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Premier to retain direct control over Redfern Waterloo

Premier Kristina Keneally will retain her portfolio over the Redfern Waterloo area as it is ``close to her heart’’ the new Premier told Central reports Kim Shaw in Central on 8 December 2009.
Premier to retain direct control over Redfern Waterloo

Kristina Keneally meets constituents at her electorate office earlier this year

In her first interview with the local press, Ms Keneally said the revitalisation of Redfern Waterloo was a key priority.

She also said the much-needed upgrade of Redfern station was contingent on land sales from the North Eveleigh development project, a project which has not yet got off the ground.

``We are preparing for the sale of North Eveleigh at the moment,’’ Ms Keneally said.

The Premier made no commitment to subsiding fares on the privately-owned Airport rail link for local stations.

``We need smarter solutions that don’t involve exposing us to risk,’’ Ms Keneally said.

She stopped short of committing to light rail to Green Square in the short term but honoured Sydney Council’s vision for Green Square as a cluster of residential and retail uses, aimed to reduce car reliance.

``Green Square is meant to be a vibrant mixed centre with employment, retail and residential - the idea that people can work live and shop in the same area,’’ Ms Keneally said.

``Sydney Council is working with Landcom. It will be an exciting place and will be a place where we cluster residential, retail and commercial around transport services.’’

``There is a green loop provided for in the Green Square master plan. It will be a case of supplying the transport infrastructure where it is needed, when it is needed.

``Look at the Metro 20 bus which we started a month ago; it runs from Mascot through South Sydney where new residents are moving in and takes them into the city. It adds to
existing transport; the 343, 310 and 309.

``With our transport blueprint we will look at growth of transport across Sydney, sustaining and growing an ageing population and we will look at ways to support new transport in Sydney,’’ Ms Keneally said.