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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.
Safety Considerations in Waterloo South Planning Proposal
The following analysis has been provided by a safety consultant to help people to help people understand the safety and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) issues raised by the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. IMPORTANT UPDATE - DPE advised the Waterloo Redevelopment Group on 20 April 2022 that they were commissioning a CPTED study on the proposal as part of their assessment.
Make a Waterloo South Submission by 29 April 2022
Members of the Community are encouraged to make a submission on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. In doing so it is important that they respond to what is actually on exhibition rather than to the lower density proposal indicated by the support material circulated as part of the exhibition.
REDWatch Update on Waterloo South Issues - 7 April 2022
This REDWatch Update was part of a REDWatch email circulated prior to the REDWatch meeting on 7 April 2022. It sets out REDWatch's concerns about the Waterloo Planning Proposal on exhibition at that date.
REDWatch on Council's Draft Waterloo South Submission
REDWatch wrote to Councillors of the City of Sydney regarding the draft submission being considered by Council Committee on 4 April 2022. Prior to this being considered by the Council meeting of 11 April 2022, council officers responded to the issues raised. REDWatch responded again to Councillors on 11 April. As a result of this correspondence and discussions between Councillors, Council passed an improved Waterloo South motion moved by the Lord Mayor and seconded by Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore. Below is the text of the original email posted on 4 April, with council officer’s response (in italics) and REDWatch’s reply now inserted (bold italics) as well as the Council Resolution outcome. Hopefully this information will help inform people’s submissions on this project. We have broken the correspondence up by issues for ease of reference.
Draft Council Submission: Waterloo South proposal is 10% bigger and this is not being disclosed
The City of Sydney Council have produced a Draft submission on the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. The draft is on the Council website among papers to go to the Transport, Heritage, Environment and Planning Committee on Monday 4 April 2022. It would then be dealt with at the Central Sydney Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 7 April and the Council meeting on 11 April 2022.
Unpacking Housing Mix in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal
The housing mix materials for the consultation (website, information boards and brochure) explain housing mix based on the number of units or front doors prior to any of the possible 10% floorspace increase from design excellence. The planning proposal itself provides figures by both housing units and the proportion of residential gross floor area prior to uplift. As the average unit sizes of public and affordable housing is smaller than the private housing the proportion of the floor space allocated to social and affordable housing are lower percentages. Here REDWatch unpacks the housing mix figures.
Building heights in the Waterloo South Planning Proposal
Height of buildings is basic to understanding a planning proposal. This planning proposal makes understanding height difficult by dealing with it in a number of ways. Also height maps in the documents do not always agree. Here REDWatch unpacks the Height of buildings in the Waterloo South planning proposal.
Updated Consultation on Waterloo South Planning Proposal
Below are the consultation and capacity building details for the Waterloo South Planning Proposal. We will update this as more information comes to hand.
REDWatch Guide to Waterloo South Study planning proposal documents
The Waterloo South planning proposal documents are complex because they contain documents relating to the original LAHC proposal, Council’s proposal, the Gateway determination and then the subsequent additional studies produced by the Planning Proposal Authority that was not Council. They are also complex because the Planning Proposal does not contain all the necessary information in one place and finding the correct information is not straightforward. This document tries to provide guidance through these documents so the reader can find the information they are looking for as easily as possible.
Land Use Zones Proposed for Waterloo South
The Waterloo South planning proposal proposes changing land uses the existing residential R1 and 2b zones to RE1, and business zones B2 and B4 for the area. The B4 zone is mitigated by applying in the LEP a Restricted Retail Development over this area which limits shops to 1,000 square metres. The LEP also incudes an active street frontage map where uses that will activate the public domain are required. Below we have provided the LEP Zone definitions from the Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 that would apply to the site. The definitions set out the objectives of each zone, what is permitted with and without consent and what is prohibited. While the planning proposal sets out proposed uses, the land use zones set out what a land owner or developer may also be able to do on that land which may be quite different. We have also supplied the Restricted Retail Development and Active Street frontages map for completeness.
Public to have say on future of Waterloo Estate - Media Release
This is the text of the media release from Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts regarding the Waterloo Estate (South) public exhibition on 3 March 2022.
LAHC profit on 600 Elizabeth Street Redfern to fund social housing across the state at cost of affordable housing
The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) have now finalised the planning controls for the 600-660 Elizabeth redevelopment. Council has been unsuccessful in forcing its recommended 7.5% affordable housing on the site in addition to the 30% social housing proposed by LAHC. The approved planning controls are for a minimum of 30% affordable housing (which includes social housing).
Understanding the NSW Ministerial and Departmental reshuffle of 19 December 2021
The December 2021 reshuffle of the NSW Perrottet Government has seen also a realignment of some parts of Government as well as changes in the responsible Ministers. Here we have collected information to make it easier for people to find which minister has responsibility for what.
Redfern PCYC site work throws up interesting financial questions
REDWatch spokesperson, Geoff Turnbull in the 1 December REDWatch email reflects on the Council and Central Sydney Planning Committee's consideration of the Elizabeth Street / PCYC rezoning application as it relates to financial feasibility and Aboriginal Affordable housing.
Build a Bridge Campaign
REDWatch, Friends of Erskineville (FOE) and the Alexandria Resident Action Group (ARAG) have launched a campaign to build a bridge across the railway corridor between Carriageworks and South Eveleigh.
Draft Waterloo Human Services Plan out for comment
A draft Waterloo Human Services Action plan had released for consultation. The draft plan is being sent to agencies with an interest in Waterloo service delivery and it is also being made available within organisations.
NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) cancels Build to Rent for PCYC / Elizabeth Street Redfern
The media release below was issued by the Department of Planning Industry Environment, of which LAHC is a part, on 27 October 2021. LAHC have cancelled the Build to Rent (BTR) proposal saying that the planning proposals being considered by Council will impact the ability to deliver the BTR proposal. LAHC has issued a new EOI process for their standard Build to Sell model for this site that will deliver about a third social housing. Acording to a tender site the new EOI closes on the 14 December 2021.
REDWatch Co-ordination Group Report for 2020-2021
Questions & Answers from Botany Road REDWatch meeting
At the REDWatch briefing on the Botany Road Corridor a couple of questions were asked that Council said they would respond to after the meeting. These two questions and the answers are below concerning the impact on rates and strata compulsory sale.
Council Planning Proposal for Botany Road Precinct
On Monday 26 July 2021, Council unanimously accepted the planning proposal for the Botany Road Precinct. The proposal now goes to the Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) for their assessment and approval to go on exhibition. Public exhibition is expected late 2021 or in 2022. While there may be changes made during the DPIE assessment, the Council proposal and its supporting studies provide valuable background to the area and what emerged from Councils, urban design studies and consultation. This material will be the underlying basis for the proposal when it goes on public exhibition.
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