Department and the IAG.

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REDWatch Transport Connectivity Workshop 22 April 2021 poster

This is the poster for the REDWatch workshop on connectivity around Redfern Station and North Eveleigh

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REDWatch Transport Connectivity Workshop - Redfern Station & Surrounds Workshop - 22 April 2021

This is a round table workshop to look at connectivity around Redfern Station and North Eveleigh. REDWatch has prepared a paper setting out some of the identified issues for discussion. This workshop will also look at proposals drawn up for REDWatch to address some of these connectivity issues including a possible bridge from Carriageworks to South Eveleigh. We have invited key stakeholders to help us explore what is needed.

REDWatch Transport Connectivity Workshop - Redfern Station & Surrounds Workshop - 22 April 2021 - Read More…

Groundswell Local agency input to Independent Advisory Group on Waterloo South Planning Proposal

On 8 April 2021 11am local Groundswell agency representatives (Geoff Turnbull REDWatch, Claire McAteer ISV and Michael Mackenzie Shreenan Counterpoint) met online with the Waterloo South Independent Advisory Group (IAG) regarding Waterloo South. The agencies also responded to requests from the IAG regarding the consultation timeline for previous engagement on the Waterloo Visioning, Options, Preferred Master Plan prior to the Council proposal and LAHC's decision to only progress the southern precinct. Some Groundswell agencies also supplied written submissions to the IAG. On 8 April the IAG had separate 25 minute meetings with representatives from Groundswell, The NAB's Waterloo Redevelopment Group, The Waterloo Public Housing Action Group and representatives from the Aboriginal community. Below are the talking Points that the local Groundswell agencies managed to fit into its 8 minute presentation to the IAG.

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Inner Sydney Voice - Waterloo Letter to DPIE and Advisory Panel on Waterloo April 2021

This is a copy of the letter sent by Inner Sydney Voice to the Department of Planning Industry and Environment and the Independent Advisory Group regarding the assessment of the Waterloo South planning proposal.

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Redfern North Eveleigh Strategic Vision on Exhibition until 23 April 2021

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. Exhibition has been extended until April 23 2021.

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REDWatch Redfern Station & North Eveleigh Connectivity

This paper was prepared for a Workshop on 22 April 2021 to explore Redfern Station & North Eveleigh Connectivity. It deals with issues related to bus connectivity at Redfern Station, the operation of the Southern Concourse, movements from Waterloo Metro to Sydney University and the need for North and South Eveleigh to be connected as part of the Redfern North Eveleigh vision.

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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.

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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.

Groundswell Redfern Waterloo letter to DPIE Secretary and key stakeholders - Read More…

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.

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

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.

TfNSW North Eveleigh Strategic Vision - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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