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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.
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
Issues for long-suffering tenants
Not a meeting with public tenants goes past without hearing horror stories about preventable problems in public housing writes Geoff Turnbull in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Kristina Keneally Supports Lift Redfern
Recently I met with representatives of the "Lift Redfern Campaign" regarding Redfern Railway Station needing urgent disability access writes Kristina Keneally in her Advertisement in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Campaign ratchets up pressure for lifts at Redfern
REDFERN: Campaign organisers and local residents gathered outside Redfern station on Monday March 19 to mark the official launch of the Lift Redfern campaign, as frustration over government inaction grows. The campaign is lobbying for lifts to be installed at Redfern station, as current access options are unsafe and unusable for many public transport users with mobility issues reports Charles Turnbull in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Redfern upgrade call
Redfern railway station needs an urgent upgrade to cater for the people with disabilities, a coalition of disability and community groups says writes Jacob Saulwick in the Sydney Morning Herald of 19 March 2012.
High hope for lift at Redfern
COMMUTERS, university offic­ials, community groups and lo­cal politicians today demanded the State Government Install a lift at Redfern train station reported Matt Sun in mX on 19 March 2012.
Lift Redfern Media Launch Statement - 18 March 2012
Media Conference to Launch Lift Redfern will happen at Redfern Station - Rosehill St entrance at 8am, Monday 19 March. Speakers: Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, City of Sydney Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney Clover Moore, Professor Stephen Garton, Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Greens Councillor Irene Doutney and members from the local community. The text of the media statement of 18 March 2012 is below:
High-rise decision brought back to earth
The NSW government has reversed a decision by the former Labor government to allow residential towers up to 19-storeys on one of the largest industrial sites in Sydney's inner west reports Matthew Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald of 15 March 2012.
Equitable Access to Redfern Station - Mayoral Minute 12 March 2012
Below is the text of the Mayoral Minute of 12 March 2012 from City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore concerning Equitable Access to Redfern Station. At the foot of the minute is the text of the Motion moved by the Lord Mayor.
Preliminary Master Plan not to be made Public
Housing NSW have declined a REDWatch request that the Preliminary Masterplan be made public for community consultation before it is reported to the Federal Government by advising that "the preliminary masterplanning is an internal working document exploring options for Housing and Property Group’s major sites and is in a constant state of development". Housing NSW has also declined REDWatch's request to publicly release the HNSW Preliminary Masterplan progress reports to the Federal Government. Below you can see what REDWatch requested and why and how HNSW have responded. REDWatch wrote to HNSW when it became apparent HNSW had made no provision in their consultation to publicly exhibit their Preliminary Masterplan.
Five grotty train stations set for sale to the private sector
FIVE of Sydney's overcrowded and grubby train stations could be handed over to the private sector for redevelopment [including Redfern] writes Rhys Haynes in The Daily Telegraph of 9 March 2012.
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