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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.

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.

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

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).

REDWatch Update on Redfern Station Southern Concourse Exhibition until 24th June 2020 - Read More…

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.

Southern Concourse Formal Proposal - Read More…

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.

Waterloo South rezoning proposal - Read More…

SLHD Wellness Clinic Tuesday 5 May, 10am to 2pm Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre

Sydney local Health District in partnership with Counterpoint Community Services are holding a Wellness Clinic on Tuesday 5 May, 10am to 2pm Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre, Shop 95, Wellington Street, Waterloo.

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SLHD Wellness Clinic - 5 May Flyer

Sydney local Health District in partnership with Counterpoint Community Services are holding a Wellness Clinic on Tuesday 5 May, 10am to 2pm Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre, Shop 95, Wellington Street, Waterloo. The clinic is aimed at social housing tenants in Redfern and Waterloo and will:

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DCJ April 2020 Covid-19 Letter and Factsheet

This Letter from Minister Ward and the attached fact sheet was issued electronically by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) on April 2 2020. The fact sheet provides advice to tenants on Covid-19 related issues.

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DCJ Covid-19 letter to public housing tenants

The following letter has been received by Public Housing tenants regarding COVID-19. LIke many of the messages at the moment it deals with issues of personal safety. Hopefully soon there will also be something that reassures tenants about how LAHC and DCJ will manage the buildings and tenancies to look after the vulnerable people who occupy much of the areas public housing. In contrast DCJ funded services have been told they need to continue their services to vulnerable people throughout the crisis and if someone gets sick with the virus that the service needs to talk to DCJ about how the service continues.

DCJ Covid-19 letter to public housing tenants - Read More…

Waterloo Estate Planning Proposal Process

THis is a PDF of the presentation made by the City of Sydney to REDWatch on 5th March 2020 regarding the planning process that will apply to the Elizabeth Street Redfern Build to Rent and the Waterloo estate master plan proposal. PDF 5MB.

Waterloo Estate Planning Proposal Process - Read More…

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