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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 You can get up to date news by setting up a Google News alert at 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.
SMDA Transition to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation
As of 1 January 2013 the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) will be re-named to become UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC) reports a statment from the SMDA on 22 December 2012.
Planning Approval for the Block's Pemulwuy Redevelopment
An exciting new chapter in the history of The Block is set to rise from the streets of Redfern with approval granted for the of the Pemulwuy redevelopment project, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Planning Minister Brad Hazzard announced today (22 December 2012) reports this media release from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.
NSW gives go-ahead for Redfern redevelopment
The New South Wales Government has given approval for the redevelopment of The Block in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern reports the ABC on 22 December 2012.
North Eveleigh Parks - Invitation to Contribute to Design by 17 December 2012
Two new parks of 3,350sm and 445sm are being proposed for the Newtown end of the North Eveleigh site. In an area where there is a low proportion of open space per capita it is very important to design these parks so that they meet the needs of those in the surrounding community and those visiting Carriageworks and the Eveleigh Markets. Locals are encouraged to make their thoughts known on what should happen with these parks.
Redfern & NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan
The NSW Government has now finalised its Long Term Transport Masterplan. Little has changed from the draft, a Redfern Station upgrade is still only a medium term priority in the following terms: “A comprehensive and multi-modal upgrade would address station access and connectivity issues, including access within and to the station, safe and convenient interchange with bus, pedestrian and cycle routes, and accommodating a corridor for expansion of the CBD rail network”
Landscaping for Park near North Eveleigh Western Entrance
The landscaping and park proposed to the east of the new western entrance to North Eveleigh and Carriageworks has been approved in the road and early works approval. To make the details readily available REDWatch has requested additional details from the SMDA and these are provided below.
SMDA To Start North Eveleigh Affordable Housing Project
The SMDA have posted their response to community submissions and anounced they will start work on the infrastructure required for the North Eveleigh Affordable Housing project. The announcement issued an email statement and placed details on their website on 13 November 2012. The details from their website are below:
Pemulwuy Preferred Project Comment Period - Until 21 Sept 2012
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has received a Preferred Project Report (PPR) from Deicorp Pty on behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Corporation in response to the submissions raised following exhibition of the Environmental Assessment for the above Major Project.
REDWatch Submission on NSW Planning System Review Green Paper
Below is the text of the REDWatch Submission on the NSW Planning System Review Green Paper submitted on 14 September 2012. This submission raises many concerns based on REDWatch's Redfern Waterloo experience.
UrbanGrowth NSW will not sell or build homes
The state government body charged with turbo-charging the state's housing sector and replacing Landcom will not sell or build homes, it has been revealed, in a historic shift of responsibilities reports Josephine Tovey in the Sydney Morning Herald of 8 September 2012.
Landcom boss slams housing barriers
THE chairman of the NSW government's development agency, Landcom, has hit out at lengthy delays to government-backed housing projects, such as Sydney's $1.7 billion Green Square in the city's inner south, blaming layers of policy and high costs reports Bridget Carter in The Australian of 8 September 2012.
Redfern & NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan – Exhibition Until 26 Oct
The Draft Masterplan says of Redfern Station “A comprehensive and multi-modal upgrade would address station access and connectivity issues, including access within and to the station, safe and convenient interchange with bus, pedestrian and cycle routes, and accommodating a corridor for expansion of the CBD rail network”. The Draft however sees this as a medium term priority as part of “upgrades to develop key city interchanges including Town Hall, Central, Redfern, Wynyard and Circular Quay”
There Goes The Neighbourhood
Once a byword for social decay, Redfern is now hip, thanks to gentrification and redevelopment. But while that has attracted cool cafes and the upwardly mobile, the area's many public housing residents are feeling increasingly downtrodden, as Stephanie Wood discovers in Sydney Magazine issue no 113 for September 2012.
Lift Redfern Petition Debate Transcript
On 23 August 2012 at 4.30pm the NSW Legislative Assembly debated the Lift Redfern petition. Below is the draft transcript of the debate which included Ms Clover Moore (Sydney), Ms Gladys Berejiklian (Willoughby - Minister for Transport), Ms Carmel Tebbutt (Marrickville), Mr Charles Casuscelli (Strathfield) and Mr Jamie Parker (Balmain).
Campaign on Track
THE Lift Redfern Campaign will finally get its moment in parliament tomorrow reports James Gorman in Central on 22 August 2012.
North Eveleigh could be New Enterprise Zone :Green Paper - Exhibition until 14 Sept 2012
The NSW Government released on 14 July its Green paper on the new Planning System, it is on exhibition until 14 September. The plan proposes greater up front community involvement in where development goes with less community input once these decisions have been made. Included in green paper are new Zonings including an Enterprise Zone with "very little, if any, development controls providing they do not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts". The Green Paper uses North Eveleigh as an example of where an Enterprise Zone could be established. REDWatch is concerned as the Department of Planning has previously recognised that traffic impacts from this site have a significant impact on the surrounding area. More details on the New Enterprise Zone is provided below.
Rachel Forster site community meeting
The Redfern community is alive and kicking, and determined to ensure the inevitable redevelopment of the area is as good as it should be. A diverse group of neighbours, with wide-ranging skills and experience, gathered at Redfern Town Hall on the morning of Saturday June 16 to hear the consultants employed by the current developers of the Rachel Forster Hospital site talk about what they are planning to do reports Caroline Pidcock in the South Sydney Herald of July 2012.
Notre Dame Fears
Since the University of Notre Dame (UNDA) first opened in Chippendale it has purchased several sites and expanded its campus more than five-fold. Contrary to previous undertakings, the University is now starting to encroach residential streets. Estimates indicate nearly 4,000 students attend the Chippendale campus. This is well ahead of projections writes Geoff Turnbull in the July 2012 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
2011 Census
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its first figures from the 2011 census. When compared to earlier census data the 2011 figures show population increases in the Sydney LGA up 8.2 per cent over the last five years with Redfern up 4.8 per cent and Waterloo up 25.2 per cent for over the same period. Over the last 10 years the population of Redfern has increased 9.7 per cent and Waterloo a huge 206 per cent writes Geoff Turnbull in the July 2012 South Sydney Herald.
Bye-bye SMDA
The NSW budget announced the demise of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) and its amalgamation with Landcom into a new state-wide body called Urbangrowth NSW. The new body will have compulsory acquisition powers like the current SMDA and will be in place by mid-July writes Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of July 2012.
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