You are here: Home

The latest news from REDWatch

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.

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…

Waterloo Estate Master Plan outline released

On 23 January 2019 afternoon Minister Prue Goward released the Preferred Master Plan proposal for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate. Here are links to the plan and some preliminary comments by REDWatch.

Waterloo Estate Master Plan outline released - 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…

A new centre for heritage transport at Chullora - Eveleigh Implications

On 30 November 2018 Transport for NSW announced a new Heritage transport centre at Chullora. The media release below, along with the factsheet also below, made specific reference to the Large Erecting Shop (LES) at Eveleigh as being "adapted for new uses". The ATP sale sale to Mirvac contained a provision which allows it first right of refusal to the LES if not required by Transport for NSW. The media statement also makes reference to the Paint Shop at Eveleigh but it is not referenced as being "adapted for new uses". The text of the statement and the fact sheet are below.

A new centre for heritage transport at Chullora - Eveleigh Implications - Read More…

Mayoral Minute and Council Resolution of 11 Feb 2019 covering Waterloo Redevelopment

At the City of Sydney Council Meeting on 11 February 2019, Lord Mayor Clover Moore moved a mayoral minute dealing with "The Devastating Impacts of State Planning on the City of Sydney". This Minute made reference to the Waterloo Redevelopment and contained a recommendation that Council host a public meeting about the Waterloo redevelopment. The recommendations were accepted by Council along with another resolution later in the meeting specifically about Council action on the Waterloo Estate Redevelopment. The text of the minute and the resolution are below:

Mayoral Minute and Council Resolution of 11 Feb 2019 covering Waterloo Redevelopment - Read More…

City of Sydney involvement in Waterloo

The City of Sydney was vocal in 2016 about the densities proposed for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate and surrounding areas. They have supported groups during the masterplanning process as well as having Council staff involved in the Department of Planning Process. With the public release of the masterplans for Waterloo Metro and Waterloo Estate Council again raised their concerns. Here is some of the statements and decisions of City of Sydney Council regarding Waterloo.

City of Sydney involvement in Waterloo - Read More…

Linda Scott letter to REDWatch Members and the Waterloo community

City of Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor sent this letter entitled "Public Good Must Drive Waterloo’s Future" to REDWatch for the forum on the The Waterloo Masterplan

Linda Scott letter to REDWatch Members and the Waterloo community - Read More…

REDWatch - Waterloo Estate Preferred Option - Poster for 7 Feb 2019

This is the poster for the REDWatch meeting on 7 February 2019 at which LAHC will present on the preferred option for the Waterloo Estate redevelopment.

REDWatch - Waterloo Estate Preferred Option - Poster for 7 Feb 2019 - Read More…

REDWatch Waterloo Metro SSP and SSDA Submission

REDWatch made the submission below on the Waterloo Metro SSP and SSDA on 30 January 2019.

REDWatch Waterloo Metro SSP and SSDA Submission - Read More…

Waterloo Estate Preferred Plan

On January 23 2019 Minister Prue Goward released an outline of the preferred Master Plan for the Waterloo Estate. Here is material relating to that Master Plan.

Waterloo Estate Preferred Plan - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - LAHC present on Preferred Option for Waterloo Estate

Land and Housing Corporation expect to be able to present their preferred option for the Waterloo Estate redevelopment to the February 7 REDWatch meeting.

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - LAHC present on Preferred Option for Waterloo Estate - Read More…

Clover Moore: Raise your concerns to protect Waterloo

Clover Moore has written to her supporters asking them to make submissions about the Waterloo Metro exhibitions. Below we have provided the details supplied by Clover. We have also taken the issues Clover's planners have raised in the form of a submission that you can copy and modify into the Planning portals or copy into a written submission with any changes you want to make.

Clover Moore: Raise your concerns to protect Waterloo - Read More…

Social Baseline Report Preliminary detail issues and comments

uThe following preliminary comments were prepared by Michael Shreenan of Counterpoint Community Services and supplied to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and Land and Housing Corporation. The comments draw on feedback provided on an earlier GHD report on community facilities which remain issues in the current GHD report. It also draws on feedback from other Groundswell agency members about the current GHD Social Baseline Report.

Social Baseline Report Preliminary detail issues and comments - Read More…

Lies, damn lies and statistics – REDWatch comments on the Waterloo demographic reports

One of the concerns about the Waterloo redevelopment is that the existing vulnerable public housing community will continue to exist, but it will be less visible in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) measures used by social planning and funding bodies.

Lies, damn lies and statistics – REDWatch comments on the Waterloo demographic reports - Read More…

Groundswell Agencies Round-table on Waterloo Metro proposal exhibition Jan 18 10.30 am

Groundswell agencies are holding a round table about the Waterloo Metro proposal to outline issues that might be of concern to tenants and residents. Agencies will share their comments and look forward to hearing from others in the community on Friday January 18, 10.30am, The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street, Waterloo.

Groundswell Agencies Round-table on Waterloo Metro proposal exhibition Jan 18 10.30 am - Read More…

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW Community Open Day on Waterloo Metro Exhibition

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW are holding a Community Open Day on Friday January 18, 1pm – 4pm at Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street, Redfern

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW Community Open Day on Waterloo Metro Exhibition - Read More…

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW Information Session on Waterloo Metro Exhibition

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW are holding an Information Session in the Waterloo Estate: Thursday January 17, 10am – 1pm, Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre. A free BBQ will be provided.

UrbanGrowth and Transport for NSW Information Session on Waterloo Metro Exhibition - Read More…

Estate Options Testing Consultation Report Released

On 11 January LAHC released their Options Testing Consultation Report. This report documents for the SSP process the outcomes of the options testing phase of consultation for the Waterloo Redevelopment. It also incorporates an overview of the findings of the initial visioning phase of the consultation.

Estate Options Testing Consultation Report Released - Read More…

Waterloo Options Testing Consultation Report less Exhibition Boards, Notices and Visioning Report

This is a copy of the Waterloo Options Testing Consultation Report with the last two Appendicies removed. The removed material covers the previously seen Exhibition Boards, Notices and earlier Visioning Report. This version of the report only deals with the new material from the options testing.

Waterloo Options Testing Consultation Report less Exhibition Boards, Notices and Visioning Report - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Monthly REDWatch Meeting

REDWatch meets on the first Thursday of the month

Monthly REDWatch Meeting - Read More…

Document Actions
Support REDWatch

If you find this website of value please consider contributing to the work of REDWatch.

Make a Donation
« March 2019 »
March
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
Upcoming Events
Monthly REDWatch Meeting Apr 04, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo
Monthly REDWatch Meeting May 02, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo
Monthly REDWatch Meeting Jun 06, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo
Monthly REDWatch Meeting Jul 04, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo
Monthly REDWatch Meeting Aug 01, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo
Upcoming events…