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Elizabeth Street Redfern Developer Registration of Interest 20 Dec 2017

Minister Prue Goward visited Redfern on Wednesday 20 December 2017 to announce a Registration of Interest (ROI) process to speed up the proposed redevelopment of The Elizabeth Street Redfern public housing.

The Government will redevelop the Elizabeth Street site and is asking the private and not-for-profit sector to register their interest in delivering more social and affordable housing under the Communities Plus program. The ROI process closes 12pm Thursday 15 February 2018.

The ROI process is used to assess interest in the development. It will be followed by an EOI process for consortiums of Developers and Community housing providers. It is expected the successful party from the EOI process will work with LAHC in the Elizabeth St master planning process.

Currently there are no planning controls set for the Elizabeth Street site but media coverage from Channel 7 indicated a guess of around 500 units on the site. While the site has been declared a State Significant Precinct, no study requirements have been issued so the process to set the planning controls has not started. The 500 figure is a guess that may or may not result from the planning process.

It is expected that the successful consortium from the EOI process will work with LAHC on the SSD studies to do the studies that will set the planning controls.

This is a different process to Waterloo where the master planning will set the controls before the involvement of potential developers. LAHC expects that by starting the ROI process now that delivery of the development will be sped up with design happening in tandem with the formulation of the proposed controls.

Contrary to the Channel 7 report which reported the affordable housing coming out of the 30% social housing, the development is to follow the Communities Plus model with a target of up to 30% social housing and the balance 70% of private housing including 5% affordable housing. On the 500 unit guestimate, the development would deliver around 150 new social housing units on the site.

It appears that the Redfern Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), which will move into a larger purpose-built community recreational facility as part of the future redevelopment and that there will be no interruption to the PCYC service during construction. It is not clear what specific arrangements may have been directly entered into with PCYC.

A large proportion of public housing tenants in the adjoining Redfern housing estate are not youth and there is currently no adequate community centre / facility servicing the complex needs of the Redfern public housing community. Hopefully the SSD requirements will allow for the possibility of a general community facility on the site not just a replacement for PCYC.

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The FACS Media Release:

Vibrant new mixed housing precinct in Redfern

21 Dec 2017

A brand new mix of private, social and affordable housing in the heart of Redfern will offer vital housing support for those who need it most in Sydney’s inner city.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the Government will redevelop the Elizabeth Street site and is asking the private and not-for-profit sector to register their interest in delivering more social and affordable housing under the Communities Plus program.

“Here in Redfern, as at many other sites across Sydney, the NSW Government is building mixed housing developments of social, affordable and private housing that create transformative new communities,” Ms Goward said.

“This precinct is perfectly situated for tenants, with easy access to the new Waterloo metro and existing Redfern train station, local employment, education and support services, as well as shopping.”
The Redfern site is currently vacant apart from the Redfern Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), which will move into a modern new facility.
There will be no interruption to the PCYC service during construction.

“PCYC has been an integral part of the community of Redfern and South Sydney for over 65 years offering a range of activities and programs that get the community and young people active in life,” said PCYC Chief Executive Dominic Teakle.
“We are very excited with the commitment that the Government has made to redevelop a new PCYC that will serve the community of Redfern and south Sydney.”
The Communities Plus program will deliver up to 23,500 new and replacement social and affordable housing dwellings, and up to 40,000 private homes over the next 10 years. Other sites in Western Sydney under Communities Plus include Telopea, Liverpool, South Granville and St Marys.
For information on Redfern visit: https://www.communitiesplus.com.au/major-sites/redfern