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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.
Potential Massing in Botany Road Corridor under Planning Proposal

Potential Massing in Botany Road Corridor under Planning Proposal

This diagram shows the potential massing from rezoning and bonus floorspace proposed by the Botany Road Precinct Planning Proposal

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REDWatch Flyer for Meeting on Botany Road Planning Proposal - 5th Aug 2021

This is the flyer for the REDWatch Meeting August 5th 6pm - Council briefing on Botany Road Corridor Planning Proposal. Council has agreed to make a presentation about its plans for the Botany Road Corridor so that locals can get an early understanding of what is proposed. Some of the area impacted by these changes will be next to the Waterloo South redevelopment so we expect there to be some interest from public housing tenants as well as from local private landowners and renters.

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Plans for Waterloo and Alexandria to create more than 15,000 jobs

Plans for Waterloo and Alexandria to create more than 15,000 jobs

This is the text of the media release from City of Sydney Council of 28 July 2021 regarding the Botany Road Precinct and the North Alexandria Precinct Planning Proposals.

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Council Planning Proposal for Botany Road Precinct

Council Planning Proposal for Botany Road Precinct

On Monday 26 July 2021, Council unanimously accepted the planning proposal for the Botany Road Precinct. The proposal now goes to the Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) for their assessment and approval to go on exhibition. Public exhibition is expected late 2021 or in 2022. While there may be changes made during the DPIE assessment, the Council proposal and its supporting studies provide valuable background to the area and what emerged from Councils, urban design studies and consultation. This material will be the underlying basis for the proposal when it goes on public exhibition.

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REDWatch Meeting August 5th 2021 6pm - Council briefing on Botany Road Corridor Planning Proposal

Council has agreed to make a presentation about its plans for the Botany Road Corridor so that locals can get an early understanding of what is proposed. Some of the area impacted by these changes will be next to the Waterloo South redevelopment so we expect there to be some interest from public housing tenants as well as from local private landowners and renters.

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REDWatch Meeting Thursday 1 July 6pm to discuss Waterloo South

Given the release of the Gateway Determination REDWatch has decided to go ahead with its July 1 meeting at 6pm on line for those who are able to join us. Please contact mail@redwatch.org.au for Zoom details.

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Waterloo South Gateway Determination Released

As the Council proposal was the one submitted for the determination, it is the modified Council proposal that will go to public exhibition before the end of the 2021. The determination requires specific changes and study updates be made by DPIE to the Council proposal prior to its exhibition. At the time of the Gateway it is not clear when this work will be finalised or when exhibition will take place.

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WATERLOO ESTATE SET TO PROCEED TO EXHIBITION

Minister Stokes issued the Gateway determination for Waterloo South on 23 June but it was only released publically on 29 June at 6pm. Below is the media release issued by the Minister. The story was released early to the Sydney Morning Herald. LAHC, Council and some community representatives were breifed about the decision prior to the public release.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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