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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.

Redfern - 600-660 Elizabeth St (near PCYC) - Build to Rent consultation - 15 October 2019 - Poets Corner

Communities Plus, part of the NSW NSW Government plans to build a new housing project to accommodate a mixed community with new social, affordable and market rental housing opposite Redfern Park at 600-660 Elizabeth Street Redfern. You are invited to learn more about the project.

Redfern - 600-660 Elizabeth St (near PCYC) - Build to Rent consultation - 15 October 2019 - Poets Corner - Read More…

Redfern - 600-660 Elizabeth St (near PCYC) - Build to Rent consultation - 18 October 2019 - Rewdfern Townhall

Communities Plus, part of the NSW NSW Government plans to build a new housing project to accommodate a mixed community with new social, affordable and market rental housing opposite Redfern Park at 600-660 Elizabeth Street Redfern. You are invited to learn more about the project.

Redfern - 600-660 Elizabeth St (near PCYC) - Build to Rent consultation - 18 October 2019 - Rewdfern Townhall - Read More…

Communities Plus Community information sessions - October 2019 - Poster

The NSW Government plans to build a new housing project to accommodate a mixed community with new social, affordable and market rental housing opposite Redfern Park at 600-660 Elizabeth Street Redfern. You are invited to learn more about the project on * Tuesday 15 October, 2019 - 1pm - 4pm - Poets Corner, 45 Morehead Street Drop by and enjoy a free BBQ lunch or * Friday 18 October, 2019 - 5pm - 8pm - Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street - Light refreshments will be provided. This is the poster for the event

Communities Plus Community information sessions - October 2019 - Poster - Read More…

Council Planning for Growth: What does it mean for Redfern and Waterloo? and REDWatch AGM

Benjamin Pechey A/Executive Manager Strategic Planning & Urban Design at the City of Sydney will talk about Council’s strategic plans for accommodating growth in the City of Sydney. The plans are currently on exhibition.

Council Planning for Growth: What does it mean for Redfern and Waterloo? and REDWatch AGM - Read More…

Michael Cassel to replace Anne Skewes as head of Land and Housing Corporation.

In the Newcastle Herald article below of 20 September 2019, it was announced that Michael Cassel would move from the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation to head up the Land and Housing Corporation responsible for the Communities Plus program and the Waterloo and redfern public housing redevelopments. Anne Skewes is moving to Crown Lands.

Michael Cassel to replace Anne Skewes as head of Land and Housing Corporation. - Read More…

Improve how Health works for you and the broader services system poster for 5 Sept 19

This is the poster for Shane Brown's talk about his Healthy Living Link Worker role in Waterloo for Sydney Local Health District. This role exists to help people navigate the complex heath system to get the mix of services they need. It also exists to identify the problems people find where parts of the health system do not work as well as they should. All welcome – bring your questions, stories and suggestions

Improve how Health works for you and the broader services system poster for 5 Sept 19 - Read More…

Redfern Station Community Option 5 Presentation Notes

On August 6th 2019 REDWatch and Reconnect Redfern presented Transport for NSW a Community Option 5 for the Redfern Station southern concourse. These are the notes from that presentation and should be read alongside the option 5 presentation slides. The presentation argues for five major issues to be addressed in designs for a southern concourse. The presentation also makes the case for a bike and pedestrian concourse between North and South Eveleigh which is missing from the options presented by Transport for NSW.

Redfern Station Community Option 5 Presentation Notes - Read More…

Redfern Station Community Option 5 Presentation Slides

This is the presentation provided by REDWatch and Reconnect Redfern to Transport for NSW on August 6th 2019 of a Community Option 5 for the Redfern Station southern concourse. This presentation argues for five major issues to be addressed in designs for a southern concourse. The presentation also makes the case for a bike and pedestrian concourse between North and South Eveleigh which is missing from the options presented by Transport for NSW. These slides are accompanied by some companion notes that detail information presented to Transport for NSW along side these slides. To understand the community proposal the presentation slides should be viewed alongside the presentation notes. This file is a PDF of the presentation.

Redfern Station Community Option 5 Presentation Slides - Read More…

Southern Concourse - Option 5 Image - A community option

Southern Concourse - Option 5 Image - A community option

This is an image from the the community generated option for the Southern Concourse which locals are taking to surrounding institutions and to Transport for NSW (TfNSW). This proposal is a modification on TfNSW's option 4 which even they admit is not viable. If there is to be only one bridge then it has to accommodate cycle and pedestrian movements across the rail corridor and not just provide much needed universal access the platforms. It needs to link people to platforms 11 & 12 and buses as well as to South Eveleigh. It also needs to link to the future developments at North Eveleigh and avoid the problems of Little Eveleigh Street and Marian Street. It also needs to meet Rail's platform limitations and not provide an elevated barrier at the rear of Little Eveleigh properties. The proposal is a concept only and is not fully worked up. For example the community suggested that the pathway could go through the Telecommunications building rather than above it or around it. The representations of this in the proposal is a possible way of doing this, it is to be treated as concept designs only not an indication of a preferred outcome. REDWatch wishes to thank Damien Minton for leading this project between REDWatch and Reconnect Redfern. We also wish to think Architects Cracknell and Lonergan for drawing up the proposal based on the community brief.

Southern Concourse - Option 5 Image - A community option - Read More…

Southern Concourse - Option 5 Analysis - A Community Option

This is the community generated option for the Southern Concourse which locals are taking to surrounding institutions and to Transport for NSW (TfNSW). This proposal is a modification on TfNSW's option 4 which even they admit is not viable. If there is to be only one bridge then it has to accommodate cycle and pedestrian movements across the rail corridor and not just provide much needed universal access the platforms. It needs to link people to platforms 11 & 12 and buses as well as to South Eveleigh. It also needs to link to the future developments at North Eveleigh and avoid the problems of Little Eveleigh Street and Marian Street. It also needs to meet Rail's platform limitations and not provide an elevated barrier at the rear of Little Eveleigh properties. The proposal is a concept only and is not fully worked up. For example the community suggested that the pathway could go through the Telecommunications building rather than above it or around it. The representations of this in the proposal is a possible way of doing this, it is to be treated as concept designs only not an indication of a preferred outcome. REDWatch wishes to thank Damien Minton for leading this project between REDWatch and Reconnect Redfern. We also wish to think Architects Cracknell and Lonergan for drawing up the proposal based on the community brief.

Southern Concourse - Option 5 Analysis - A Community Option - Read More…

RWA Railway Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Proposals

The Redfern Waterloo Authority (RWA) included the need for a pedestrian and cycle connection between North Eveleigh and South Eveleigh. Here we have assembled some of the planning work they undertook. Firstly we have drawn from the final version of the RWA Built Environment Plan showing two possible connections across the rail corridor. It also included illustrations of how a bridge from North Eveleigh to South Eveleigh would operate and how pedestrians would move from the north end of the station to the south. This work was reflected in the North Eveleigh Concept plan so we have included some material on how this was expected to work on the North Eveleigh side. Finally in 2008 the RWA prepared a proposal for a bridge across the railway line which they called the "Eveleigh Heritage Walk". These documents and supporting were exhibited but the proposal was withdrawn and not progressed. The technical documents can still be accessed on the Department of planning website at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=1234 - None of these proposals showed how they would connect to the railway platforms however this was expected in the planning documents.

RWA Railway Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Proposals - Read More…

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