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Construction imminent: Redfern's new community health centre

Construction is about to begin on the community health centre at the former Redfern police station and courthouse site. Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) general manager, Petar Vladeta said the community health centre has now been approved by the Department of Planning. “I understand that a builder has been appointed and that construction will commence shortly,” he said reports Dheepthi Namasivayam in City News on 3rd October 2008.

The $8 million centre is part of a huge upgrade of the Redfern-Waterloo site.

Mr Vladeta said the RWA’s role in the project is mainly concerned with the sale of the former Rachel Forster site. The proceeds from the sell-off will be used in the new community health centre. Supervising the construction process will be the Department of Planning’s responsibility, he said.

Another major redevelopment project in the precinct is the proposed North Eveleigh pedestrian bridge. Mr Vladeta told The City News that this project has been the “subject of a concept plan application.”

“It has just been on exhibition and is now with the Department of Planning for deliberation,” he added.

But Redfern resident Nicola Mansfield said she is increasingly frustrated with the lack of community consultation about the redevelopment projects.

“I can’t tell you anything about the community health centre because I don’t know – they haven’t told us anything,” she said.

She also said visitors at the National Indigenous Development Centre (NIDC) car park on the eastern end of Cope Street could see directly into the bedrooms of nearby residents.

“We want to know the exact height of that back fence,” she said, adding that nearby residents are “massively affected”.

Mc Mansfield said residents near the NIDC have had great difficulties in being involved in the planning of the site.

However, Mr Vladeta said that community involvement is part of the RWA’s protocol.

“There has been a good amount of community consultation,”  he said.