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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 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!

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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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.

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…

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.

LAHC response to the Social Sustainability Study Report recommendations - Read More…

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.

TPCE responsible for all tenant support in Waterloo after LAHC stops funding support positions - Read More…

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.

Redfern North Eveleigh Place Design Forum - 26-27 August 2020 - Read More…

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.

DPIE commit to Human Service Plan delivery for LAHC - Read More…

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.

LAHC Reply on behalf of Ministers re support for tenants and human services - Read More…

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.

Information for DCJ Tenants in High Rise Buildings 28 July 2020 - Read More…

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.

Transport for NSW Planning for North Eveleigh Precinct - Read More…

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.

REDWatch Correspondence with Council regarding release of Waterloo South Documents - Read More…

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.

Where is the Waterloo Human Services Plan? - Read More…

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.

Waterloo Impact Project Report 2020 Recommendations - Read More…

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.

City of Sydney webinar on The Waterloo planning proposal - Read More…

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.

Waterloo Impact Project Report 2020 - Read More…

Council and LAHC present on Waterloo and Redfern – 6pm Thursday 9 July at REDWatch meeting

With Council releasing a site plan for Waterloo and Council’s planning proposal for the Redfern Build-to-Rent (this is the site containing the PCYC site) being finalised by Council tonight, it is possible to have a wider discussion about these LAHC and Council plans.

Council and LAHC present on Waterloo and Redfern – 6pm Thursday 9 July at REDWatch meeting - Read More…

LAHC's Waterloo South Plan released by City of Sydney

LAHC's Waterloo South Plan released by City of Sydney

Following representations from REDWatch, Agencies and public tenants, the City of Sydney has released a plan showing proposed heights and layout of Land and Housing Corporation's proposal for Waterloo South. In releasing the plan the Council has reworked their web page to show the LAHC proposal alongside the 2019 LAHC Preferred Master Plan and the Councils's own 2019 proposal. Council has made it clear that "It is likely changes will be made to the proposal the corporation has submitted as the process of review will continue during the assessment phase."

LAHC's Waterloo South Plan released by City of Sydney - Read More…

LAHC Newsletter on Waterloo South Lodgement - 16 June 2020.

In their first newsletter since issuing the Preferred Plan in January 2019, this is how LAHC advised Waterloo public housing tenants of the details of their Waterloo South master plan. Tenant representatives and agencies had requested LAHC to provide a similar level to that which was released in January 2019 if they changed the plan. There is not even a plan of what LAHC is proposing, only some artists impressions which are meaningless for a rezoning proposal.

LAHC Newsletter on Waterloo South Lodgement - 16 June 2020. - Read More…

LAHC stops funding for Waterloo Community Positions

LAHC has verbally advised Counterpoint Community Services that it will not extend the funding for the Waterloo Community Development, Aboriginal Liaison and bi-lingual educators (Russian and Chinese) past the end of June 2020.

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Waterloo Plan Changes - REDWatch Update

Below you will find REDWatch's analysis of the material released by Council and LAHC about the rezoning proposal for Waterloo South LAHC have submitted to the City of Sydney Council. This material was sent out as a REDWatch Email Update to Members, Supporters and Agencies

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REDWatch Poster for June 18 2020 Waterloo Metro Station and Over station Development Meeting

This is the poster to advertise the REDWatch Zoom meeting on the 18 June 2020 6pm meeting on the Waterloo Metro Station and Over station Development.

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Waterloo Preferred Masterplan - January 2019

This is the LAHC Preferred Masterplan of January 2019. It has been placed on the REDWatch website because it has been removed from the Land and Housing Corporation / Communities Plus website. LAHC have since altered their Preferred plan but this is the only preferred plan that was shown to local residents.

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Have your say Waterloo integrated station development June 2020

This is the flyer for the pre-DA consultation for the Waterloo Metro and above station development. John Holland will deliver the metro station along with a joint venture between John Holland and Mirvac to deliver the Waterloo integrated station development, including the buildings above and next to the station. During June 2020 the joint venture is looking for feedback on • Building designs • Public art and landscape • Facilities or services • Construction impacts • Public domain • Car parking • Retail spaces.

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REDWatch Update on Redfern Station Southern Concourse Exhibition until 24th June 2020

This REDWatch update provides a quick overview and links to the exhibition materials as well as to support materials produced by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

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Southern Concourse Formal Proposal

The Transport for NSW proposal for the Redfern Station Southern Concourse went on formal exhibition on 27 May until 24th June 2020.

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Clover Moore letter to Residents about Waterloo Estate - 1 June 2020

This letter was issued on 1 June 2020 by Clover Moore for distribution to residents in response to the submission of the LAHC proposal for Waterloo South.

Clover Moore letter to Residents about Waterloo Estate - 1 June 2020 - Read More…

Communities Plus website on Waterloo South lodgement

The Communities Plus site contains a number of new artists impressions that have not been seen elsewhere. It also shows the new map dividing Waterloo Estate into South, Central and North precincts.

Communities Plus website on Waterloo South lodgement - Read More…

Clover Moore response to Waterloo South Lodgement

Clover Moore responded to the announcement of the Waterloo South lodgement on Facebook on 1 June 2020. The text of the post is below.

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Waterloo Redevelopment moves forward - Government Media Release

This media release was issued on Sunday 31 May 2020 jointly by Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property & Housing, Rob Stokes Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and Gareth Ward Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services.

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Waterloo South rezoning proposal from City of Sydney Website

This information was placed on the City of Sydney website on 29 May 2020. On the City website it was spread over a number of pages but for ease of access we have bought this together in one document and only used some graphics.

Waterloo South rezoning proposal from City of Sydney Website - Read More…

Megacity reaching for the sky in a smaller way - Sunday Telegraph Text

This is the text of the print edition of The Sunday Telegraph article of 31 May 2020 page 27 entitled "Megacity reaching for the sky in a smaller way". This article contained some information about LAHC's revised proposal for Waterloo Estate as well as some details of what was proposed on the Southern portion of the estate.

Megacity reaching for the sky in a smaller way - Sunday Telegraph Text - Read More…

Waterloo South rezoning proposal

In mid May 2020, Land and Housing Corporation lodged an application for the rezoning of the Southern portion of the Waterloo Estate SSP area. On 29 May, Council released an acknowledgement of the lodgement along with some high level details of the proposal. On 31 May LAHC, through a media drop to The Sunday Telegraph, provided some additional information. The Communities Plus website for Waterloo will presumably be updated. This section of the website deals with the Waterloo South rezoning proposal.

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