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Media Articles on Redfern Waterloo

This is a selection of major news items about Redfern Waterloo from various media outlets. The AHC also has a good selection of the stories about the Block in their media news section at http://www.ahc.org.au. You can get up to date news by setting up a Google News alert at http://www.google.com/alerts. News Alerts will not pick up local media and some mainstream media stories which do not appear on a news website, where possible we put these stories on our website to provide wide access to the stories.
Affordable Housing in North Eveleigh by 2015
In March the SSH revealed that the RWA had secured funding in April 2010 from the Federal Housing Affordability Fund. While this was only finalised earlier this year the SMDA has been preparing plans to deliver 61 affordable housing units at North Eveleigh by December 2014 reports Geoff Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
SMDA Releases Affordable Housing Details
Since 2006 the RWA had a policy for collecting affordable housing developer contributions in Redfern Waterloo but had no public policy about what it meant by affordable housing or how it would be managed. With $33m expected to be in the kitty by 2013 the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) has now placed its Redfern Waterloo Draft Affordable Rental Housing Strategy 2011-2030 on public exhibition until 24 May 2012 reports Geoff Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
11 000 demand immediate action to make Redfern Station accessible
A coalition of residents, workers, business, disability and community groups demands immediate action to ensure access at one of Sydneyʼs busiest railway stations as disabled and less mobile community members continue to be shut off from the transport network says this media release from Lift Redfern on 30 April 2012.
Plans to Redevelop Redfern's GCA (TNT) Towers
Director's Generals Requirements (DGRs) have been issued for 1 Lawson Square for alterations and additions to the existing towers to create an 18 storey mixed use development with commercial/retail use provided at the ground floor level over one (1) level of basement car park. The western tower (Tower 1) proposes commercial space from levels 1 to 5. Levels 6 to 17 will be residential. The eastern tower (Tower 2) will be residential from Levels 1 to 17. As the Development sits within the Redfern Waterloo State Significant Site area the proposal is State Significant with Application Number SSD-5249.
Sydney University Lodges Abercrombie Street Campus Revised Plan
Revised plans for the University of Sydney’s new Business School at the Abercrombie Precinct in Darlington have been submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. The plans are expected to go on public display on the Department’s website within the next 2 weeks reports this media release from Sydney University.
Lift Redfern Campaign: Station Access Now!
FOR as long as he can remember, wheelchair user and street vendor for The Big Issue, Eddie, has backtracked the long way to his office in Redfern because the station doesn’t have lifts reports James Gorman in Central Magazine on 24 April 2012.
Funding for 61 Affordable Housing Units at North Eveleigh
The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP Federal Minister for Housing and The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure in NSW made a joint release on 18th April 2012 announcing that the federal Housing Affordability Fund is funding infrastructure for the placement of 61 affordable housing units at North Eveleigh. The text of the joint media release is below:
Council escalates Lift Redfern campaign
The City of Sydney has stepped up pressure on government ministers to address the issue of poor facilities at Redfern Station reports Punam Vyas in City News on 12 April 2012.
Red Sox knock it out of the park!
Two years ago Gary Fishburn established an Indigenous baseball club in the Redfern area. He wanted to introduce mostly Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous children to the game of baseball. “I saw how the establishment of a baseball club in the inner city would encourage team spirit and build self confidence” reports Shelly Zahra in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Become a Sydney local in a day
Two men sit casually sharing a conversation, enjoying a clear summer night. A lighting display burns the word “Redfern” on the balcony above. A stranger driving past pulls over and sees it as a perfect Kodak moment to document “Redfern inhabitants”. She takes the photo and continues on. If she’d returned the next night she might have found the same men in the same place – with one difference. If she had spent the time to learn about the people, who they were and what Redfern was about, she may have taken a slightly different photo reports Libby Hogan in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Harmony of cultures, seniors in harmony
With NSW Seniors Week (March 18-25) and Harmony Day (March 21) falling in the same week, South Sydney Community Aid decided to combine the two celebrations and host Seniors in Harmony on March 20. The Seniors Week slogan is “Live Life!” and this year’s theme for Harmony Day was “Sport – Play, Engage, Inspire” which recognises the important role and positive influence that sport has in our multicultural nation reports Laura Kelly in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
High demand for student housing
With the number of international students on the rise, and university prices on a steep incline, the demand for affordable student housing is at an all-time high reports Anna Clark in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Gamarada’s peaceful warriors
REDFERN: On the night of Friday March 23, an intimate film screening and forum was held at the NCIE (National Centre of Indigenous Excellence). The free event was organised by the Gamarada Aboriginal men’s group, a Redfern-based association of volunteers committed to “Indigenous healing” and life skills programs for men and youth reports Andrew Collis in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Farewell, Marcelle
Independent Councillor Marcelle Hoff has resigned due to health reasons, effective March 22 reports the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Ashmore Estate update
On March 12, Council passed the draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) but voted to defer the Goodman site at 57 Ashmore Street and 165-175 Mitchell Road from it, on the grounds that the controls for the area warrant further consideration and/or public consultation. This means the City’s draft LEP that will now proceed to the State Government for approval excludes the Goodman site in the Ashmore precinct reports Kate Texilake in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald
Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney from RAIDD
The Open Letter below from RAIDD (Residents Acting In Darlington’s Defence) appeared as comment in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
No consultation, no confidence
On March 7 a vote of no confidence in the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, was passed by hundreds of staff and students who gathered outside his office to protest staff cuts announced earlier this year reports Michael Texilake in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Eveleigh Heritage Plan finalised
The SMDA has released on its website the Eveleigh Railway Workshops Interpretation Plan following Public Exhibition in April 2011 and Ministerial approval. Also released was the 2010 Eveleigh Field Day Project Report which included some great stories of ex-workers. Together they provide some good stories, and an overview of the heritage significance of Eveleigh, how it can be preserved and celebrated writes Geoff Turnbull in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
HAF funded non-public Masterplan?
Housing NSW has finished the advertised Preliminary Masterplan (PMP) design workshops for Redfern and Waterloo. HNSW will now take this material away and firm up the PMP in light of other research and studies that have happened away from the public discussions. No indication was given to those attending the final sessions about if and when the background studies and resultant work would be brought back to the community for comment writes Geoff Turnbull in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Community health?
Two Readers, Ross Smith and Geoff Turnbull responded to the March SSH article “Needle dispensary in public interest?” in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald
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