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RWA Redfern Waterloo Plan Urban Renewal

This was the content of the initial Redfern Waterloo Plan Urban Renewal Page on the RWA Website on 7 October 2005


The RWA’s strategies for enhancing the built environment of Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh and Darlington will concentrate on the issues of urban design, traffic, public access, public transport, land use, affordable housing and urban renewal.

The social and economic revitalisation of the RWA’s area of operation is considered a ten year project. The Redfern-Waterloo Plan, which is intended to outline the strategy for urban renewal, is therefore being developed in stages. It is intended to be a living document, which builds upon its earlier priorities and strategies, with community input as an ongoing feature.

Stage One of the Plan, which is expected to be released for public consultation in late 2005, will cover the first three years of the RWA’s operation. A number of strategic sites, some of which are government lands no longer fully required for their earlier purposes, have been identified as forming the urban renewal focus for Stage One of the Plan. These sites are:

  • Former North Eveleigh Railyards
  • South Eveleigh
  • Australian Technology Park
  • Eveleigh Street Precinct
  • Redfern Railway Station Precinct
  • Gibbons-Regent Streets Precinct
  • Former Redfern Public School
  • Former Redfern Police Station and Courthouse
  • Former Rachel Forster Hospital

All of these Stage One sites are situated in an area arcing out from Redfern Station, which is considered an essential target for redevelopment/refurbishment to enhance access, safety and commercial/retail activity.

The Minister for Redfern-Waterloo and the RWA will undertake the consent authority role for any developments on strategic sites and any other sites that may be nominated in the future. The Redfern-Waterloo Plan will accordingly support the development of planning controls for these sites.

The City of Sydney will continue to be the primary consent authority for other developments in the RWA’s area of operation and the City’s planning controls will continue to apply to its areas of jurisdiction.

The Minister for Redfern-Waterloo has established a Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Built Environment, with a number of community representatives, to provide advice to the Minister and the RWA for the purposes of the Redfern-Waterloo Act 2004. The City of Sydney and Commonwealth/State agencies are also represented on the Committee.

Each stage of the Redfern-Waterloo Plan will be the subject of a proper process of community consultation prior to its adoption.

Enhancing the built environment of Redfern-Waterloo is inextricably linked to strategies for creating local employment, facilitating enterprise development and producing more efficient and effective delivery of human services. For this reason, the Redfern-Waterloo Plan will tackle all these complex, inter-related issues in a way designed to ensure that the local community is a beneficiary of the process of urban renewal.

This text appeared on 7 October 2005 at http://www.redfernwaterloo.nsw.gov.au/redfern_waterloo_plan/urban_renewal.htm