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City lodges application for Redfern Park

Following Council’s commitment of $19 million to upgrade Redfern Park the City of Sydney has today lodged a Development Application (DA) to remove the dilapidated grandstand and associated structures, which have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Following Council’s commitment of $19 million to upgrade Redfern Park the City of Sydney A separate DA will be lodged at a later stage for the Redfern Park upgrade to provide green open space and new recreational and sporting facilities in the park.

The current application follows a Council resolution in November 2005 to develop a Concept Masterplan to provide increased open space for the general community and high quality sporting and training facilities for junior and senior sports and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The application will follow the normal assessment process before being referred to a Council meeting for determination.

Council is the consent authority for the development application under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979, however, to ensure that the assessment process is transparent and independent, the application will be assessed by an independent planning expert.

Local residents will receive a notification in the mail regarding the application and it will go on public exhibition for 28 days to enable community feedback. The application can be viewed on the City’s website (, at the Redfern Neighbourhood Service Centre or the One Stop Shop at Town Hall House. The assessment of the application will include consideration of all written submissions.

The development application includes a heritage impact statement which has concluded that the proposed works will not significantly adversely affect the heritage significance of the Park.

The application also includes a draft traffic management plan that aims to minimise the impacts for truck movements removing materials from the site. All material will be stockpiled within the site rather than on footpaths and work be undertaken in accordance with standard construction hours for the area.

[Taken from City of Sydney Media Release dated 2 February 2006]