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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.

"We have an increasing number of grad students," the acting pro vice-chancellor said, pointing to those students with young families looking for cheaper housing.

"North Eveleigh is tailor-made for that kind of accommodation," he said.

Strengthening ties with the surrounding community by redeveloping the university's four main precincts is also high on the agenda.

The proposal includes new sporting facilities at the Square, and a plan to reduce the number of vehicles on campus.

At the recent North Eveleigh Forum, the university revealed it had already hired consultants to study traffic impact.

"We're looking at cleaning up Parramatta Road," Professor Jeremy said.

"Things like galleries and museums, we can take that further."

Professor Jeremy said the RWA proposal for high-rise apartments and office towers was "fairly conservative".

“The RWA plan is highly palatable for taking to market. But we don't need to make a profit in five years.

"Universities aren't high-rise places. For us, the de facto height limit is the top of Fisher Library."

The acting pro vice-chancellor was on hand at last week's information session where members of the community were given an opportunity to find out more about the draft proposal.

"Getting that awareness has been critical," he said.

Source: City News