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Redfern-Waterloo Authority 2009-10 Annual Report – Text Extract

This document extracts the text sections from the RWA 2009-2010 Annual Report with an aim to make it more accessible to researchers and easier to electronically access. The Financials and Notes to the Accounts have been excluded from this text version.

REDWatch Disclaimer: To make the document readable some text may have been moved slightly and the Financials and Notes to the Accounts have been excluded from this text extract. This is provided as a tool to researchers and any referencing to the RWA Annual Report 2009-2010 should check any text found here against the pdf version of the Annual report found on the RWA’s website. While REDWatch has taken care to check the electronic extraction of the text we cannot guarantee that this document is error free.

Redfern-Waterloo Authority 2009-10 Annual Report - Realising the potential



Return of The Rabbitohs

A New Lease of Life For ‘The Block’

Minister’s Letter


Coverage Map

Statement from the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer

Aims & Objectives

Corporate Governance

Board Members

Redfern-Waterloo Plan

Built Environment Plan

A Centre for Excellence

Human Services Plan

Community Health Centre

Employment and Enterprise Plan

Aunty Beryl Celebrates & Cooks For Royalty

A New Look

Sponsorships/Grants Provided by the Redfern-Waterloo Authority

Redfern -Waterloo Authority Financials



The vision of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) is 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 the orderly development of the area in consideration of social, economic, ecological and other sustainable development.

In 2001, the NSW Government made a commitment to revitalise the Redfern and Waterloo area through a ‘partnership’ with the local community focused on delivering strategic urban renewal, improved human services and job creation. Three years later, the Government created the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004 No 107 and, in January 2005, the Redfern-Waterloo Authority was established.

Since then, this partnership has helped changed not only the face of Redfern-Waterloo, but the perception of the area by the wider community and, in February 2010, independent data was released showing a reduction in local crime combined with solid increases in housing prices over the last two years.

“What we are seeing in Redfern and Waterloo now are the results of a strong partnership between Government and the community, including local Aboriginal leaders, creating thriving and safe suburbs,” the NSW Premier Ms Keneally said when presenting the data with Police Minister Michael Daley.

Key highlights for Redfern-Waterloo in 2009 – 2010:

  • Then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd officiated at the opening of Australia’s one-of-a-kind Aboriginal youth arts, cultural & education facility, the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence;
  • Prince William met with Aboriginal leaders at Redfern’s The Block during a three day visit to Australia;
  • Yaama Dhiyaan – Australia’s only hospitality training centre specialising in Indigenous cuisine – celebrated its third year of success;
  • In just seven short months, the Eveleigh Farmers’ Market was awarded Sydney’s best;
  • Australian Technology Park welcomed 2,000 new employees with the opening of the new television & media complex;
  • The state-of-the-art Redfern Community Health Centre opened to service the needs of clients in the areas of mental health, drug, alcohol & HIV services and health nursing; and
  • The Aboriginal Housing Company’s Pemulwuy Project Concept Plan for the redevelopment of The Block was approved.

A range of partnerships between the RWA and the community continue to focus on local issues, while The Greater Sydney Partnership – a marketing alliance spearheaded by founding Chairman Peter Holmes à Court – selected Redfern as the location to launch its exciting initiative in April, 2010. The partnership aims to further enhance the interests of Sydney as Australia’s only true global city.

Return of The Rabbitohs

On Sunday, 7th February, 2010, more than 5,000 fans braved inclement weather to watch the Rabbitohs in a pre-season game against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Australian Technology Park Performance Centre. The match was described as their “return to Redfern” and they certainly didn’t disappoint, thumping home to a 42 to 12 victory.

Management of Australian Technology Park, which is one of the RWA’s strategic development sites, recently became a senior partner of the Rabbitohs and also undertook sponsorship of the Rabbitoh’s charitable arm, Souths Cares. The former Redfern Oval has been renamed the ATP Performance Centre as part of the two-year sponsorship deal.

Souths Cares assists disadvantaged youth and their families in the South Sydney region through education, training and employment programs and players are taking an active, highly visible role within the local community in support of Souths Cares.

Rabbitohs Chief Executive and Souths Cares Board Member Shane Richardson said: “The Australian Technology Park is one of the leading organisations in the heart of the South Sydney district, so for Souths Cares to have an opportunity to partner with them was an opportunity that we jumped at.

“Our players and staff have made a big impact on the local community and having the backing of the Australian Technology Park will allow us to take the next steps with the Teachers’ Aide and Workplace Mentoring programs which are touching our people now.

“We’re providing our players with the best training facilities, as well as our community with the best support through Souths Cares’ programs, all with the backing of the Australian Technology Park.”

The RWA brokered 10 jobs for Indigenous workers on the upgrade of the former Redfern Oval through the City Of Sydney’s Aboriginal Employment projects.

The RWA, of course, supports local sporting groups and associations at a grass roots level including the Redfern All Blacks and Waterloo Storm in the Koori Knockout.

A New Lease of Life For ‘The Block’

The financial year began with the former Planning Minister, and now Premier, the Hon Kristina Keneally announcing approval in July 2009 of the $60m Pemulwuy Project Concept Plan for The Block – a project capable of delivering 300 jobs, 62 homes and over 9,000sqm of commercial uses, shops and community and cultural space.

The State Government and the Department of Planning worked closely with the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) throughout the assessment process and the proposed redevelopment will include:

  • More than 15,000sqm of floor area for a range of commercial, retail, cultural and community uses, including up to 62 residential apartments;
  • Basement and ground floor car parking for around 71 vehicles;
  • At least 500 square metres of open space, opening up the site to the surrounding area and connecting to the existing public open space on the adjacent Redfern Community Centre site;
  • Incorporating into the development several lanes in the area, including Eveleigh Lane;
  • Conceptual landscape design; and
  • Staggering the development in three stages.

The proposed redevelopment will significantly improve the area’s attractiveness, boost the viability of further commercial investment and restore a sense of respect and pride in The Block as a positive cultural meeting place. The Plan promotes a secure and aesthetically pleasing site by incorporating principles of crime prevention through environmental design and will support the area’s long and vibrant history.

A number of amendments have been made following public exhibition of the proposal to address public and agency feedback, including the requirements of the AHC to:

  • Comply with RailCorp’s requirements with regard to protecting the rail corridor, assessing derailment risks and protection, stormwater drainage, noise and fencing/landscaping;
  • Demonstrate sustainable design, including meeting a minimum 4.5 star Australian Building Greenhouse Rating or equivalent in all new retail and commercial buildings;
  • Demonstrate design excellence in accordance with the Major Projects state environmental planning policy covering the Redfern-Waterloo Authority sites; and
  • Prepare landscape plans for any new public domain areas.

The AHC has also committed to consulting with the local community and stakeholders throughout the rejuvenation of the precinct and will ensure all future applications are consistent with the concept plan.

Pemulwuy was an Aboriginal warrior believed to have been born in 1750 who was about 38 years old when the First Fleet arrived. He was of the Eora people, whose land – now known as Botany Bay – was most directly affected by the arrival of the British.

Pemulwuy fiercely resisted the British colonisation of Australia, using fire as a weapon, destroying crops and animals, and raiding settlements. As his legend grew, so did his supporters. At one point, he had more than 100 followers who knew him as the “rainbow warrior” for the colours he wore.

Pemulwuy was shot dead on the orders of Governor Philip King in 1802 and decapitated. Some believe his head was bottled, sent to England and then returned to Australia in 1950 but his remains have never been recovered.

Minister’s Letter

The Hon. Kristina Keneally M.P. NSW Premier

Minister for Redfern-Waterloo Parliament House

Macquarie Street


Dear Minister Keneally,

It is with pleasure that I forward you the sixth Annual Report of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority for the year ending 30 June 2010.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the NSW Annual Report (Statutory Bodies) Act 1984 No 87, the Annual Report (Statutory Bodies) Regulation 2000 and the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004 No 107.

Yours sincerely,

Roy Wakelin-King AM

Chief Executive Officer Redfern-Waterloo Authority

Redfern - Waterloo Authority


Redfern and Waterloo are located just south of Sydney’s Central Business District. To the south-west are Sydney’s economic gateways, Port Botany and Sydney Airport.

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.

Under the direction of the NSW Government’s 10-year urban renewal program for Redfern-Waterloo, the revitalisation of the area has instilled renewed confidence in the region and encouraged an influx of creative enterprise and private investment. With the amount of commercial, residential and community facilities being developed or refurbished as a direct result of RWA initiatives, Redfern-Waterloo is seeing the benefits of a commitment to reinvestment, jobs and sustainable economic prosperity.

Since the inception of the RWA in 2005, the NSW Government has directly facilitated the investment of well over $600 million towards infrastructure development, the provision of improved human services and employment opportunities for the local community including dedicated roles for Indigenous workers.

Coverage Map

(see pdf version)

Statement from the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer

It gives us great pleasure to present the Redfern-Waterloo Authority’s (RWA) Annual Report for 2009/2010.

This was the fifth year of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority since its establishment in 2005 under the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act, 2004 (the Act).

2009/2010 was an outstanding year for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority with much of its earlier hard work coming to fruition. This has resulted in positive progress in the revitalisation of Redfern-Waterloo which will have direct and lasting benefits for the area.

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) was officially opened by the former Prime Minister in February 2010. This world class facility has put Redfern on the nation’s map as the best place in Australia to celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, arts, education and sport. It will bring visitors and students from all over the country to the area as well as provide an exciting new local facility for the people of Redfern and Waterloo. The establishment of this facility was a direct result of the work of the Authority under its Redfern-Waterloo Built Environment Plan.

In January 2010, Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television moved into 8 Central Avenue at Australian Technology Park (ATP). The establishment of these major corporations at ATP demonstrates the increasing confidence the business community has in the future of the Redfern-Waterloo area. The arrival of these organisations has seen more than 2,000 staff members introduced to the local area, resulting in a real boost to the local economy.

In March 2010, operations commenced at the new community health centre which was established using the proceeds of the sale of the Rachael Forster Hospital site. This was a direct result of the work done by the Authority in developing a concept plan for this site and returning the proceeds from the sale to the Redfern community.

The NSW Premier also announced in July 2009 the approval of the Pemulwuy Project Concept Plan for the redevelopment of The Block. This project will deliver 300 jobs, 62 homes and over 9,000sqm of commercial uses, shops and community and cultural space for this iconic area of Redfern.

Redevelopment of the Redfern RSL site began in early 2010 with the commencement of demolition works. This site will be developed over the next two years, resulting in an 18-storey mixed use building comprising 86 residential apartments and retail and commercial uses. It will also result in a new RSL Club being returned to the site by the end of 2011.

Whilst a tremendous amount of work continues in the built environment, the Authority has also continued its work in the broader area of urban renewal for Redfern-Waterloo.

In February 2010, the NSW Premier and Minister for Redfern Waterloo, the Hon Kristina Keneally, presented a report card that demonstrated all indicators for the renewal of Redfern and Waterloo were moving in the right direction including increased training and job numbers and increased demand for housing. The Premier also highlighted the significant decrease in crime statistics for the local area as being a very positive indicator of the urban renewal process occurring in Redfern-Waterloo.

The Eveleigh Farmers’ Market continued to go from strength to strength winning the Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Foodies Award for Best Markets in Sydney after trading for only seven months. More than 3,000 people attend the markets on a weekly basis to enjoy freshly grown produce sold by the growers/producers themselves.

The RWA also introduced the Eveleigh Market Christmas Banner competition in 2009 inviting every youth service in Redfern-Waterloo and every school in the City of Sydney Local Government area to participate. The NSW Premier announced the winner, Alexandria Park Community School, at a special Christmas Market held in December 2009.

To ensure that the important heritage of the Redfern-Waterloo area is preserved, the RWA established the Redfern-Waterloo Heritage Taskforce in 2009. This Taskforce will identify opportunities for the active conservation, interpretation and adaptive reuse of the heritage of the Redfern-Waterloo area.

The RWA formed a new partnership “Roll up Redfern” in 2009 with the City of Sydney, Redfern-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, REDWatch and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. This group is focused on promoting the key strengths of the Redfern-Waterloo area including highlighting the iconic landmarks and organisations and the diversity of the local community and culture.

The RWA’s Employment and Enterprise programs continued to deliver strong results for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people in the area of training and employment during 2009/2010.

The RWA’s Aboriginal Employment Model was developed to ensure the creation of employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the hospitality and construction industries and continues to exceed its targets. The Koori Job Ready in construction course is helping Government and private sector organisations to employ Aboriginal people on their construction projects, with well over 500 employment opportunities being created in this sector alone.

The Redfern-Waterloo Human Services Plan Phase 1 Evaluation Report was released in July 2009. This report revealed some very good progress on many of the actions contained in the Plan and has resulted in key human service agencies working more collaboratively, sharing information and targeting specific new initiatives in the area.

The RWA once again supported a range of groups during the year through the Community Grants Program. This included support of sports, arts, cultural and educational activities and events in the community.

The RWA continues to be focused on creating a vibrant and safe community through urban renewal, improved human services, training and job creation for the community of Redfern and Waterloo.

Dr Col Gellatly AO Chairperson       

Roy Wakelin-King AM Chief Executive Officer

Aims & 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 importance of 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 provide and promote housing choices in the operational area;
  • To enable the establishment of public areas in Redfern-Waterloo; and
  • To promote greater social cohesion and community safety in Redfern–Waterloo.

In order to achieve its aims and objectives, the RWA maintains an undertaking to:

  • Promote, facilitate, manage 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.

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Human Services Community Relations    Training, Employment & Enterprise    Planning and Urban Renewal                          


Corporate Governance

The NSW Premier and Minister for Redfern-Waterloo, the Hon. Kristina Kenneally, 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.

There are four Board Committees:

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management 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 Risk Management 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.


Aug-Dec 2009 - John Mulally, Sam Mostyn and Jim Mitchell

Jan-June 2010 - John Mulally, Bonnie Boezman AO and Victoria Weekes

Affordable Housing Committee

In accordance with RWA Board Procedures, the Affordable Housing Committee Terms of Reference are as follows:

  • To review the development and operation of the proposed affordable housing program for Redfern-Waterloo;
  • To review the operation of the Affordable Housing Voluntary Planning Agreement for the CUB site; and
  • To review the operation of the Affordable Housing Contributions Plan for Redfern-Waterloo.

Membership: Ann Weldon, Lucy Hughes Turnbull and Warren Mundine.

Urban Renewal Committee

The Urban Renewal Committee reviews and advises on proposed urban renewal strategies in accordance with the RWA’s Built Environment Plan.

Membership: Col Gellatly AO, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, Richard Johnson and Michael Collins

Human Services Committee

Membership: Sam Mostyn, Lucy Hughes Turnbull, Ann Weldon, John Mulally


                                    Minister for Redfern-Waterloo


                                                    RWA Board



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Audit Risk      Affordable Housing    Urban Renewal           Human Services

Committee      Committee                  Committee                  Committee

Board Members

Board members are appointed in accordance with Section 9 Schedule 2 of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004

Dr Col Gellatly AO B Ag Ec 9 (Hons) UNE, M Comm (Hons) UNSW, Ph D NC State, FIPAA Term of appointment 23/01/08 to 16/01/11

Dr Col Gellatly AO was Chairperson of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority and Australian Technology Park as of 1 July 2007. Dr Gellatly is the former Director-General of the Premier’s Department, a role which he held since being appointed 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 is also Chair of Pillar Corporation, a member of the Board of State Water Corporation, a member of the UN E Council, member of Board of the NSW Rugby League and an Administrator, Wollongong City Council. 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 Michael Collins FRICS - Term of appointment 18/01/09 to 16/01/11

Mike Collins is a Sydney property practitioner. He has been involved in property economics, real estate valuation, property consultancy and asset management for over 35 years, and is professionally qualified in property economics and valuation. He runs his own property advisory company based in the Sydney CBD. Mike is the Chairman of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. He is also Chairman of the NSW Government’s Land and Housing Supply Coordination Task Force. He is a former Chairman of the Heritage Council of NSW and a former National and NSW President of the Australian Property Institute.

Mr Richard Johnson MBE M Phil (UCL) B.Arch Hons 1 (UNSW) FRAIA - Term of appointment 23/01/08 to 16/01/11

Richard Johnson is an award winning architect and 2008 Gold Medallist. He is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales and a Director of Johnson Pilton Walker Architects. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, an Associate of 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 - Term of appointment 18/01/09 to 16/01/11

Sam Mostyn has an extensive background business, management, law and sustainability. She recently left Insurance Australia Group (IAG) after six years as Group Executive, Culture & Reputation, a role in which she was responsible for Human Resources, Organisational Effectiveness, Corporate & Government Affairs and Corporate Sustainability functions. Prior to joining IAG in 2002, Sam held senior executive roles at Optus and spent two years in London as Group Director, Human Resources for Cable and Wireless plc. She serves on the Boards of the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian Museum Reconciliation Australia, Australian Volunteers International and the AFL. She also serves on the NSW and QLD Climate Change Councils and Chairs the Advisory Council of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship Project.

Mr Warren Mundine DUniv (Hon) FAIM MAICD - Term of appointment 23/01/07 to 16/01/11

A Bundjalung man, Warren is CEO of NTSCORP Ltd and Chairman of Indigenous Investment Management. Warren is an advocate for empowering Indigenous people to break the poverty cycle and build a strong Indigenous economy. A Doctor of the University (honoris causa) (Southern Cross University), Warren also holds several Chairmanships such as the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and NAISDA Ltd (NAISDA Dance College). He is also a member of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Board of Directors, Macquarie University Council and the Southern Cross University Foundation. Warren is an Ambassador for the Song Room and the Indigenous Program of Football Federation Australia.

Ms Lucy Hughes Turnbull LLB (Sydney), MBA (UNSW) - Term of Appointment 18/01/09 to 16/01/11

Lucy Hughes Turnbull is a Director of the Board of Melbourne IT, an Australian publicly-listed internet services company with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. She is also a Board Member of Australian Technology Park in Redfern, the Centre for Independent Studies, the Redfern Foundation Limited, the Turnbull Foundation and the Cancer Institute NSW. Lucy was Sydney’s first female Lord Mayor (2003-4) and Deputy Lord Mayor (1999-2003). She served as a Councillor on the City of Sydney from 1999-2004 and chaired many council committees, including the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the Planning, Transport and Development Committee and the Finance and Audit Committees. Lucy is Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney and a Board Member of the contemporary art Biennale of Sydney. Her interests include history, contemporary culture, planning, architecture and design and, in 1999, published the book Sydney – Biography of a City.

Ms Ann Weldon - Term of appointment 18/01/09 to 16/01/11

Ann Weldon is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation and was one of the founding members of the NSW Aboriginal Children’s Service and Inner West Aboriginal Community Company to name just two. For the past 35 years, Ann has held executive positions and was a member of a number of committees including the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Marrickville Aboriginal Consultative Committee and the Aboriginal Legal Service. She was elected to the Sydney ATSIC Regional Council for three consecutive terms as Councillor and as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. Ann was appointed to the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Housing Board in 1998 as an ATSIC nominee and was then appointed the first female Chairperson of the NSW Housing Board from 2000-2007.

Mr John Mulally BA LLB (Hons) - Term of appointment 23/01/08 to 16/01/11

John has over 40 years experience as a lawyer specialising in major property and infrastructure projects. He has acted for major Australian and off-shore developers and investors, Australian and State Government instrumentalities and off-shore Governments. This has included the acquisition, development and sale of major projects in all capital cities of Australia as well as in Vanuatu, Jakarta, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Paris, St Petersburg, Kiev, Moscow and New York. He has also advised on major energy projects in Australia and off-shore and on major infrastructure and renewable energy projects in China and Africa. His role in these projects deals with the funding structure, legal requirements and integration of the commercial with the legal outcomes required to achieve project development. He is currently acting for Western Gulf Advisory AG of Switzerland which is a major funder of and an investor in Australian projects.

CEO – Mr Roy Wakelin-King AM BPS (UNE) GDP Bus (UTS) - Term of appointment 16/02/09

Roy Wakelin-King AM was appointed the Chief Executive Officer on 16th February 2009. Prior to this, Roy was the Deputy Director General of the Office of Public Works & Services with the NSW Department of Commerce. Roy was also CEO of the World Youth Day Coordination Authority which coordinated the delivery of Government services for the highly successful World Youth Day 2008. Roy has been an Executive Director within the NSW Ministry of Transport in the position of Director - Transport Operations Division. Roy has extensive experience in both operations and project leadership, particularly in the fields of transport and logistics. His experience includes a short Army career as a commissioned officer followed by a series of senior project and operational appointments within the NSW Government.

RWA Board Attendance FYR 09/10                     


Directors                             Board Meetings

                                                A1       B2

                                     Attended        Held

Col Gellatly AO                         9          9

Roy Wakelin-King AM               9          9

Richard Johnson                      7          9

Lucy Hughes Turnbull              7          9

Warren Mundine                     5          9

John Mulally                            6          9

Michael Collins                        8          9

Sam Mostyn                            7          9

Ann Weldon                            4          9

1 Number of meetings attended

2 Number of meetings held

Ministerial Advisory Committees   

Invited residents of Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh and Darlington are also amongst members of three Ministerial Advisory Committees established to advise on matters relating to the development and implementation of the RWA’s Built Environment, Human Services and Employment & Enterprise Plans. These committees also include representatives from Federal, State and Local Government and the area’s Indigenous communities.


The RWA has no related party disclosures to declare.

Redfern-Waterloo Plan

Since the inception of the RWA in January 2005, the Redfern-Waterloo area has undergone a significant transformation as a result of a three-part plan for strategic urban renewal, improved human services and job creation comprising the following:

Built Environment Plan (BEP):

Identifying and developing sites within the area for commercial, residential and community uses;

Human Services Plan (HSP):

Delivering better coordination of health, youth and social services between non Government and Government organisations in the area; and

Employment and Enterprise Plan (EEP):

Creating business development and job opportunities in Redfern, focusing on the Indigenous community and local enterprise.

Built Environment Plan

The Built Environment Plan Stage 1 was released in August 2006 and established a planning framework to stimulate social and economic renewal in the Redfern-Waterloo area through new business and housing, job creation and improvements to the built environment. The economic and social benefits generated by the BEP1 are evidenced by key developments such as the television/media complex at Australian Technology Park and the redevelopment of the Redfern RSL Club which commenced in early 2010.

The RWA in partnership with Housing NSW continued to develop the draft Stage 2 of the Built Environment Plan (BEP2) to provide for the renewal of social housing estates in Redfern-Waterloo and opportunities to enhance affordable housing by:

  • Revitalising and improving social housing stock;
  • Enhancing the public domain within and around the social housing estates;
  • Reducing the concentration of social housing and providing a more balanced housing and social mix to create more sustainable communities; and
  • Facilitating the provision of affordable housing.

The Redfern-Waterloo community and social housing tenants in particular will be extensively consulted on any proposals for public housing renewal.

Significant achievements delivered through the Built Environment Plan to date:

  • Assisted the Indigenous Land Corporation in securing Redfern as the location for the $53m National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. The NCIE is a multi-use complex with world-class sports, arts, educational and cultural programs for young Indigenous people and the wider community. The centre opened in January 2010 and is the first of its kind in Australia.
  • The establishment of the $10m Community Health Centre in Redfern Street on the site of the former court house and police station was facilitated by the RWA. The centre was funded from the proceeds of the sale of the former Rachel Forster Hospital with a concept plan prepared by the RWA. The centre opened in February, 2010 and provides mental health, drug and alcohol services, HIV services and health nursing.
  • The establishment of affordable housing initiatives, including the negotiation of the Affordable Housing Agreement with Frasers Property from the development of the former Carlton United Breweries site in Chippendale. The agreement will generate around $32m in affordable housing funds over the next five years up until 2013/14 to fund the provision of affordable housing within the Redfern-Waterloo area.
  • The establishment of a working group with RailCorp to develop options for the upgrade of Redfern Station.
  • Enabling the commencement of construction on the $28m mixed retail/commercial and residential development which will result in 84 apartments and a new Redfern RSL Club.
  • The Government’s approval of the Aboriginal Housing Company’s $60m Pemulwy Project Concept Plan on Aboriginal land within and around ‘The Block’ in July 2009 is a significant renewal project for the area. This includes 62 residential apartments, employment, and cultural & community uses.

Heritage Works

In late 2009, the RWA established the Redfern-Waterloo Heritage Taskforce (RWHT), the purpose of which is to identify opportunities for the active conservation, interpretation and adaptive reuse of the heritage of the Redfern-Waterloo area. The RWHT met for the first time in December 2009 and meets approximately four times a year with sub-groups meeting at other times. The Taskforce includes two Indigenous representatives and works on a project basis to address a broad and comprehensive treatment of the area’s diverse heritage values.

The preservation of Bays 1 and 2, the refurbishment of the pump room, the upgrade of the water tower and various other works at the former Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops at Australian Technology Park are among the heritage works invested in by the RWA, through its subsidary company ATPPML.

The Taskforce seeks to increase community awareness, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the existing heritage and stimulate greater community initiative and participation in efforts to conserve it.

Built Environment Ministerial Advisory Committee

  • NSW Department of State & Regional Development – Reg Fisk
  • Housing NSW – Kathy Roil
  • NSW Roads & Traffic Authority – Peter Collins
  • NSW Department of Planning – Josephine Wing
  • Railcorp – Ivan Glavinic
  • City of Sydney – Andrew Thomas
  • Community – Alex Kibble
  • Community – Geoff Turnbull
  • Community – Norah McGuire
  • Community – Steve Tamas
  • Community – Denny Powell
  • Community – Mary Lynne Pidcock
  • RWA – Roy Wakelin-King AM (Chair)
  • RWA – Joanne McGuiness
  • RWA – Julie Parsons (Secretariat)

A Centre for Excellence

In February 2010, the Redfern community was joined by then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, for the official opening of The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (NCIE). Mr Rudd said it was proud day for Australians and marked a new era in Indigenous education, engagement and leadership. The multi-use complex provides world-class sports, arts, educational and cultural programs for young Indigenous people and the wider community, and is the first of its kind in Australia.   

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority helped the Indigenous Land Corporation to secure the site for the Centre. Facilities include a 25-metre heated pool, a YMCA-designed gymnasium and cardio hall, sports field, dining hall and activity rooms, hostel accommodation, conference facilities, meeting rooms and a ropes course.    

Sol Bellear, an NCIE Director, said the Centre is already helping to build a more cohesive, more tolerant Redfern.           

 “The idea being that the Centre is inclusive not exclusive. We are here for everybody, not just Indigenous people.”

More than 100 young people will sleep, eat and learn in the facility at any one time, studying in the fields of sport, art culture and/or education.

“We will provide practical skills for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need guidance and support,” said NCIE CEO Jason Glanville. “We are aiming to have 5,000 people rolling through the doors annually.”

Members of the general public have also embraced the Centre, with almost 1000 gym memberships since it opened in January 2010.

Human Services Plan

The RWA’s Human Services Plan was developed in two phases. Phase 1 focuses on improving services delivered to children and families, Aboriginal people and young people and was endorsed by NSW Government in December 2005. An independent consultation undertook an 18-month review of Phase 1 and The Redfern Waterloo Human Services Plan Phase 1 Evaluation Report was publicly released in July 2009.

The Report revealed good progress on many of the actions, and highlighted the fact that the Human Services Plan Phase One has resulted in key human services agencies working more collaboratively, sharing information and targeting specific new initiatives in the area.

Following recommendations made in the report, the RWA re-established the Redfern Waterloo Youth Services Taskforce and Family Violence Taskforce in 2009 to advance action in these areas.

The RWA continued to oversee the implementation of the Human Services Plan working collaboratively with both government and non-government agencies in the area to progress actions.

Significant achievements in Human Services include:

  • The RWA in conjunction with various human services agencies delivered LOVE BiTES a school-based violence and sexual assault prevention program. The LOVE BiTES program was run at the Alexandria Park Community School and incorporated interactive workshops for students and youth workers on sexual assault and family/domestic violence issues.
  • The RWA in conjunction with the Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Learning, Employment, Enterprise Action Group assisted in a landscaping project and upgrade of the South Sydney PCYC façade. This project provided vocational education and training for young unemployed people from the area and resulted in creating a more welcoming entry to this important youth facility for the area.
  • The RWA provided support to the Redfern Local Area Command in the delivery of the “Working together for a safer Redfern” forum held in March 2010. The forum featured speakers from victims of crime, and various organisations involved in community safety and focused on Domestic Violence, Alcohol and Drugs and the effects of violence and trauma on children.
  • The RWA in conjunction with the Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development hosted an NGO Forum in May 2010 to promote positive discussion between NGO’s and Government agencies in the ongoing delivery of human services to provide better outcomes for the community.
  • In collaboration with NSW Health, the City of Sydney Council and Redfern Police, the RWA assisted in the relocation the Needle & Syringe Outreach Service from The Block in December 2009.

Human Services Ministerial Advisory Committee

  • NSW Department of Community Services – Lisa Charet
  • Housing NSW – Meghan Hibbert
  • NSW Police – Luke Freudenstein
  • NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs – Kristy Masella
  • NSW Department of Education – Phil Lambert/Paul Parks
  • NSW Department of Health – Greg Stewart
  • City of Sydney – Suzie Matthews/Ian Hay
  • NSW Dept Ageing, Disability and Home Care – Steven Gal
  • Indigenous Coordination Centre – Sally Gibson
  • Ministry of Transport – Caroline Mason
  • Community – Alison Peters
  • Community – Mabel Chang
  • Community – Michael Shreenan
  • Community – Robert Perry
  • Community – Albert Torrens
  • Community – Brad Freeburn
  • Community – John Hutchinson
  • Community – Ross Smith
  • RWA – Roy Wakelin-King AM (Chair)
  • RWA – Julie Parsons (Secretariat)

Community Health Centre

The former Courthouse and Police Station at 103 Redfern Street is now home to a $10 million Community Health Centre. The Courthouse and Police Station was one of several key “strategic sites” identified by the RWA which can contribute to providing land for business and residential purposes. These sites maximise the advantage of existing public transport; the Sydney CBD, Airport and Port; recreational and cultural facilities; and nearby significant health and educational facilities.

The project was funded by the sale of the Rachel Forster Hospital site on the corner of Pitt and Albert Streets, Redfern, and was approved by the NSW Government in July 2008. The Centre operationally opened in February 2010 and provides a comprehensive range of services, creates up to 94 full-time jobs in the area, adaptively re-uses a significant building and delivers a range of important health benefits to local families.

Other aims and objectives of the development are to:

  • Provide access to and between different health and community services;
  • Provide flexible building design to allow for future modification and anticipated growth in demand for services and changes in clinical practice;
  • Ensure development provides harmony and balance with the surrounding areas;
  • Provide a high quality urban environment through careful design of buildings and a well designed public domain; and
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for users and staff of the facility and the wider community.

Through projects such as the Community Health Centre, the community is starting to see the results of both phases of the Human Services Plan, which identifies specific challenges faced by a broad section of the community particularly in the areas of population, drug and mental health.

Employment and Enterprise Plan

The Employment & Enterprise Plan was published in May 2006 and was the first comprehensive training and employment strategy for the Redfern-Waterloo area. Its 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 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; and
  • Supporting local business.

Significant achievements to date:

  • Establishment of the Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training Centre on the North Eveleigh site in Darlington. Since opening in 2006, a total of 135 students have graduated with a Certificate II in Hospitality Operations. The training centre specialises in Indigenous cuisine.
  • Establishment of the Koori Job Ready Course in Darlington, training local Indigenous people in construction skills. Since 2008, 78 Indigenous people have graduated from the course. 46 (or 60 percent) have gained employment in construction and other industries.
  • Creation of the Aboriginal Employment Model which as of 30 June 2010 has brokered employment opportunities for more than 600 Aboriginal people in the construction industry on local, State and Federal Government projects and private sector contracts.
  • Helping facilitate the relocation of Channel 7, Global Television and Pacific Magazines in January 2010 to a new purpose-built media complex at Australian Technology Park. The three companies have up to 2,000 employees, many of whom utilise Redfern Station and contribute to local business in the surrounding area.
  • The collaboration with Sydney City Council, Souths Rabittohs and the Redfern-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in the Roll-Up Redfern campaign which encourages local business to improve the commercial landscape in the Redfern-Waterloo town centre.

Aboriginal Employment Model (AEM)

The RWA’s groundbreaking Aboriginal Employment Model (AEM) has brokered employment opportunities in the construction industry for over 600 Aboriginal people across 25 trades, from electricians to bricklayers, office administrators and crane drivers. Several private sector groups are also replicating the RWA’s model to manage Aboriginal employment on sites throughout Sydney.

The Model has been adopted by other NSW Government agencies, and has resulted in the achievement of Aboriginal employment outcomes on local construction projects including the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Channel 7, CarriageWorks, the Black Theatre site, the Elizabeth Street Housing redevelopment, Redfern Community Health Centre, and the Redfern Street Redfern Park upgrades.

Employment and Enterprise Ministerial Advisory Commitee

  • NSW Department of Education – Phil Lambert
  • NSW Department of State & Regional Development – Bernadette Selfe
  • NSW TAFE – Allison Wood
  • NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs – Kristy Masella
  • Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Sharron Hawkins
  • City of Sydney – Jan Campbell
  • Community – Mary Lynne Pidcock
  • Community – Michael Dalah
  • Community – Millie Ingram
  • Community – Siobhan Bryson
  • Community – Les Tobler
  • RWA – Roy Wakelin-King AM (Chair)
  • RWA – Denny Hall
  • RWA – Julie Parsons (Secretariat)

Aunty Beryl Celebrates & Cooks For Royalty

The Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training Centre held its third graduation ceremony for 2009 in October. Eight Aboriginal students received their Certificate II training in Hospitality Operations, and it was a also fitting way to acknowledge the company’s third anniversary.

Since opening its doors in October 2006, Yaama Dhiyaan has become a cornerstone training centre in the local community, having helped over 100 students graduate from the hospitality course. More than 66 percent have since gained employment or moved on to further education.

Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl Van Oploo has taught at Yaama Dhiyaan since the beginning. “My dream to provide Aboriginal people with skills to work in hospitality has become a wonderful reality,” Aunty Beryl says.

“Along with the Koori Job Ready Course, this hospitality course empowers graduates to make decisions about what they want to do with the rest of their lives,” said RWA CEO, Roy Wakelin-King AM.

“It’s about giving young and older Indigenous people the skills and the opportunity to build themselves a positive and fulfilling future.”

Three months after celebrating the anniversary, Aunty Beryl was preparing afternoon tea for Prince William. Around 2000 people turned out on the streets of Redfern when the Prince visited the Community Centre in the heart of The Block on 18th January 2010 as part of a three day Australian tour. He was welcomed by a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and met with members of the local Indigenous community.

“It was exciting because he chose our community to come to,” Aunty Beryl said. “I reckon he has similar reasons to his mum for coming to Redfern. He wants to touch everybody in society whether you are rich, poor or otherwise. He is a lovely man with similar traits to his mother and father.”

Charles Madden, director of Redfern’s Aboriginal Medical Service, was first to speak at the event, saying: “I’d like to thank Prince William for coming here to The Block today.” Mr Madden said. “It’s good to have him here because The Block has produced a lot of positive things for Redfern.”

Aunty Beryl and the team at Yaama served the Prince and around 60 elders an afternoon tea which included quandon and custard tarts, lemon myrtle butter biscuits, chocolate truffles and a fruit cocktail. It was the second time Aunty Beryl has served royalty. About 40 years ago, she did a catering job at The Rocks during a visit by Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, who was served kangaroo meatballs with bush tomato sauce.

A New Look

Since the inception of the RWA in 2005, the NSW Government has directly facilitated the investment of more than $b00m towards infrastructure development, the provision of improved human services and employment opportunities for the local community including dedicated roles for Indigenous workers.

New facilities such as the Community Health Centre and National Centre of Indigenous Excellence are now providing first class services and facilities to the local community. The newly opened Farmers and Artisan Markets in North Eveleigh features over 70 regular stall holders offering a vast array of seasonal fresh and value-added produce including organic biodynamic foods from farmers and artisan producers across NSW. A number of other exciting businesses have also integrated into the industrial heritage of the Refern area including art galleries, furniture stores and restaurants.

Australian Technology Park & North Eveleigh

The NSW Government’s biggest investment in the Redfern-Waterloo area has been in Australian Technology Park. ATP is one of the country’s most dynamic technology and innovation precincts, providing a collaborative R&D environment which enables innovative ICT companies to forge exciting alliances and access support for global commercialisation. It also includes unique world class conferencing, exhibition and entertainment venues which have earned a national reputation for excellence.

ATP is located on almost 14 hectares of what was originally part of the Eveleigh Railway Yards and was an initiative of the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and the University of Technology (Sydney), with support from the Federal and NSW State Governments.

Owned and managed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority since July 2000, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the RWA and one of eight locally significant strategic sites under the jurisdiction of the RWA in April 2005. Five months later, an investment of more than $54m by the RWA resulted in construction of the 11,000sqm research facility for National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) and the Defence, Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO), which was completed in 2008, along with new roads and infrastructure.

In January 2010, Channel 7, Pacific Magazines and Global Television moved approximately 2,000 employees into a brand new state-of-the-art television and media office complex at 8 Central Avenue within the Park. This building was the largest commercial development in Redfern for more than a decade and the arrival of these global companies heralds the ATP’s evolution as one of Australia’s leading media centres.

Australian Technology Park will be a main driver in RedfernWaterloo’s economic growth over the next decade. Future capital investment is estimated at around $460m, with an ultimate workforce of more than 9000 permanent employees, representing a 20 percent increase in jobs for the area. The developing media environment at ATP will stimulate commercial interest and encourage associated industries wanting to seek synergies with such a large and dynamic industry presence to locate, if not exclusively within ATP, to Redfern-Waterloo, and particularly, the North Eveleigh precinct.

The former Minister for Planning and now Premier, Kristina Keneally, announced the approval of the Concept Plan for the redevelopment of North Eveleigh in January 2009.

The Concept Plan provides for a mixed use precinct for living, working and recreation and will offer affordable housing for key workers in the area, such as teachers, nurses and police.

The plan is for the site to be developed over the next five to seven years and will accommodate residential, commercial, retail cultural and community uses as well as public open space.

The concept plan proposes:

  • Around 1,200 new dwellings within close proximity to Redfern Station;
  • Retention and adaptive use of heritage buildings;
  • A public open space network totalling 9,980sqm including five parks;
  • New community and childcare facilities;
  • A 12 percent target of the total new dwellings to be developed on the site for affordable housing;
  • Construction of a number of new buildings ranging from 4 to 16 storeys, with the taller buildings at the eastern end of the site and adjacent to the rail corridor;
  • Infrastructure and services such as roadways and stormwater management; and
  • Intersection upgrades to address any increased traffic generation.

One of the outstanding features of this site is its historical and heritage significance. Approximately 30 percent of the site’s floor space is located within existing buildings. The heritage buildings and structures to be retained and adaptively used are;

  • Paint Shop Building – retail and residential uses;
  • Chief Mechanical Engineers Building – commercial or residential uses;
  • Scientific Services Building – community/cultural uses;
  • Telecommunications Equipment Centre – community/cultural uses;
  • Clothing Store Building – residential uses;
  • Blacksmith’s Workshop – cultural/community and commercial purposes; and
  • Fan of Tracks – part of the railway tracks will be retained and interpreted within the public domain.

The Carriage Workshop building currently occupied by the Ministry of Arts – Performing Arts Centre and the Anna Schwartz Gallery will continue to be used for cultural/community and commercial purposes.

The $550m redevelopment will create approximately 6,500 jobs including 3,300 construction jobs with 300 of these positions being for Aboriginal people. Approximately 3,000 permanent jobs will be created from the commercial, retail and cultural development of the site.

Eveleigh Market Named Sydney’s Best

In October 2009, Redfern-Waterloo’s premier market were declared the best market in Sydney after just seven months of operation by the Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Foodies Guide.

Eveleigh Market was judged the best on the criteria of ‘excellence of product, knowledge and understanding of what is stocked, attention to detail and engagement with business.’ The award acknowledged Management’s undertaking of authentic audits with stallholders on an ongoing basis to reassure product quality.

Eveleigh Market Manager, Ariana Aljinovic said it was an honour to receive the award, especially for the farmers and producers.

“Ever since we started operating, community support for the markets has grown,” says Ariana. “It’s no wonder considering the amazing range of products on offer from the more than 65 stallholders.”

The rain, hail or shine weekly event attracts up to 3,000 visitors every Saturday, while the Artisans’ Market continues to showcase the best in individually-designed local art, sculpture, ceramic glass, craft and Indigenous works on the first Sunday of each month.

The Eveleigh Market was created by a $3m refurbishment of the heritage Blacksmith’s Workshop undertaken by the NSW Government and the Redfern-Waterloo Authority.

Sponsorships/Grants Provided by the Redfern-Waterloo Authority

The RWA sponsors and provides funding throughout the year to community projects, local sporting organisations and Indigenous enterprises. Following is a list of contributions by the RWA for the 2009/2010 Financial Year commencing 1st July 2009.

Organisation – Grant approved $ – Date Approved – Purpose -Alignment with RWA Plan

Waterloo Storm Rugby League Club - $3690 - 13/07/09 - Purchase of equipment to participate in 2009 Koori Knockout - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

IndgieLab 2009 - $3750 - 7/07/09 - To provide a place for a Redfern-Waterloo based artist to attend the week long Indigenous Artist Residency program in Bundanoon - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church - $3000 - 8/07/09 - To assist with their 150th Foundation Day Celebrations Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Darlington School& Community Association - $200 - 13/07/09 - To support a dinner to raise funds for children’s playground equipment - Priority 1 “Improve the health and well being of children”

Waterloo Storm Women’s Rugby League Club - $1500 - 14/08/09 - To assist them to participate in the 2000 Koori Knockout - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Redfern All Blacks Rugby League - $2164 - 7/09/09 - Purchase of equipment to participate in 2009 Koori Knockout - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Redfern United Football Club - $1800 - 29/09/09 - Purchase of equipment to participate in 2009 Koori Knockout - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

The Factory Community Centre - $300 - 14/09/09 - Assistance for catering for community lunch to celebrate the Asian Moon Festival - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”          

Wrought Artworks P/L - $2000 - 7/09/09 - Assistance for refreshments for the Rail Heritage Conference delegation to the ATP 20 October 2009 - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

NSW Department of Community Services - $300 - 2/11/09 - Assistance for travelling and accommodation costs for Jane Hanckel to present at the Family Violence Taskforce meeting 3 December - Priority 5 “Reduce the incidence of family violence”

South Sydney PCYC - $1200 - 29/10/09 - Hire of a Boxing Ring for the PCYC/Police event 18 December, 2009 - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Tatiana Pogonza - $600 - 23/11/09 - Assistance for 11 year old local Waterloo girl Tatiana Pogonza to participate in the Sydney Comets Under 12’s Basketball Team - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community”

Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group - $1700 - 13/11/09 - Provision of 40 “Babana” Polo shirts to be distributed to Babana members - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Redfern United Football Club - $800 - 23/11/09 - Assistance for team to enter the Anthony Avery Memorial Touch Tournament January 23 and 24 2010 in Taree - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

South Sydney Community Transport - $200 - 1/12/09 - Catering assistance grant for Social Housing Tenants Information Meetings - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”     

Joann Bostock - $780 - 9/12/09 - Assistance for team to enter the Anthony Avery Memorial Touch Tournament January 23 and 24 2010 in Taree Payment for jerseys - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Emelda Davis (South Sea Islanders Recognition 5) - $150 - 9/12/09 - Assistance to fund Community barbeque - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Redfern Community Centre - $2000 - 14/12/09 - Contribution to assist with costs for the Christmas Celebrations on the Block - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Redfern All Blacks Cricket Club - $700 - 21/12/09 - Payment of entry fee for two cricket teams to enter the Pemulwuy Shield held at the University of NSW 4-5 January 2010- Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

The Factory Community Centre - $300 - 25/01/10 - Assistance for catering for community lunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”          

Redfern Legends - $1200 - 25/01/10 - Payment of accommodation costs for the Redfern Legends (women’s team) to participate in the Annual Ella 7’s Indigenous Rugby Union Event 2010 - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Alexandria Park Community School - $1400 - 28/01/10 - Talented and Gifted Program - Priority 2 “Lift local school numeracy and literacy levels to at least the state average”

Redfern Community Centre - $1100 - 8/02/10 - OzTag team for youth - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

South Sydney PCYC - $5000 - 1/03/10 - Landscaping Project – Employment & Training program - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Inner City Aboriginal Women’s Consultative Group (Mudgin-Gal) - $4100 - 1/03/10 - International Women’s Day - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

South Sydney Community Aid & Multi-Cultural Centre - $5000 - 1/03/10 - Assistance for Playgroups in the Park - Priority 1 “Improve the health and well being of children”

Free Roamers - $626 – 1/03/10 - Participation in the Ella 7”s Rugby competition - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

The Factory Community Centre - $300 - 13/04/10 - Assistance for catering for community lunch to celebrate the Thingyan Festival 15 April 2010- Priority 10 “Build community capacity

NCI E - $100 - 13/04/10 - Assistance for catering for Youth Week activity “Friday Night Lights” - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity

The Coloured Digger Project - $3080 - 15/04/10 -Payment for the mobile stage for the Anzac Day March 2010 - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Tribal Warrior - $575 – 29/04/10 - Payment for Jumping Castle expenses for Family and Culture Day 27/3/10 - Priority 10 “Build community capacity”

Walan Barramal - $2000 - 6/05/10 - Support for students to attend VIBE conference in Moree - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity

Jack Carney - $500 - 18/05/10 - Assistance for 12 year old local Waterloo boy to participate in the Sydney Comets Basketball Team - Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity

The Factory Community Centre - $2000 – 25/05/10 - Support for children from the Yurungai Dance Group to participate in the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Germany. Priority 6 “Increase participation of young people in the community” Priority 10 “Build community capacity

Total Grants  $54,115

Redfern -Waterloo Authority Financials

Due to the difficulty of dealing with tabulated data we have not included the Financials and the Notes to the Accounts in this text version. Those interested in the information contained in the accounts should consult the electronic version of the RWA Annual Report for 2009-10 -  (pdf ~mb)



The RWA was formed under the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Act 2004.

Chief and Senior Executive Officer

Mr Roy Wakelin-King AM was Chief and Senior Executive Officer with the RWA during the 2009-2010 Financial Year.

Staff Numbers by Employment Basis

                                                     Permanent Temporary Full-Time Part-Time Casual

Staff                                                    15           6                      21       -            1

%                                                      68%       27%                 95%      -          5%

Men                                                      1           5                      6          -           -

Women                                                 6          3                      7          2          0

Aboriginal Person or                             1           2                      2          1          -

Torres Strait Islander

Person with a Disability                        -           -                       -           -           -

Person from a racial, ethnic                  -           1                      1          -           -

or ethno-religious minority group

People whose first language               1           1                      2          -           -

is not English

Staff numbers by level          Men     Women            Total

$60,584 - $78,345                   0          3                      3

$78,346 - $97,932                   2          -                       2

$>$97,932                               3          6                      9

$<$97,932 (SES)                     1          -                       1

Legislative Changes

Nil to report.

Overseas Travel & Corporate Credit Cards

Nil overseas travel

Nil corporate credit cards

Payment of Accounts

All agreed accounts were settled in a timely manner.

Corporate Services

Finance, accounting services were provided to RWA by the finance division of the Australian Technology Park.

Risk Management

The RWA has a Business Risk Map of its operations. The primary objective of the Business Risk Map is to coordinate risk management activities within the RWA to ensure 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.

RWA staff have assigned wardens and participated in emergency evacuation drills. No OH&S incidents have arisen.

Internal Audit and Risk Management Attestation for the 2009-2010 Financial Year for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority

I, Roy Wakelin-King AM, am of the opinion that the Redfern-Waterloo Authority has internal audit and risk management processes in place that are, in all material respects, compliant with the core requirements set out in Treasury Circular NSW TC 09/08 Internal Audit and Risk Management Policy.

I, Roy Wakelin-King AM, am of the opinion that the Audit and Risk Committee for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority is constituted and operates in accordance with the independence and governance requirements of Treasury Circular NSW TC 09/0. The Chair and Members of the Audit and Risk Committee are:

  • Ms Bonnie Boezeman AO, Independent Chair (three year term of appointment)
  • Ms Victoria Weekes, Independent Member (two year term of appointment)
  • Mr John Mulally, Non-independent Member (two year term of appointment)

I, Roy Wakelin-King AM, declare that this Internal Audit and Risk Management Attestation is made on behalf of the following controlled entity:

  • Australian Technology Park Precinct Management Limited

These processes provide a level of assurance that enables the senior management of the Redfern-Waterloo Authority to understand, manage and satisfactorily control risk exposures.

Roy Wakelin-King AM

Chief Executive Officer

Redfern-Waterloo Authority

Managing Director

Company Secretary

Australian Technology Park Precinct Management Ltd

Freedom of Information Procedure

During the reporting period, no requests were made to the RWA under the Freedom of Information Act. In the previous financial year no requests were received 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 PO Box 3332

Redfern NSW 2016

The contact number for all FOI inquiries is (02) 9202 9100

Following is a full list of RWA Plans and Policies:

- 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 & Torres Strait Islander 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 and Purchasing Policy

Contact Details

Redfern-Waterloo Authority Level 11, Tower 2

1 Lawson Square

Redfern NSW 2016

Telephone: +61 2 9202 9100 Reception 9am – 5pm

Monday – Friday

Website: www.redfernwaterloo.com.au

Design and Produced by:

Creative Director: Mitchell Wade

Designer: John Liang

Information Architect: Michael Church

Photography: George Mourtzakis

Daniel Linnet

2009-10 Annual Report

You can access the Full PDF Version of this Annual Report at 09-10 Annual Report - Full Version (pdf ~2mb)