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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.
City releases alternate plan for Waterloo Estate
The City of Sydney today released an alternate proposal for the NSW Government's redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate, calling on the Government to scrap their current plan and hand planning control of the site back to the City of Sydney. The media release is below.
Redfern Station Accessability Upgrade
On 27 February, the story of the upgrade was carried in the Sydney Morning Herald and the following information appeared on the Transport for NSW website. The anouncement came just before the NSW Government went into Caretaker mode so it is not expected more details will be officially available until after the March 23 NSW Election. The SMH reported that "After years of refusals by successive governments to upgrade the heritage-listed station, six lifts and six sets of stairs will be installed as part of a $100 million project, ensuring better access for commuters to platforms one to 10. The lifts will link to a footbridge to be built at the southern end of the station. It will improve access to the Australian Technology Park, Carriageworks and the University of Sydney. The footbridge will connect Gibbons Street, on the eastern side of the rail tracks, with Little Eveleigh and Wilson streets to the west. While preliminary surveys and geotechnical work are under way, major construction at Redfern is not expected to begin until late this year and will take about a year to complete". The link to the SMH story is at the foot of this post.
Premier's Announcement of Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct
Below is the media release about the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct announcement.
A vision for the new Sydney Technology and Innovation Precinct
On 26 February the NSW Government announced the Central-Eveleigh Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct. Here is background from the Department of Industry website about the proposal.
Mirvac’s redevelopment of The Locomotive Workshops approved
The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has handed down its determination on two Mirvac DAs for the Locomotive Workshop at South Eveleigh (ATP).
Mayoral Minute and Council Resolution of 11 Feb 2019 covering Waterloo Redevelopment
At the City of Sydney Council Meeting on 11 February 2019, Lord Mayor Clover Moore moved a mayoral minute dealing with "The Devastating Impacts of State Planning on the City of Sydney". This Minute made reference to the Waterloo Redevelopment and contained a recommendation that Council host a public meeting about the Waterloo redevelopment. The recommendations were accepted by Council along with another resolution later in the meeting specifically about Council action on the Waterloo Estate Redevelopment. The text of the minute and the resolution are below:
REDWatch Waterloo Metro SSP and SSDA Submission
REDWatch made the submission below on the Waterloo Metro SSP and SSDA on 30 January 2019.
Waterloo Estate Master Plan outline released
On 23 January 2019 afternoon Minister Prue Goward released the Preferred Master Plan proposal for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Estate. Here are links to the plan and some preliminary comments by REDWatch.
Clover Moore: Raise your concerns to protect Waterloo
Clover Moore has written to her supporters asking them to make submissions about the Waterloo Metro exhibitions. Below we have provided the details supplied by Clover. We have also taken the issues Clover's planners have raised in the form of a submission that you can copy and modify into the Planning portals or copy into a written submission with any changes you want to make.
Lies, damn lies and statistics – REDWatch comments on the Waterloo demographic reports
One of the concerns about the Waterloo redevelopment is that the existing vulnerable public housing community will continue to exist, but it will be less visible in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) measures used by social planning and funding bodies.
Estate Options Testing Consultation Report Released
On 11 January LAHC released their Options Testing Consultation Report. This report documents for the SSP process the outcomes of the options testing phase of consultation for the Waterloo Redevelopment. It also incorporates an overview of the findings of the initial visioning phase of the consultation.
UrbanGrowth Metro Quarter Clarifications
At the REDWatch meeting on June 7 2018 UrbanGrowth undertook to provide some information back to REDWatch in clarification of some issues raised.
Social Baseline Report Preliminary detail issues and comments
uThe following preliminary comments were prepared by Michael Shreenan of Counterpoint Community Services and supplied to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation and Land and Housing Corporation. The comments draw on feedback provided on an earlier GHD report on community facilities which remain issues in the current GHD report. It also draws on feedback from other Groundswell agency members about the current GHD Social Baseline Report.
A new centre for heritage transport at Chullora - Eveleigh Implications
On 30 November 2018 Transport for NSW announced a new Heritage transport centre at Chullora. The media release below, along with the factsheet also below, made specific reference to the Large Erecting Shop (LES) at Eveleigh as being "adapted for new uses". The ATP sale sale to Mirvac contained a provision which allows it first right of refusal to the LES if not required by Transport for NSW. The media statement also makes reference to the Paint Shop at Eveleigh but it is not referenced as being "adapted for new uses". The text of the statement and the fact sheet are below.
How to make a submission on Waterloo Metro Quarter Exhibitions by 30 January 2019
Below we have combined the instructions for making submissions on both the Waterloo Metro Quarter SSP and the SSDA. The community, government agencies and project stakeholders can make submissions until 30 January 2019.
How to find Information about Waterloo Metro Quarter Exhibitions by 30 January 2019
The Department of Planning and Environment has placed proposals for the Waterloo Metro Quarter State Significant Precinct (SSP) and a Concept DA on Exhibitions concurrently until 30th January 2019.
Mission Australia to replace TPRS and HCP Statewide in new TPCE
On 31 October 2018, FACS announced that Mission Australia had won the tender to provide the replacement service for the long standing TPRS and place based HCP programs. Mission Australia will run the new Tenant Participation and Community Engagement (TPCE) across the entire state from December 3 2018 after the existing TPRS and HCP programs end.
Strong market interest in Elizabeth Street mixed build-to-rent development
The NSW Government has announced the conclusion of the competitive tender process to find a development partner to deliver mixed social, affordable and private housing in Elizabeth Street, Redfern under the nation's first mixed tenure Build-to-Rent model. Below is the text of the media release issued by Minister Goward.
Waterloo Options Testing & Feedback extended until Monday 19 November 2018
Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have advised that they will extend all feedback on Waterloo Options testing until 19 November. This includes feedback via the surveys both on-line and return of hard copies of the surveys. LAHC will also continue with informal drop-ins session through Waterloo Connect for members of the community that wish to still go through information on the options at the Waterloo Connect Office. LAHC will communicate this to the community through the C+ website and outreach notifications which we are continuing to still undertake around the estate.
Sign the petition to restore support for Redfern & Waterloo tenant services following HCP and TPRS defunding
REDWatch is very concerned about the loss of services for Redfern and Waterloo public tenants that will happen with the ending of the Tenant Resource Participation Service (TPRS) and the Redfern Waterloo based Housing Communities Program (HCP). We have organised a petition to bring attention to the problem and to seek a response from FACS.
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