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The University of Sydney abuts the suburb of Darlington. Over the years the University has been buying up the area and consolidating their land holdings. As an example the current Darlington Primary School was built to replace the old Darlington school which was taken over by the University. With proposals in late 2007 to consolidate the University's Abercrombie Street precinct the school will again be surrounded on two sides by the University campus.
The University of Sydney Reconciliation Statement
The following Statement was launched on 1 June 2006 by Professor Gavin Brown at Sydney University following Welcome to Country by Gadigal Elder Mr Charles Madden. Mr Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edm8und Rice Centre and President of ANTAR provided an address on reconciliation followed by a performance by children from Erskinville Aboriginal Dance group lead by Terry Olsen.
Major Project Application - Abercrombie Street Precinct, University of Sydney (MP 07_0158)
A Major Project Application has been lodged with the Department of Planning for the Abercrombie Street Precinct of the University of Sydney (MP 07_0158). The details of the Department of Planning listing is given below.
File Sydney Uni Retail Opportunities EOI
This is the leaflet distributed in June 2008 calling for Expressions of Interest from businesses in food, bars, supermarkets, book stores cafes, restaurants etc to become part of Sydney Uni's new Sydney Central. The University describe the building as "Sydney Central building (yet to be formally named) will create a mini city-centre for the Darlington and Camperdown campuses offering vibrant public spaces and retail areas". File is 1 MB PDF Scan.
Sydney University Campus 2020 Master Plan - Consultation until 30 June 2009
Sydney University is preparing a Master Plan for its future expansion. Below we have provided links to various documents and information available about the University's plans.
Battle Stations for North Eveleigh
This article writen by Sunanda Creagh in the Sydney Morning Herald of August 2, 2008 about the broader issues of North Eveleigh also covers the University's plans for North Eveleigh and provides a report from the Community Forum about their dealings with Darlington historically.
North Eveleigh campus could mean homes for cash-strapped students
Students would have a better chance of finding an affordable home if Sydney University’s North Eveleigh campus becomes a reality reports Andrew Newman in City news of 3rd August 2008..
File USyd Draft Campus 2020 Masterplan Community Fact Sheet 1 - August 2008
This is a copy of the fact sheet handed out at Sydney University's Campus 2020 Consultation about the University's Draft 2020 Masterplan on which they are seeking community feedback on the Feedback form by 30 September 2008. There will also be a feedback option on the USyd website on 2020 when it goes live in early September 2008. File is PDF 1.8MB.
File USyd Feedback Form on Draft Campus 2020 Masterplan
This is the feedback form from the Sydney University's Draft 2020 Masterplan exhibition for residents on 23rd August 2008. The University is looking for feedback about the relationship between the University and the communities that surround it as well as for feedback on the 2020 Masterplan and how its impact on the surrounding communities might be best managed. Responses are requested by 30th September 2008. File is MS Word 59KB.
University promises more beds and fewer cars
Professor Richmond Jeremy says the University of Sydney's master plan for North Eveleigh would see student accommodation rise from 2000 to 5000 beds reports Alex McDonald in City News of 24th August 2008.
Sydney Uni turns hit on investments into cuts
THE University of Sydney will cut planned spending after taking a $100 million hit on its investments, highlighting the ripple effect of the credit crisis reports Jacob Saulwick in the Sydney Morning Herald of 18th October 2008.
And they're leaving: Harold Park for sale
THE historic Harold Park track in Glebe, home to harness racing since 1902, will be sold, paving the way for the NSW Harness Racing Club to move its headquarters to south-western Sydney and leaving the huge inner-city site open for development reports John Schell with Alexandra Smith in the Sydney Morning Herald of October 27, 2008.
Diving shares teach uni tough lesson
THE University of Sydney will defer building projects after incurring a $160 million operating loss last year, due largely to the huge hit it took on its investments reports Heath Gilmore the Sydney Morning Heralds Higher Education Reporter on May 21, 2009.
REDWatch Letter Regarding Sydney University & North Eveleigh
The letter below was sent on 24 May 2010 by REDWatch individually to local politicians urging "the state government and Sydney University enter into negotiations to overcome whatever non-financial obstacles exist to the sale of the North Eveleigh site to the University." The letter was sent to Kristina Keneally, Carmel Tebbutt, Ferity Firth, Tanya Plibersek and Clover Moore.
Sydney University's presentation on Abercrombie Precinct - 16 Nov 2010 Nov 16, 2010 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Level 1 Foyer, Services Building, 22 Codrington St, Darlington, 2008,
Come along to an informal information session to hear our plans for the Abercrombie precinct and to tell us what you think. This is the first session in an ongoing discussion. Experts will be on hand to hear your comments and answer your questions. your views are important to us. The site under discussion is bounded by Abercrombie St, Codrington St, Darlington Lane and Darlington School and has Department of Planning Director General's Requirements for development under Part 3A of the EPA.
File Flyer for Sydney Uni Abercrombie Street Presentation - 16 Nov 2010
This is a copy of the USyd flyer distributed for the Abercrombie Precinct Presentation on 16 November 2010.
Resident Questions if Sydney Uni has followed Planning Requirements
A Darlington Resident, who is part of a group of Darlington residents concerned about Sydney Uni’s proposed developments, has written to the Department of Planning arguing that Sydney Uni has not complied with the Department’s consultation requirements for the proposed Abercrombie Street redevelopment. The text of the email below asks the Department to request the University to address the lack of community consultation before allowing the proposal to be formally exhibited. The text of the email is below:
Sydney Uni Abercrombie Street Campus Plans
Sydney University has made available its plans for the new Abercrombie Street Business School on their web site while waiting for the Department of Planning to place the documents on formal exhibitions. Darlington locals are encouraged to become familiar with the proposals as there is expected to be only 4 weeks of formal exhibition. The Exhibition is expected to start soon. Below are links to the documents as circulated by Sydney University on 13 May 2011 as well as some information regarding the Sports and Aquatic Expansion Project.
Angry residents demand change to Sydney Uni ‘mega development’
Sydney University’s plans for a new business school in Darlington are under threat after angry residents issued a host of demands to the institution reports this media release from Residents Acting In Defence of Darlington (RAIDD).
File RAIDD Poster Against Sydney University Business School Development
This is the poster produced on 24th May 2011 by Residents Acting In Defence of Darlington (RAIDD) when the plans for Sydney University's Darlington Campus Business School went on public exhibition.
Template for Letter to Dept of Education re Darlington School Impact
The following Draft has been supplied by RAIDD and parents from Darlington School with the suggestion that parents and friends of the school should send such letters to the Department of Education to encourage action by the Department of Education regarding the redevelopment.
Darlington School & Community Objection to USyd Development
The letter below has been circulated to the community and parents by Nick Vanos Darlington School & Community President on behalf of the Darlington S&C encouraging parents and community members to make a submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Residents fear uni plan will gobble up suburb
RESIDENTS of Darlington are feeling squeezed as the University of Sydney plans to build a massive school and student accommodation on Abercrombie Street reports Josephine Tovey in the Sydney Morning Herald of June 25 2011.
Sydney Uni Abercrombie Street Update - 7 July 2011
Sydney University Director of Campus Infrastructure and Services, Colin Rockliff, issued the following update on Sydney University revising their plans for the Abercrombie Street campus on 7 July 2011. The next meeting to discuss these plans between the University and Residents is 9am 19th July at the University Services building.
Uni ‘tsunami’ a concern, says Council
DARLINGTON: On Monday August 1 the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, and City of Sydney Councillors, Meredith Burgmann, Irene Doutney and John McInerney, visited Darlington at the invitation of local community group, RAIDD (Residents Acting In Darlington’s Defence). They came to see and hear the local residents’ concerns about the proposed developments by the University of Sydney which threaten to overwhelm this small community in the City of Villages reports the September 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
USyd Update on Business college Development
As many will be aware the University of Sydney is planning a new building for our Business School in the Abercrombie Precinct reports the Sydney University VC's add in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Sydney Uni Business School Community Info Session - 30 November Dec 09, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Foyer, Services Building, 22 Codrington Street,
Sydney University is looking to finalise its plans for the Business School on Abercrombie Street but before finalising the revised project brief, the University is looking for community input at a community information session. This session will include an update on the status of our revised plans and give you an opportunity to provide your feedback on the revised project brief, to help ensure we get our future plans right. The text of the letter from the University is below:
Sartor: Keneally discussed plan for North Eveleigh with Sydney Uni
"Keneally devised a plan to 'compensate' Sydney University for its `loss' of the Callan Park opportunity as Planning minister, by offer­ing it the North Eveleigh site in Redfern, which had been prepared for tender." according to Frank Sartor in his 2011 book "The Fog on the Hill - How NSW Labor Lost its Way". The ex-Minister for Redfern Waterloo's comments about North Eveleigh when discussing "The Callan Park Mess" (pp118-123) can be found in the extract below:
University of Sydney statement re Frank Sartor
According to Frank Sartor in his 2011 book "The Fog on the Hill - How NSW Labor Lost its Way"(pp118-123) Kristina Keneally, as Planning Minister, devised a plan to 'compensate' Sydney University for its `loss' of the Callan Park opportunity by offer­ing it the North Eveleigh site in Redfern, which had been prepared for tender. Sartor makes further claims that he was told that Sydney University were only prepared to pay $30m for the site while the site was worth $100m. Sydney University was asked to comment on Sartor's comments for a South Sydney Herald article in 2012 and below is the full text of their media statement of 31 January 2012.
USyd Abercrombie Precinct Development - December 2011 stakeholder briefings Report
In late November and early December 2011 Sydney University held briefings with more than 10 various organisations and stakeholder groups ov er their reworked thinking about the University’s Abercrombie Precinct development. A summary of the key points raised at the briefings and community workshop are provided below. These points have also been forwarded to the project design team, to be considered in the revised project design. The University expects to have a revised concept plan completed by the end of January and will arrange a follow up briefing in early February to present this new plan and get feedback, before it finalised and lodged with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. To assit in understanding some of the comments we have included a photo taken of one of the sketches used at the consultation.
Abercrombie Precinct Development – Community Workshop 6pm Thurs 9 Feb 2012 Feb 10, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Foyer, Services Building, 22 Codrington Street, Darlington,
The University Of Sydney Design Team are close to finalising the revised plans for their Abercrombie Street Business School. They are holding a community information session. This session will include an update on our plans and give you an opportunity to provide your feedback, to help ensure we get this precinct right for the future.
Abercrombie Precinct Development – RAIDD Workshop 9.15am Tues 7 Feb 2012 Feb 08, 2012 from 01:15 AM to 02:30 AM Foyer, Services Building, 22 Codrington Street, Darlington,
The University Of Sydney Design Team are close to finalising the revised plans for their Abercrombie Street Business School. They are holding a series of meetings with different groups. This session is for people conected to the RAIDD residents group. This session will include an update on our plans and give you an opportunity to provide your feedback, to help ensure we get this precinct right for the future. A public session will be held on Thursday 9 Feb at 6pm.
Fog surrounds Sartor and RWA hill
Given all the conflict over The Block you would think Frank Sartor’s book “The Fog on the Hill – How NSW Labor Lost its Way” it is surprising it rates only a passing mention in a section on “The twisted tales of EM Farrelly” reports Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of February 2012.
Abercrombie Precinct Development – Display Eveleigh Markets Sat 11 Feb 2012 Feb 12, 2012 from 12:00 AM to 05:00 AM Foyer, Services Building, 22 Codrington Street, Darlington,
Sydney Uni will be at the Eveleigh Markets on Saturday 11 February between 8am and 1pm for drop in sessions with locals. The University Of Sydney Design Team are close to finalising the revised plans for their Abercrombie Street Business School. This is a great opportunity for you to view the plans and speak with representatives of the project team. If you can't make it to the markets, project information and a model will be on display in the foyer of the University’s Services Building, 22 Codrington Street, from Monday 20 February until Tuesday 20 March. The foyer is accessible between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Image Artist Impression Sydney Uni Business School 2012
Artist Impression Sydney Uni Business School 2012
Uni Vice Chancellor Backflips
Residents of the small inner city suburb of Darlington fear being swamped by 7500 additional people and traffic as the University of Sydney prepares to lodge a Development Application with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for a massive new business school reports this media release from RAIDD on 24 February 2012.
Sydney Uni Explains February Changes to Buisness School Plans
The South Sydney Herald in preparing an article for their March Issue put a number of questions to Sydney University. It was not possible to cover all the material in the paper article so SSH passed the statement to REDWatch so we could make the statement publicly available when the paper was published.
Uni breaks promise
In this letter to the South Sydney Herald of March 2012 Tim Brunero responds to the University of Sydney’s undertaking to move the car park entrance from Abercrombie Street.
Twists and turns in Uni development
DARLINGTON: The Sydney University Business School plans will shortly be submitted to the Department of Planning for re-exhibition. The development is to be built within its Abercrombie Precinct adjacent to Darlington Public School and across Abercrombie Street from a row of residential terraces writes Lyn Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
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.
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.
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.
Sydny Uni's Abercrombie Street Modifications in Response to Exhibition - Until 1 June
Sydney Uni has responded to the 2011 Exhibition with a changed proposal which is now on exhibition. The Project Application is to develop a new educational precinct within the site bounded by Abercrombie Street, Codrington Street, Darlington Street and Golden Grove Street. Currently the Department website provides no details of when the proposal goes off exhibition.
REDWatch Submission on USyd Abercrombie Precinct Redevelopment Application No: MP07_0158
In the submission below on the University of Sydney Abercrombie Precinct Redevelopment, REDWatch raised issues highlighted the deficiencies in the ARUP and Parson Brickerhoff Traffic Studies. In light of these deficiencies we ask the Department to also apply the SKM review findings to this application. We also request the Department to require a TMAP with similar conditions to those applied to North Eveleigh for the Abercrombie Street Development.
Sydney Uni Info Stall on Abercrombie Street Development - 22 Sept Sep 22, 2012 from 10:00 PM to 03:00 AM Eveleigh Markets, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh,
The University of Sydney will host a stall at Eveleigh Market on Saturday 22 September from 8 am to 1 pm, when it invites the local community to find out more about its plans to build a world-class business school facility in Darlington.
File PAC Abercrombie Precinct Determination Report
The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) handed down its determination on the University of Sydney's Abercrombie Street Business School on 16 November 2012. The PAC made a number of changes to the Departments proposed conditions. The PAC has determined that the entrance to the Development is not to be from Abercrombie Street and that the University is to prepare a Darlington Precinct Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Strategy by 30 June 2013 which is to identify works to the value of $2m to be completed prior to the occupation of the Business School. You can download the PAC Determination report from www.pac.nsw.gov.au/Projects/tabid/77/ctl/viewreview/mid/462/pac/253/view/readonly/myctl/rev/Default.aspx File is 44Kb PDF.
File PAC Abercrombie Precinct Approval Conditions
The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) handed down its determination on the University of Sydney's Abercrombie Street Business School on 16 November 2012. The PAC made a number of changes to the Departments proposed conditions. The PAC conditions cover the entrance moving from Abercrombie Street and the conditions for the University is to prepare a Darlington Precinct Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Strategy by 30 June 2013 which is to identify works to the value of $2m to be completed prior to the occupation of the Business School. You can download the PAC Conditions from www.pac.nsw.gov.au/Projects/tabid/77/ctl/viewreview/mid/462/pac/253/view/readonly/myctl/rev/Default.aspx File is 240Kb PDF.
USyd Darlington Pedestrian & Cycle Strategy Consultation - 1 May 2013 May 02, 2013 from 07:30 AM to 09:30 AM Foyer of 22 Codrington St, Darlington,
Two community workshops will be held in May 2013 where participants will be provided with the findings of the consultant's research on the Sydney University's Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Strategy for Darlington. Below are the details from the University's add in the April 2013 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
USyd Darlington Pedestrian & Cycle Strategy Consultation - 4 May 2013 May 04, 2013 from 11:00 PM to 02:00 AM Eveleigh Market, Wilson St, Darlington,
Two community workshops will be held in May 2013 where participants will be provided with the findings of the consultant's research on the Sydney University's Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Strategy for Darlington. Below are the details from the University's add in the April 2013 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
Campus Improvement Program 2014-2020
In January 2014 Sydney University placed its Campus Improvement Plan 2014-2020 on public exhibition. Here we have gathered together information on that proposal and its implimentation.
Community Consultation Meeting - Development of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Building Ross Street gateway to the Camperdown Campus Oct 29, 2015 from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM G12 Services Building 22 Codrington Street, Darlington,
The University of Sydney is planning a new home for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FASS with a building earmarked for the Ross Street gateway to the Camperdown Campus.
Community Consultation Meeting - Development of two new buildings on the Camperdown Campus fronting City Road Dec 09, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM G12 Services Building 22 Codrington Street, Darlington,
The University of Sydney is planning two new buildings on the Camperdown Campus fronting City Road.