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Summer on the Green: All the fun of the fair

The sounds of jazz, hip hop and rhythm and blues will echo around the residential tower blocks of Waterloo public housing estate will take place today as residents from Waterloo, Alexandria, and Redfern and beyond joined with more than thirty community, government and private sector organisations to stage summer on the Green. The event will be use to mark the achievements of the local community and celebrate the Factory community Centres 30 years of service to the Waterloo community reports this media release from the Factory.

“Summer on the Green look to be the biggest community event seen in Sydney’s inner-suburb of Waterloo in years”, long time resident of Waterloo public housing estate Dianne Rodgers said.

“Waterloo is a community with a great community spirit and has a lot to be proud of due to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes by local volunteers and workers this event has been long over due” Said resident Jody Kastrounis.

A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country started the formal events of the day, which included a Seniors picnic, performances by dancers and musicians, a pets fancy dress parade.Entertainment for local kids included egg and spoon races, a Billy Cart Derby, three-legged races, large bouncy Castles and a host of other activities.  

Several organisations including Kids Speak, Redfern Police, the local Multicultural Cooking Group, Aboriginal Home Care and local volunteers will take turns will be keeping the crowd supplied with tea, coffee, BBQ meats and other treats

The afternoon events will be culminated in the official opening of the new Waterloo Green Mosaic by Margaret Maljkovic from the Department of Housing. The Mosaic Mural was designed and produced by the local Community under the artistic direction of Angela Yeend, with the Assistance of Ken Emininoni. The project received financial support from the City of Sydney and the NSW Department of Housing, which was a year long initiative of the Factory Community Centre and the Redfern Waterloo Housing Communities Assistance Program working in partnership with many residents and local community Services.

Musical and other entertainment will round out the day.  Performers include Mexican music impresario Victor Valdes, the AMS Line Dancers, the Salsa Dance Troupe, and various R&B, hip hop and other musical preferences.

“summer on the Green shows what is possible when residents and organisations come together around a common idea” Michael Shreenan HCAP Community Worker said while acknowledging  the event would be possible without the support of  local residents, City of Sydney, Department of Housing, Redfern Waterloo Authority, Department of Age and Disability, Barnardos , FDN, CDPUNSW project along with many others.


Summer on the Green

7 December 2007




·      10am - 11am:    ‘Let the Dog Out’ Dog and owner’s fancy dress parade


·      11am  - 2pm:     Senior’s Picnic


·      Jazz music (Patrick / Tony) Decks (Colin) Swish dudes

·      Aboriginal smoking ceremony and traditional welcome

·      Various info stalls

·      Fun of the fair activities

2pm – 3pm  interval



·      3pm-5PM           Kids Activities


Inflatable assault course

Large inflatable monkey slide

Sack races

3-legged races

Egg and spoon races.

Billy cart race around the high rise building forecourt

Food/Info stalls

Figure of Eight stage production


Official  mosaic opening at 4pm


·      Music, dancers and other performers all day on the sound stage


Contacts:    Michael Shreenan or Melissa Burgess on: 02 9698 9569 

Additional Background Info


What is HCAP?

Housing Communities Assistance Programme (HCAP) has various programs across the state and is managed locally by The Factory Community Centre and is funded by the Department of Housing NSW.  HCAP program locally has an agenda of working with local residents and agencies within a community development framework. We work with various partner agencies from across sectors. The excellent partnership working which is vital for our projects success comes under our Time 2 Act Banner.

So what does the service do locally?

  • We promote community participation
  • Work  with others to improving the quality of life for local residents
  • Provide support and specialist advice to local community groups and help individuals start new ones.
  • Represent  housing tenants views
  • Promote interagency working

The Factory Community Centre

The Factory has various community groups and support services available. This year we are celebrating our 30 years of service to the Waterloo and Redfern community. For more information contact us or just drop in for Cuppa and we will show your round.

For more information contact Mike Shreenan at the Factory Community Centre, Tel: 02 8399 1011

Michael M Shreenan

Housing Communities Assistance Program (HCAP)
Redfern Waterloo Community Development Worker
The Factory Community Centre
67 Raglan St Waterloo 2017
Ph: 8399 1011  Fax: 9310 4141