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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.
New maintenance backlog reduction system?
The social housing maintenance backlog was reduced from $620 million in 2008/09 to $300 million in 2011, according to the current NSW Housing Minister writes Ross Smith in the Opinion piece in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
City’s ancient footsteps
The National Trust Heritage Awards for 2012 to honour the achievements of heritage professionals were announced on Monday April 23. There were 18 entries in the Education, Interpretation and Community Engagement category. The City of Sydney’s self-guided walking tours booklet, Barani/ Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow), was one of four entries that were highly commended reports Lyn Turnbull & William Rivera in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Positive relations between police and community
REDFERN: This month marks a special milestone for the life work of community member, Lesley Townsend – 15 years as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with Redfern Police. On April 19, Lesley Townsend spoke with the SSH and reflected on the ground gained in developing a stronger community in the Redfern/ Waterloo area reports Kate Williamson in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Scotland Housing sets a high bar – Can NSW measure up?
In April 2012, Scotland set the bar high after it launched its Social Housing Charter (SHC). The Charter establishes 16 standards and outcomes which all social landlords should achieve for their tenants and other customers. It will affect more than half a million households writes Michael Shreenan in this opinion piece in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
University of Sydney responds to criticism
In the letter below in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald the Sydney University Vice Chancellor responded to two articles in the April Issue of South Sydney Herald. We have also included the text of the Vice Chanellors add in the same SSH issue below.
Talking traffic and transport blues
ALEXANDRIA: Public transport and parking issues took the spotlight at the Alexandria Traffic Forum this month, as residents voiced their concerns over the area’s transport problems. The forum was attended by members of the Council, Sydney Buses, the NSW Department of Transport, transport consultants, and the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) reports Charles Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Help ALP Choose
ALP state conference will not pick its next Sydney Lord Mayoral candidate. All households in the Local Government Area will receive a postal ballot in May allowing residents to vote on the ALP candidate reports Geoff Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
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.
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