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Redfern-Waterloo Authority Annual Report 05-06

This is the text of the RWA Annual Report excluding the Financial Report for the Financial year ended June 2006. The Report can be downloaded as either a full version with pictures (2MB) or without pictures (254Kb). We have provided the RWA Annual report on this form to allow it to be searched easily on this site.

Coverage Map
Letter to the Minister
Statement from The Chairperson and Chief Executive officer
Principle Objectives Overview
Corporate Governance Key Strategies
Built Environment
Human Services
Employment and Enterprise State Significant Development
Board Member Profiles
RWA Sponsorship and Grants Independent Audit Report Director's Statement
Contact Details

Registered office is Redfern-Waterloo Authority
Level 11, Tower 2 1 Lawson Square Redfern NSW PO Box 3332 Redfern 2016 T: 02 9202 9100 F: 02 9292 9111 redfernwaterloo@rwa. nsw.gov.au  www.redfernwaterloo.com.au

Redfern-Waterloo: A diverse community
The traditional owners of Redfern-Waterloo are the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. Today, the area is one of cultural and historical focus for Aboriginal people throughout NSW and Australia. People from many backgrounds live in Redfern-Waterloo and the most common languages spoken at home after English are Russian, Chinese, Greek, Arabic, Spanish and Vietnamese.

To establish Redfern-Waterloo as an active, vibrant and sustainable community by promoting and supporting greater social cohesion and community safety, respect for the cultural heritage and orderly development of the area in consideration of social, economic, ecological and other sustainable development.

Minister's Letter
The Hon. Frank Sartor MP
Minister for Redfern-Waterloo
Parliament House
Macquarie Street

Dear Minister Sartor
It is with pleasure that I forward you the second Annual Report for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority for the year ending 30 June 2006.
This report has been prepared in accordance with NSW Annual Report legislation and the Redfern-Waterloo Act 2004 No 107.

Yours Sincerely
Robert Domm
Chief Executive Officer Redfern-Waterloo Authority

Statement from the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
We have great pleasure in welcoming you to the second Annual Report for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority.
As part of the Government's 10-year vision for the revitalisation of the Redfern-Waterloo area, our first full year of operation has already yielded some exciting results.
Since opening its doors in January 2005, the energy and commitment of the Board and staff of the RWA in undertaking our charter has been unwavering. Many initiatives are well and truly underway, particularly in the area of promoting investment and related job creation schemes for local unemployed, with a particular emphasis on training and employment for the Indigenous community.
A highly visible community cooperation now exists that includes regular informative newsletters home delivered to residents, an interactive website, consultation on major issues, public forums, meetings, discussion groups and direct access to the RWA via phone, email and in person.
For the last six months of the reporting period, our efforts have been focused on finalising plans for the built environment and employment and enterprise, as well as driving and monitoring the implementation of Phase One of the Human Services Plan (HSP), which aims to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged within our community.
The Human Services, Employment & Enterprise and Built Environment Plans are components of the overall Redfern-Waterloo Plan, which is currently being implemented as part of the Government's 10-year strategy.
The first stage of the RWA's Built Environment Plan is a key driver in the social and economic revitalisation of the area. Since the RWA's commencement in 2005, the NSW Government has directly facilitated the investment of nearly $300 million towards infrastructure development in Redfern-Waterloo. Of this amount, more than $76 million has been directly committed by the RWA.
The major investment includes a $35 million Indigenous youth centre at the former Redfern Public School, a $40 million contemporary performing arts space at the former North Eveleigh railyards, a $10 million community health centre at the former Courthouse/Police Station, $16 million for Aboriginal affordable housing, $6 million for a pedestrian/cycle bridge linking the ATP with North Eveleigh and $6 million for essential infrastructure works at the Australian Technology Park (ATP).
In June 2006, the RWA entered a landmark agreement with Sydney Broadcast Property Limited for the construction of a 43,500 sqm state-of-the-art media centre at the ATP. Under the agreement, the Seven Network and Pacific Magazines will relocate to Redfern within the next three years, along with other commercial tenants. This project represents the largest commercial development in Redfern for at least a decade and will deliver 600 construction jobs and 2000 permanent jobs. 60 of the construction jobs will be created for unemployed Aboriginal workers.
A further 600 permanent jobs will be created at the ATP with the RWA's current $47 million construction of new premises for the National Information Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). 26 Aboriginal jobs have also been created on this project, bringing the total to more than 120 construction jobs in the RWA's area of operation.
The RWA's job creation strategies are geared towards the local community being a major beneficiary of the urban renewal program, particularly the more disadvantaged sections of the community where unemployment and welfare dependency are major factors. The RWA's Employment & Enterprise Plan, released in May 2006, is a strategy designed to provide opportunities through meaningful training and employment, thereby addressing the root causes of social disadvantage.
Ministerial Advisory Committees have been established to advise the Minister for Redfern-Waterloo on matters relating to built environment, employment and enterprise and the delivery of human services in the area and a full list of current Committee members is included in this report.
While much has been achieved by the RWA in a short space of time, the Board and staff remain fully focussed on the difficult challenges ahead. We look forward with the confidence that momentum has been achieved towards building opportunities for the Redfern-Waterloo community.
David Richmond AO Chairperson
Robert Domm
Chief Executive Officer

Principle Objectives

  • To encourage the urban renewal of Redfern-Waterloo into an active, vibrant and sustainable community;
  • To promote, support and respect the Aboriginal community in Redfern-Waterloo with regards to the importanceof the area to the Aboriginal people;
  • To promote the orderly development of Redfern-Waterloo whilst taking into consideration principles of social,economic, ecological and other sustainable development;
  • To enable the establishment of public areas in Redfern-Waterloo; and
  • To promote greater social cohesion and community safety in Redfern-Waterloo.

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) was created by a NSW Government Act of Parliament in Oct 2004 (Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004 No 107) and established on 17 January 2005.
The RWA is responsible for revitalising Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh and Darlington through strategic urban renewal, job creation and improved human services in consideration of social, economic, ecological and other sustainable development, public spaces, Aboriginal community needs, social cohesion and community safety.
The principle objectives of the RWA are being delivered as a result of the NSW Government's 10-year Redfern-Waterloo Plan, which is designed as a "whole of community" strategy to address the complex issues of, and the needs of people who live within, the Redfern-Waterloo community.
As it is intended to be a "living" document that builds upon its earlier priorities and strategies, The Plan is being developed in stages, with ongoing community input a major component.

Organisational Structure
Chief Executive Officer, RWA Managing Director, ATP
Infrastructure Enterprise and Employment Community Relations
Office Management
Information Management and Technology Australian Technology Park Precinct Management Urban Renewal
Reforming Human Services
In order to achieve its vision, the RWA has undertaken to:

  • Promote, facilitate, manage, undertake and secure the social, economic, ecological and other sustainable development and use of the operational area, including the development and management of land, the provision of infrastructure and the establishment of public areas;
  • Provide and promote housing choices in the operational area (including for Aboriginal residents);
  • Provide and promote employment opportunities for local residents, commercial opportunities for local businesses and cultural development (including the needs of the Aboriginal community) in the operational area;
  • Enhance and manage public places in the operational area and to improve, maintain and regulate the use of those public places;
  • Promote, co-ordinate, organise, manage, undertake, secure, provide and conduct cultural, educational, commercial, recreational, entertainment and transport activities and facilities in the operational area; and
  • Do any other thing for the sustainable improvement of the operational area.

Corporate Governance

(see PDF version)

The Minister for Redfern-Waterloo, the Hon. Mr Frank Sartor MP, is responsible for the control and direction of the RWA. The Minister has established a Board of Governance and, while the Board establish the policies and directions for the RWA, its day to day management is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer.
Three Board Committees were also established:

Audit and Compliance Committee
The Audit and Compliance Committee is the focal point for communication between the Board, the external auditors, the internal auditors and management, as their duties relate to the financial accounting, reporting and internal controls and compliance.
The Audit and Compliance Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities as to accounting policies and reporting practices of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority. It is to be the Board's principal agent in assuring the independence of RWA auditors, the integrity of management and the adequacy of the disclosures to the public.
Profile: Michael Bremner
Michael Bremner of Mackenzie Bremner Architects and Interior Design in Regent St Redfern has lived and worked in the area for 10 years. A member of the Redfern- Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Michael believes there has been a significant decline in crime levels over the last couple of years. He's an advocate of the RWA's proposed urban renewal plans.
Anything that increases the area's socio economic mix is a good thing."
Affordable Housing Committee
The Affordable Housing Committee reviews the development and operation of an affordable housing program for Redfern-Waterloo and the operation of affordable housing developer agreements.
Urban Renewal Committee
The Urban Renewal Committee reviews the RWA's built environment strategies and plans, advises staff and makes recommendations to the Board.

Ministerial Advisory Committees
Following community consultation, the Minister for Redfern-Waterloo, the Hon. Frank Sartor MP invited Expressions of Interest from residents of Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh and Darlington to participate in any of three Ministerial Advisory Committees.
These Committees also consist of representatives from NSW government agencies and local Aboriginal communities and were set up to advise the Minister on matters relating to the development and implementation of the initiatives of the RWA.

Key Strategies
The NSW Government's 10-year Redfern-Waterloo Plan comprises three major components:

  • Built Environment Plan -focusing on urban design, traffic, public access, public transport, land use, affordable housing, public housing, cultural heritage and urban renewal.
  • Employment and Enterprise Plan -developing and implementing strategies to increase job and business opportunities in the area, including within the Indigenous community.
  • Human Services Plan -reforming human services and health issues affecting residents of Redfern-Waterloo.

Built Environment
The Draft Built Environment Plan (Stage One) was published in February 2006 and, along with the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), is a landmark strategy providing a consistent set of controls relating to urban design, land use zoning or re-zoning and the carrying out of future development on eight RWA strategic sites:
•    Redfern Railway Station, Gibbons and Regent Streets
•    Australian Technology Park (ATP)
•    North Eveleigh
•    South Eveleigh
•    Eveleigh Street
•    Former Local Court House and Police Station
•    Former Rachel Forster Hospital
•    Former Redfern Public School
The Plan also identifies strategies for associated transport, traffic management, heritage protection,open space and public domain improvements, infrastructure provision, pedestrian and cycle accessand guidelines for the achievement of safe and sustainable communities.
The key principle of the Plan involves the creation of an economic and civic centre around RedfernStation, along with pedestrian and cycleway links to business hubs at ATP, North Eveleigh, and Redfernand Regent Streets.
The final Built Environment Plan (Stage One) was released in August 2006 and included:
•    Plans for a $10m community health centre at the former Redfern Courthouse and Police Station
•    A new Town Centre around an upgraded Redfern Station
•    A $6m pedestrian and cycle bridge to link Australian Technology Park with North Eveleigh
•    The re-zoning of Marian Street Park for public recreation

Significant Achievements

  • Invested $47m in the construction of a six-storey building at ATP to be occupied by National ICT Australia(NICTA) and the Department of Defence, Science & Technology (DSTO) - the first building in an exciting new development phase for the Precinct
  • Negotiated a landmark agreement with Sydney Broadcast Property for the construction of a $120m media centre at Australian Technology Park that will create 600 construction and 2000 permanent jobs
  • Negotiated with the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) for the purchase of the former Redfern Public School from the Department of Education and Training for refurbishment as a $35m National IndigenousDevelopment Centre
  • Initiated a concept design study for the redevelopment of Redfern Railway Station and the creation of significant adjacent public space
  • Began dealing directly with development applications on State Significant Sites with a capital investment value of less than $5m
  • Committed $16m towards facilitating the provision of new dwellings over the next 10 years for affordable housing for Aboriginal residents

Future Key Tasks

  • Finalise the draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for RWA's strategic sites, including one specifically for Australian Technology Park to reflect proposed new planning and design controls for the Site
  • Finalise the draft Development Contributions Plan to enable the levying of contributions toward the provision of public amenities and services
  • Finalise the draft Affordable Housing Contributions Plan and supporting Affordable Housing Program to provide a basis for levying contributions for the provision of affordable housing
  • Finalise the draft Public Domain Improvement Plan to guide public improvements in Redfern-Waterloo and provide an overview of works to be facilitated over the next decade
  • Establish a Stakeholder Partnership with the RTA, City of Sydney, Ministry of Transport, RailCorp and community representatives to facilitate improvements to local area traffic management.
  • Conduct extensive research into the options for existing public housing and the possibilities to enhance the availability of affordable housing in partnership with the Department of Housing.

Public and affordable housing strategies form the basis of the proposed Built Environment Plan (Stage Two), which will focus primarily on the development of proposals to:

  • Revitalise public housing stock
  • Improve the associated public domain
  • Reduce concentration of public housing
  • Increase the local population to establish a more sustainable social mix
  • Facilitate the provision of affordable housing, including a shared equity model of home ownership.

Built Environment Ministerial Advisory Committee
Mr David Richmond -Chair
Professor Chris Johnson -Department of Planning
Mr Warwick Glenn -Department of State and Regional Development
Ms Kathy Roil -Department of Housing Superintendent Catherine Burn -NSW Police Service Mr Chris Ford -Roads and Traffic Authority Mr Richard Hemsworth -RailCorp
Ms Catherine Hart -City of Sydney Council
Community Members:
Ms Jocelyn Jackson Mr Alex Kibble
Mr Richard Pembroke Mr Shane Phillips Mr Jonathan Rez Mr Steve Tamas Mr Geoffrey Turnbull Ms Ann Weldon

Human Services
Following a review in 2004 of human services within the Redfern-Waterloo area, the RWA's Phase One Human Services Plan was published in December 2005 and sets out a framework for improving access to health, education, employment and other essential human services in the local community.
Phase One addresses services provided primarily for children and young families, young people and Aboriginal people and included:
•    Improving the health and wellbeing of children
•    Lifting local school numeracy and literacy levels, and school attendance and retention rates to at least the State average
•    Improving support for vulnerable people
•    Reducing the incidence of family violence
•    Increasing participation and involvement of young people in the community
•    Increasing numbers of young people accessing employment and training opportunities
•    Reducing drug and alcohol misuse, and offending and recidivism
•    Building community capacity

Significant Achievements

•    Implementation and evaluation of the Human Services Plan

•    Development of a human services reform strategy

•    Establishment of three taskforces

        -Youth Services Reform

        -Community Capacity Building

        -Drug & Alcohol Taskforce

•    Approval in principle for the setting up of a Redfern-Waterloo Fund (RWF) in partnership with the Sydney Community Foundation to attract corporate and individual financial or in-kind contributions

•    Establishment of Aboriginal Women's and Men's community groups

Future Key Tasks
•    Develop strategies specifically dealing with private and public housing
•    Investigate the establishment of high and low care residential facilities for older people, including facilities specifically for Aboriginal people
•    Address the need for more affordable housing and service gaps for homeless people
•    Make multi-purpose spaces and community facilities more available
•    Implement strategies to improve safety and perceptions of safety within the community
The strategies in Phase One are also of benefit to the aged, homeless people, people with disabilities and migrant communities, with the release of the Draft Phase 2 Human Services Plan in October 2006 involving the development of further improvements to services for all these groups.
The key priorities proposed in Phase Two include:
•    Increased access to dementia support
•    Improved service quality for migrants
•    Better access to aged care and health services by Aboriginal people 45 years and older
•    Reducing the negative impact of homelessness through early intervention and support
•    Improving identification of need and access to services for people with disabilities
•    Reducing social isolation
•    Improving access to local and community transport for people who are transport disadvantaged
•    Improving safety and amenity within the Redfern-Waterloo area
Amongst its proposals, the Human Services Plan aims to consolidate some services for families, children and young people by forming three services precincts. The proposed precincts will be located in:
•    Redfern East - initially focusing on the Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) on Phillip Street
•    Waterloo -focusing on the services currently provided by the South Sydney Youth Service at Waterloo Oval
•    Redfern West -focusing around the Redfern Community Centre in Hugo Street
The Draft Phase Two Human Services Plan also contains strategies to strengthen the governance and day-to-day management of non-government service providers. Steps to achieve this include:
•    Joint service planning
•    Sharing of administrative resources
•    Common reporting, monitoring and evaluation arrangements
•    Physical and virtual co-location of services using modern communication technologies and out-sourcing arrangements
•    Training and professional development of staff; and the improvement of facilities

Human Services Ministerial Advisory Committee
Mr Aldo Pennini -Co-Chair
Mr Gary Moore -Co-Chair NCOSS
Mr Ivan Simon -Department of Aboriginal Affairs
Ms Anne-Maree Sabellico -Department of Community Services Dr Phil Lambert -Department of Education and Training Mr John Becker -Department of Housing
Mr Greg Stewart -Sydney South West Area Health Service Superintendent Catherine Burn -NSW Police Service
Mr Colin Kay -Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC) Mr Paul Cramer -Department of Family and Community Services Ms Helen Campbell -Redfern Legal Centre
Ms Monica Barone -City of Sydney Council
Community Members:
Ms Maybelle Chang Ms Jill Edwards
Mr Howard Glenn Mr Dominic Grenot Ms Shirley Lomas Ms Lynette Stewart

Employment & Enterprise
Following a Draft version released in December 2005, the Employment & Enterprise Plan was published in May 2006 and is the first comprehensive training and employment strategy for the Redfern-Waterloo area. It s main aim is to deliver skilled job seekers to meet the specific employment needs of the market, to create educational opportunities and build on future growth potential.
The Plan initially focuses on:
•    Increasing supply of employment opportunities, particularly through commercial and residential development
•    Capitalising on the Research/Biomedical Innovation Zone
•    Improving education and training including a dedicated vocational training centre
•    Strengthening partnerships with local employers
•    Industry based employment strategies
•    Employment and enterprise strategies for Aboriginal people and youth
•    Supporting local business

Significant Achievements
•    The landmark Indigenous Employment Model created more than 120 jobs for indigenous workers under the Jobs Compact between the RWA and the CFMEU
•    A $750,000 commitment to establishing a cross-cultural construction and hospitality training centre at North Eveleigh Railyards
•    Establishment of an Indigenous Enterprise Hub at the RWA's Redfern office to provide business support to Aboriginal business owners
•    Koori Job Ready Course in Construction which, in conjunction with TAFE, trains Aboriginal people who want to work in the construction industry and then place them into jobs being created by the RWA in Redfern-Waterloo
•    Other training initiatives

Future Key Tasks
•    Building on previous strategies, such as the implementation of the construction training and job placement program for Aboriginals and the development of the North Eveleigh hospitality and training centre
•    Targeting the employment opportunities emerging at Australian Technology Park and other RWA strategic sites
•    Developing strategies for employment opportunities in the service industries
•    Working with the local community to ensure opportunities for young Aboriginal people in the area are maximised through university based cadetships
•    Expanding cultural industries through means such as design production, and realising export potential
•    Strengthening connections to universities to encourage local children to move into tertiary education
•    Facilitating the running of enterprise summer schools

Employment & Enterprise Ministerial Advisory Committee
Mr Robert Domm -Chair
Dr Phil Lambert -Department of Education and Training
Mr Jim Spinks -TAFE NSW
Ms Julie Scott -Department of State and Regional Development
Mr Steve Merritt -Department of Aboriginal Affairs
Ms Sharron Hawkins -Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
Mr Mark Spinks -Centrelink Mr Les Tobler -CFMEU
M/s Catherine Hart -City of Sydney Council
Community Members:
Mr Michael Dalah Ms Megan Gardiner
Mr Anthony John Larkings
Ms Bronwyn Penrith Mr Dennis Weatherall

State Significant Development
The Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act provides for the RWA to be delegated as the authority for development within its area of operation declared to be State Significant. The Minister has delegated consent functions for developments with a capital investment value of less than $5m.

Australian Technology Park (ATP) at the former railway workshops at Eveleigh falls under this jurisdiction. Formerly owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore
Authority (SHFA), ATP is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RWA, with planned development on the site over the next two to three years expected to create more than 2,000 new jobs - a 20 percent employment increase for the Redfern-Waterloo area. Provision exists for six new sites and up to 14 additional buildings over the next decade.
The result of a $47m investment by the RWA, a six-storey building currently under construction - to be occupied by National ICT Australia (NICTA) and the Department of Defence, Science & Technology (DSTO) -is the first in a new development phase for the ATP.
Designed by Cox Richardson Architects, the building is located on the eastern edge of the ATP with frontages to Garden Street and Mitchell Way. It occupies a site of around 3,000sqm and will provide just over 11,000sqm of floor space with 66 secure parking spaces. Construction is in accordance with the RWA Jobs Compact, employing local indigenous people and new apprentices as a key element.
In June 2006, Sydney Broadcast Property announced a $120m investment to construct a 43,500sqm media centre at ATP primarily to house television production facilities and commercial offices for Channel 7 and their magazine publishing arm, Pacific Magazines. In a deal negotiated by the RWA, the project will create approx. 600 construction and 2000 permanent jobs. The largest commercial development in Redfern for over a decade, construction of the state-of-the-art media facility is expected to begin in early 2007 and completed by the end of 2008.
The RWA will also invest around $6m in new roads and infrastructure and a further $6m for a pedestrian and cycle link between ATP and North Eveleigh to facilitate access and future development. The Built Environment Plan proposes a second potential pedestrian/cycle bridge to the west of Redfern Station.
"This is a significant milestone in Australian Technology Park's development." Robert Domm CEO

Redfern Public School
The RWA helped negotiate the purchase of the former Redfern Public School from the Department of Education and Training for the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) to establish a new youth precinct and showcase of indigenous culture.
Up to $35m is being invested by the ILC in the project and plans include a 25- metre heated swimming pool and sports field and construction of multi-purpose classrooms, accommodation and dining facilities for up to 100 people. The Centre will also accommodate a number of established programs, including the Exodus Foundation, which will set up a tutorial centre for children aged 10 -14; the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia, which runs a number of sporting and life development programs for Indigenous people; and the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team, which provides opportunities for indigenous youth to become involved in rugby union, netball and golf. The existing Murawina Childcare Centre and four original school buildings will be refurbished.
When fully operational, the NIDC is expected to help up to 5,000 kids a year. The redevelopment is expected to commence early in 2007 and be fully completed in 2009.

Community Health Centre
The RWA brokered an agreement with the Department of Health to establish a new $10m Community Health Centre by way of adaptive reuse and refurbishment of the former Redfern Courthouse and Police Station The venture is co-funded by NSW Health, RWA and proceeds from the sale of the surplus Rachel Forster Hospital (rezoned for residential use). Services will include: health assessments and education, early childhood and family support services, counselling, referral, perinatal and family drug health services, mental health services, rehabilitation, welfare support, screening for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, sexual health services and other community health services.

RWA Training Centre, North Eveleigh
The former Canteen and Carpenters workshop building at North Eveleigh was identified as suitable for use as a training centre -initially for hospitality and construction.
Initiated and funded by the RWA, the centre will provide industry based training linked to emerging employment opportunities for the local area including the Aboriginal community. The Centre is due to commence training
and operating as an Indigenous and modern Australian cuisine café in October 2006 and will be known as Yaama Dhinawan (or 'welcome emu').
The establishment of the RWA Training Centre at North Eveleigh is a central component of the RWA Employment and Enterprise Plan.

Marian Street Park
In response to community wishes, the area between Gibbons and Rosehill Streets in Redfern - commonly referred to as Marian Street Park - was zoned by the Government as "public recreation" with proposed landscaping poised to transform the site into a genuine park for future generations to enjoy. The RWA has proposed the open space be dedicated to the Council of the City of Sydney, subject to its commitment to upgrading.

Contemporary Performing Arts Centre
A $40m transformation of the former Carriageworks building and Blacksmith's Workshop at the North Eveleigh Railyards into a new Contemporary Performing Arts Centre was undertaken by the Ministry for the Arts. With the
support and assistance of the RWA, the adaptive reuse will generate significant new community and cultural activity and serve as a major impetus for renewal of the remaining areas of North Eveleigh. The Centre is due to
open in conjunction with the Sydney Festival in January 2007.

Board Member Profiles

Chair - Professor David Richmond AO BEc MEc (Syd)
Professor David Richmond AO is current Chairperson of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority, the Australian Technology Park and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. He also advises the NSW Premier on infrastructure planning and implementation. Professor Richmond has had a distinguished public service career, including as CEO of the NSW Department of Health and the Land Commission. He is the former Director-General of the Olympic Coordination Authority and SOCOG and held a number of other senior Olympic Games positions. He recently provided strategic advice to the President of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and to senior managers of the Beijing Olympics. He is the inaugural Director and Professor of the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government. Professor Richmond is the author of the Richmond Report to the NSW Government, and in 1990 earned the National Council for Intellectual Disability's Making the Difference Award. In 2002 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to Public Administration, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

CEO - Mr Robert Domm BA LLB (Mon) MLLR (Syd) GDLP (ANU)
Robert Domm is Chief Executive Officer of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority and Managing Director of the Australian Technology Park. He previously spent four years at the City of Sydney where he was General Manager during a period of unprecedented growth and change, through Council boundary changes and
amalgamation with South Sydney Council. He served for three years as a Director and Company Secretary of the Sydney Festival Limited. A qualified legal
practitioner and former labour advocate, Mr Domm has also worked as an adviser to Government. He brings broad experience and a strong commitment to social justice to the workings of the Authority.

Mr Michael Collins
Michael Collins is Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW. He is also on the Boards of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Australian Technology Park. He is the Managing Director of Michael Collins & Associates Pty Limited, a property consultancy company which advises private and public sector clients and specialises in land economics, real estate valuations and feasibility studies. He served as National President of the Australian Property Institute from 2003 to 2004 and was NSW President from 1999 to 2001. Mr Collins played a key role in the redevelopment of Darling Harbour and the planning of Olympic Park, and served as chief property consultant to the NSW Government for the Sydney 2000 Games. He has served on many industry committees including the City of Sydney Development Advisory Committee and the City of Sydney Venues Management Board.

Ms Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM (Resigned May 2006)
Marcia Ella-Duncan has held several senior positions in government, most recently in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Ms Ella-Duncan was formerly the Chairperson for the Sydney Regional Council of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and has previously held several key Indigenous positions with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the NSW Attorney-General's Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council and the Department of Juvenile Justice. A member of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and active in numerous other Indigenous organisations, Ms Ella-Duncan represented Australia in netball from 1985-87 and was awarded the Order of Australia medal for services to the sport in 1988.

Dr Col Gellatly
Dr Col Gellatly was appointed Director-General of the Premier's Department in 1994. He has held a number of senior management positions within the NSW public service, including as Director General of the Department of Land and Water Conservation. He has been NSW representative on a wide range of State/Commonwealth Working Parties and Committees and has had three periods as a part-time Commissioner with the Industries Assistance Commission. He has also served on a diverse range of boards and committees. Dr Gellatly has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW and a PhD from North Carolina State University.

Mr Richard Johnson MBE
Richard Johnson is an award winning architect, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales and a Director of Johnson Pilton Walker Architects. He is an Associate of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and
the Japan Institute of Architects, and a Member of the Design Institute of Australia. Mr Johnson was involved in the design of the Australian embassies in Beijing and Tokyo. He is the Chief Architect for the Sydney Opera House and is also currently working on projects including the Australian War Memorial, the Hilton Hotel and the Asian wing of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He also serves on the Board of the Australian Technology Park and the Australian Architects Association. Mr Johnson has a Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Honours) from the University of NSW and a Master of Philosophy (Town Planning) from University College, London. In 1976 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Architecture.

Ms Samantha Mostyn BA LLB
Sam Mostyn has an extensive background in law, management and politics. She is currently the Group Executive, Culture and Reputation at Insurance Australia Group (IAG), managing such areas as Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Policy and Community Engagement. She is a qualified lawyer and served as a senior Policy Adviser to former Prime Minister Paul Keating. Ms Mostyn has also steered a pilot crime prevention strategy in the Redfern-Waterloo area, in partnership with NRMA Insurance, police and local business, focusing on crime reduction and community development. Ms Mostyn serves on the Academic Advisory
Board of the Australian Institute of Management, is a Board member of the Sydney Festival, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Centenary Institute, and is a Trustee of the Australian Museum.
She is a Director of the trustee company for the Insurance Australia Group and the NRMA Superannuation Plan and is also a member of the NSW Premier's Council for Active Living. She was recently appointed as the first female Commissioner of the Australian Football League.

Ms Lucy Turnbull LLB MBA
Lucy Turnbull was Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003 to 2004, Deputy Lord Mayor from 1999 to 2003 and has recently been appointed an Administrator of Tweed Shire Council. She has extensive experience in planning, business and investment banking. She currently chairs many companies, both private and public, including WebCentral Group Limited, Centrestone Wealth Management Pty Limited, and Pengana Holdings Limited. Former chair of the NSW Government's Ministerial Advisory Committee on Biotechnology, Ms Turnbull has also served on the NSW Government's Information Industry Business Advisory Board. She is the author of Sydney - Biography of a City (1999) and has assisted with several community based initiatives in the Redfern area. She also serves on the Board of the Australian Technology Park.

Ms Jennifer Westacott BA (Hons) FAICD FVIPA
Ms Westacott has had a distinguished senior management career in the public service of NSW and Victoria and was formerly the Deputy Director-General of the
NSW Department of Housing and Secretary of the Department of Education and Training in Victoria and most recently held the position of the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. Ms Westacott is also a member of the Board of Advice of the Faculty of Economics and
Business at the University of Sydney and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the community through public administration. Jennifer has also been appointed as the Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW.

Two new members were appointed to the RWA Board in August 2006.
Warren Mundine is CEO of NSW Native Title Services based in Redfern, and Chair of NSW Labor's Indigenous Policy Committee.
Ann Weldon has chaired the NSW Aboriginal Housing Board since 2000, is founding member of the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Company, the Redfern Aboriginal Legal Service, the Redfern Murrawina Child Care Centre and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, as well as a Redfern School ASSPA committee member.

RWA Sponsorships and Grants
Organisation Amount and Purpose   
The Factory Community Centre Waterloo - $100 Community Garden Open Day & Buddhist New Year celebration
Alexandria Park Community School - $500 Support for Multicultural Day event
Koori Unit of the AIDS Council of NSW - $500 Assistance for the Koori Unit to participate in the annual Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board - $500 Support for multicultural day event
Gadigal Information Service Corporation - $600 Aboriginal Information Stall at 4th Annual YABUN Concert
Connect Redfern - $800 Support for the Early Literacy Program - Schools as Community Centres Program
Centrelink - $800 Xmas Party for the kids on The Block
Essere (To Be) - $825 Funding Living Skills & Self-Esteem Workshop - Miss Indigenous Program
Connect Redfern -$1,000 Schools as Community Centres Program Support for the Inner West Early Literacy program
Redfern-Waterloo Men's Group - $1,459 Support Men's Group activities
Department of Sport & Recreation - $1,500 Support of the Nuramani Sports Carnival
Tribal Warrior Association - $1,549 Business names registration assistance
Aboriginal Mens Cultural Camp - $1,920 Assistance with accommodation costs
Inner-City Domestic Violence Action Group - $2,200 Support anti-violence community events for the "Black-Out Violence" Program
ATP - $4,000 - World Cup Soccer Replays
Wyanga Aged Care - $4,025 Mother's Day Luncheon and other general support
Alexandria Park Community School - $5,000 Purchase tools for the school's teaching program
Knockout Rugby League Inc.    $5,000 Support youth activities/entertainment
Midnight Basketball Australia $10,000 Support the inaugural and second Midnight Basketball tournaments ($5,000 per tournament)
Tribal Warrior Association    $5,103 Sponsored the design and production of company banners and display kits
ICAMPA - Inter City NAIDOC Working Party    $5,500 Sponsorship of NAIDOC Week activities
Total funding for 05/06 financial year:    $47,381

Independent Audit Report
To Members of the New South Wales Parliament
Audit Opinion
In my opinion, the financial report of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority (the Authority):
· presents fairly the Authority's and the consolidated entity's (defined below) financial position as at 30 June 2006 and their performance for the year ended
on that date, in accordance with Accounting Standards and other mandatory financial reporting requirements in Australia, and
•    complies with section 41 B of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 (the Act), and the Public Finance and Audit Regulation 2005.
My opinion should be read in conjunction with the rest of this report.
The Financial Report and Directors' Responsibility
The financial report comprises the balance sheets, income statements, statements of changes in equity, cash flow statements and accompanying notes to the financial statements for the Authority and consolidated entity, for the year ended 30 June 2006.
The consolidated entity comprises the Authority and the entities it controlled during the year.
The members of the Board of the Authority are responsible for the preparation and true and fair presentation of the financial report in accordance with the Act. This includes responsibility for the maintenance of adequate accounting records and internal controls that are designed to prevent and detect fraud and error, and for the accounting policies and accounting estimates inherent in the financial report.
Audit Approach
I conducted an independent audit in order to express an opinion on the financial report. My audit provides reasonable assurance to Members of the New South Wales Parliament that the financial report is free of material misstatement.
My audit accorded with Australian Auditing Standards and statutory requirements, and I:
•    assessed the appropriateness of the accounting policies and disclosures used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the Board in preparing the financial report, and
•    examined a sample of evidence that supports the amounts and disclosures in the financial report.
An audit does not guarantee that every amount and disclosure in the financial report is error free. The terms 'reasonable assurance' and 'material' recognise that an audit does not examine all evidence and transactions. However, the audit procedures used should identify errors or omissions significant enough to
adversely affect decisions made by users of the financial report or indicate that Directors had not fulfilled their reporting obligations.
My opinion does not provide assurance:
•    about the future viability of the Authority or its controlled entities,
•    that they have carried out their activities effectively, efficiently and economically, or
•    about the effectiveness of their internal controls.
Audit Independence
The Audit Office complies with all applicable independence requirements of Australian professional ethical pronouncements.
The Act further promotes independence by:
•    providing that only Parliament, and not the executive government, can remove an Auditor-General, and
•    mandating the Auditor-General as auditor of public sector agencies but precluding the provision of non-audit services, thus ensuring the Auditor-General and the Audit Office are not compromised in their role by the possibility of losing clients or income.
David Jones
Director, Financial Audit Services SYDNEY, 20 October 2006

Directors' Statement
Statement by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on the adoption of the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2006.
Certificate Under Section 41 C (B) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983.
Pursuant to Section 41 C (B) and 1 (C) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983 and in our capacity as Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority, we declare that in our opinion:
The accompanying financial statements exhibit a true and fair view of the financial position of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority as at 30 June 2006 and transactions for the year ended on that date.
The Statements have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Public Finance and Audit Regulation 2000 and the Treasurer's Directions.
Further, we are not aware of any circumstances that would render any particulars included in the financial statements to be misleading or inaccurate.
David Richmond AO
Redfern-Waterloo Authority
Robert Domm
Chief Executive Officer Redfern-Waterloo Authority
dated this 20 October 2006

Financial Statements - See PDF version of annual report

The RWA is formed under the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004.
Chief and Senior Executive Officer
During 2005-06 Robert Domm was employed as Chief Executive Officer by the the RWA.

Staff Numbers by Employment Basis
                                            Permanent     Temporary     Full-Time        Part-Time     Casual
Staff                                        15                    6                    21                0                1
%                                            68%                27%                95%            0%            5%
Men                                            7                    1                     8                0                0
Women                                       8                    5                   13                0                1
Aboriginal Person or Torres
Strait Islander                            2                    1                    3                  0                0
Person with a Disability              0                    0                    0                  0                0
Person from a Racial, Ethnic or
Ethno-Religious Minority Group   0                    1                    1                  0                0
People whose first language
was not English                          4                    1                    5                  0                0

Staff Numbers by Level
                                                Men            Women            Total
$60,584 - $78,345                      1                    5                    6
$78,346 - $97,932                       2                   5                    7
>$97,932                                     4                   4                    8
>$97,932 (SES)                            1                   -                    1

Legislative Changes
There were no changes to any legislation administered by RWA during the reporting year.

Overseas Travel and Corporate Credit Cards
No overseas travel fares for staff were incurred during the reporting year, and as at 30 June 2006, staff of RWA were not issued with any corporate credit cards.

Corporate Services
The Central Corporate Services Unit (CCSU) of the Department of Commerce provides a comprehensive range of corporate services. The finance and accounting and payroll services were provided to the end of September 2005. The information and technology services are ongoing and were provided to the end of June 2006.

Risk Management
RWA has a Business Risk Map of its operations. The primary objective of the Business Risk Map is to coordinate risk management activities within RWA to ensure that the activity is focused on areas of greatest risk and is also used by Business Audit to derive its strategic audit plan.
Contributions are made by the RWA to the Treasury Managed Fund for workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents, property loss, public liability and various other insurable risks.
Staff of the RWA have assigned wardens and participated in emergency evacuation drills. No occupational health and safety incidents have been raised.

Land Disposal
There were no land disposals for the year ended 30 June 2006.

Plans, Policies and Procedures
Code of Conduct
The RWA has its own Code of Conduct which has been developed in accordance with the principles of ethical and responsible decision-making and embodies the public sector values of respect for the law, the system of Government, the community and persons, integrity, diligence, economy and efficiency and accountability.

Freedom of Information Procedure
During the reporting period, one request was made to the RWA under the Freedom of Information Act. In the same period, no major issues arose, and there were no investigations or applications for review submitted.
Formal requests made under the Freedom of Information Act for access to documents held by the RWA should be accompanied by a $30 application fee and directed to:
The FOI Coordinator
Redfern-Waterloo Authority POBox 3332
Redfern NSW 2016
The contact number for all FOI inquiries is (02) 9202 9100

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Redfern-Waterloo Authority is committed to the principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). Through its policy, RWA will implement the following principles of the EEO:
Fair practices in the workplace
Management decisions made without bias
Recognition of and respect for the social and cultural backgrounds of all staff and clients Employment practices which produce staff satisfaction, commitment to the job and the delivery of quality services to clients
Improved productivity
Along with the EEO policy, RWA also has a policy for the Action plan for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy.

Disability Plans
RWA complies with the NSW Government Disability framework through its Disability Access Policy. This policy provides a process for RWA in how to better meet the needs of staff and community in relation to those people with disabilities. RWA wants to ensure that all people have reasonable access to the resources and space governed by the Authority.

Ethnic Affairs Priority Statement
The RWA recognises and values the different linguistic, religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds of all the people of NSW and endorses the four principles of multiculturalism as set out in the Community Relations
Commission and principles of the Multiculturalism Act 2000.
Towards this objective, RWA will develop and implement policies sensitive to the needs of all staff and clients and ensure that the Boards and Committees reflect the multiculturalism of the community.

NSW Government Action Plan for Women
The RWA supports the NSW Government Action Plan for Women and will promote workplaces that are equitable, safe and responsive to all aspects of women’s lives. It will also promote the position of women
in all areas of society as well as access to and successful outcomes for women in all parts of the education and training system.

Occupational Health & Safety
The RWA is committed to the occupational health, safety and welfare of all its employees, those contracted to perform work on its behalf and visitors to its premises. It is committed to regular consultation with staff and their representatives and where necessary with contractors and suppliers of equipment and services to ensure occupational health and safety management is of the highest standard.

Waste Reduction and Purchasing Plan
During the 2005-2006 financial year, the RWA addressed a number of issues including the development of bulk waste management guidelines for construction and maintenance activities focusing on compliance and waste minimisation and the development of an office paper and printing toner policy.
The RWA is committed to the implementation of the Government’s Waste Reduction and Purchasing Policy (WRAPP).

The full list of RWA Plans and Policies is as follows:
Risk Management Policy Risk Management Plan
Risk Management Framework
Information Management & Technology Disaster Recovery Strategy
Internal Audit Plan
External Audit Plan
Staff Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct for Board members Protected Disclosure Act Policy Statement Equal Employment Opportunity Policy OH&S Management Plan
Ethnic Affairs Priority Statement Disability Access Policy
Action Plan for Women
Aboriginal Employment Strategy Procurement Policy
Complaints Handling Policy
Business Ethics Statement
Privacy Management Plan
Corporate Credit Card Policy
Energy Management Policy
Fraud Corruption Control Strategy Environmental Management Policy New Starter Induction Program
Waste Reduction & Purchasing Policy


(16,000 copies per issue)
August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 January 2006 February 2006

Draft Phase One Human Services Plan (Oct 2005) Phase One Human Services Plan (Dec 2005) Draft Employment & Enterprise Plan (Dec 2005) Employment & Enterprise Plan (May 2006)
Draft Built Environment Plan (Stage One) (Feb 2006) Inaugural RWA Annual Report (Oct 2005)

Annual Report
The RWA Annual Report is available electronically at www.redfernwaterloo.com.au The total cost of external production and printing was $32,725

Contact Details
Redfern-Waterloo Authority Level 11, Tower 2
1 Lawson Square
Redfern NSW 2016
PO Box 3332 Redfern NSW 2016
Telephone: +61 2 92029100
Reception 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Website: www.redfernwaterloo.com.au

Redfern-Waterloo Authority
Level 11, Tower 2
1 Lawson Square
Redfern NSW 2016
Reception 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday Telephone: +61 2 9202 9100 www.redfernwaterloo.com.au


Faces and Places: open to the possibilities
01 Carol de Souza redfern "I love the cultural diversity of the residents. I think it's a vibrant and beautiful community."
02 Brian Smith redfern "I love it here. There's no reason to go anywhere else. I intend to stay as long as I can."
03 Bill Easterbrook redfern Bill was on the Steering Committee for the development of the local skate park. He was also instrumental in its design.
04 Sandra Soulos "I've noticed a drop in the crime rate and feel very safe in this area."
05 Michael Bremner redfern "Anything that increases the area's socio economic mix is a good thing."
06 Bradley Sly redfern "People are always saying hello when they pass by."
07 Marlene Newton "I'm particularly pleased with recent RWA initiatives like the range of community events."
08 Justin and Angela darlington "We enjoy living in the area and love that it's so close to everything and just a short walk to the train station."
09 Melinda Walker waterloo Melinda feels the RWA will generate growth and new jobs for the area.
10 Tommy Simpson redfern "I've always felt happy here and I'll be staying for a while yet."
11 Anthony Ashby redfern "I've seen many changes for the better over the last few years in Redfern."
12 Peter Holmes à Court redfern "I believe Redfern and Waterloo will develop into an even better part of this great city."
Cover image:
Australian-born of Indian parents, Carol de Souza is an artist and educator who lives in Redfern and works in the city. As a member of the community based SQUAT SPACE, Carol helps conduct tours of the local area.

Profile: Brian Smith
Brian Smith has lived in Redfern for the last 8 years, loves the proximity to the city and says he's looking forward to the RWA's urban renewal of the area.
Brian says he's here for the long haul. "I love it here. There's no reason to go anywhere else. I intend to stay as long as I can.”
“I've already noticed a lot of changes, particularly since the RWA started."
Profile: Bill Easterbrook
15-year old Bill Easterbrook has lived in the Redfern area all his life and attends Alexandria Community School.
Through Shane Brown and South Sydney Youth Services, Bill was on the Steering Committee for the development of the local skate park. He was also instrumental in its design.
Profile: Sandra Soulos
Sandra Soulos is a fashion designer and runs her label from a studio on Botany Road in Waterloo. Sandra's worked in the area for the last 14 years and loves the close proximity to transport which she needs to ship her garments around the country.
Sandra is also as much a supporter of the Rabbitohs as she is of the RWA's plans for the area. "I've noticed a drop in the crime rate and feel very safe in this area."

Profile: Bradley Sly
Bradley Sly has been a firefighter for 18 months, the last year at Redfern Fire Station.
A former high level representative junior Rugby League player for South Sydney, Bradley enjoys the friendliness of the locals.
"People are always saying hello when they pass by."
Profile: Marlene Newton
Along with her husband, Marlene has lived in Waterloo for almost 10 years. Representing Turanga on the Neighbourhood Advisory Board and serving as a committee member with CEDA (until its closure), PTC and the Redfern-Waterloo Drug Action Team, Marlene is regarded as a community stalwart by her peers. Marlene says that seeing people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds now living in harmony is one of her greatest joys.
"I'm particularly pleased with recent RWA initiatives like the range of community events."

Profile: Justin Moor and Angela Larkin
Justin Moor and Angela Larkin of Darlington both work in the IT industry and have lived in the area for 18mths. They get involved in local building and planning issues on an as-needs basis. They have both added a submission to the RWA's urban renewal plan and mentioned the development of the Performing Arts Centre as of particular interest.
We enjoy living in the area and love that it's so close to everything and just a short walk to the train station."

Profile: Melinda Walker
Originally from the NSW mid-north coast, Melinda Walker from the 'Tiara' Apartments in Waterloo is a young Aboriginal woman working as an Assistant Project Officer with the RWA.
Melinda feels the RWA will generate growth and new jobs for the area.
Profile: Tommy Simpson
Scotsman Tommy Simpson lives in Redfern with his wife Fiona and young daughter
Jamie. "Redfern's close to work for both of us and there's great day care nearby for Jamie.”
Tommy believes Redfern is a great place already and says the success of his beloved Souths footy team will galvanise the area and create a greater sense of pride and belonging for residents.
“I've always felt happy here and I'll be staying for a while yet."

Profile: Anthony Ashby
Based in Redfern's Regent St., Anthony Ashby is Australia's first indigenous chartered accountant. Originally from Coonabarabran, Anthony spent two years living in The Block as a teenager and attended Darlington Public School. "I'm very positive about the RWA's urban renewal project and hopeful the area retains its uniqueness. I've seen many changes for the better over the last few years."

Profile: Peter Holmes à Court
“Redfern is both our corporate headquarters and the spiritual home to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The area is steeped in history and tradition and it’s where our club was founded in 1908. The Redfern Waterloo urban renewal program will see the area evolve into a prime strategic location for businesses to flourish in, whilst retaining the wonderfully rich cultural diversity of its residential population. Through South’s Cares, the Rabbitohs are pleased to both instigate and participate in local community initiatives and work together with the RWA to assist our neighbours.”
“I believe Redfern and Waterloo will develop into an even better part of this great city.”