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New home for the homeless
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, has turned the first sod to ceremoniously begin construction of a new nursing home for homeless older people, in Sydney’s inner city suburb of Redfern reports Stephen Easton on Australian Aging Agenda on 3rd May 2011.
Talent breaks out at Weave, Redfern
WEAVE Arts Centre will be launched at North Eveleigh on May 11 with an inaugural exhibition titled Breakout reports Aimee Scott in Central on 8 May 2011.
Urgent support needed to save The Syron's Keeping Place Collection from seizure and auction - 23 May 2011 Deadline
The Storage at Kennards for the Syron's Keeping Place Collection runs out on 23rd May 2011. If the Syron's can not find somewhere for the collection by then or pay for more storage the Keeping Place collection will be auctioned by Kennards to pay for the storage. An initial period of storage was paid for by the RWA as part of a settlement to move the collection out of the Wilson Street Parcel Shed. Below is a letter from Councillor Irene Doutney who is the spokesperson for the Keeping Place Committee.
REDWatch Joins in Open Letter to NSW Government
REDWatch has joined with a range of other resident groups in issuing an Open Letter to the NSW Government and the City of Sydney requesting the City Plan be placed on hold. The statement follows a range of concerns raised by residents groups about changes forced on the City of Sydney by the previous NSW Government regarding the planning controls to be exhibited. In Redfern and Waterloo this included the removal of the public housing estates from the planning control of the council. At Ashmore Estate a directive to increase heights and densities well above what council studies had shown viable was given without any supporting planning studies to test the densities proposed. The text of the statement is provided below:
People push demands rethink on city development plan
THE Premier, Barry O'Farrell, took office promising to hand planning powers back to the people, and inner Sydney residents are taking him at his word reports Kelsey Munro in the Sydney Morning Herald of 20 May 2011.
Suburbs go from No-go to Boom Towns
THEY were once Sydney's crime capitals, ruled by drug lords and violence. Now the same dangerous suburbs have been named in a national report as the city's hot-property suburbs. Homes in "rough and ready" Maroubra, heroin-capital Cabramatta and no-go zone Redfern are now attracting top dollar reports Vikki Campion in The Daily Telegraph on 10 May, 2011.
Glebe Residents Protest Demolition of Public Housing
The local residents’ action group "Hands off Glebe" held a protest on May 18 to stop the demolition of public housing in Cowper St, Glebe. The 15 buildings on the Cowper St site have the capacity to house 289 people but the former NSW Labor government decided to sell most of the land to private developers, with the remnant being earmarked for new public and so called affordable housing. The newly-elected Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker, joined and addressed the protest. Workers on the site stopped work for the day in support reports Peter Boyle in Green Left Weekly.
SMDA Receives Urban Renewal Brief from Department of Planning
The SMDA has received its brief for both the Redfern and Waterloo and Granville areas under the State Environment Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010. The briefs set out the areas the SMDA is required by the study to investigate and make recommendations upon.
Redfern mourns the death of community activist Trevor Davies
The Redfern community is mourning the death of REDwatch founding member Trevor Davies following his death on Tuesday. Mr Davies will be remembered for founding and editing the South Sydney Herald and for his community activism and commitment to social justice writes Tara Blancato in the City News of 16 June 2011.
Tanya Plibersek on Trevor Davies
The statement below was made by the Federal MP for Sydney Tanya Plibersek in the Parliament of Australia House of Representatives on 16 June 2011 about Trevor Davies following his death on 14th June 2011.
Frasers Property Australia announces joint venture at Central Park
Sekisui House Australia Holdings Pty Limited and Frasers Property Australia enter into joint venture agreements to jointly develop $2billion Central Park development reports this media release from the parties on 7 July 2011.
Loved leader defended dispossessed
Sister Marnie Kennedy was a nun and an educator, counsellor, activist, spiritual leader and defender of the rights of the dispossessed and marginalised. She was greatly valued and dearly loved for her warmth, grace, wisdom, generosity of spirit and capacity for love reports this obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald of 1 July 2011.
NCIE wins Urban Design Award
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence at inner city Redfern by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer was awarded the top honour for recent urban design projects, the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, as well as a commendation for public architecture.
Yaama Dhiyaan in Slow Food
They’re preparing kangaroo pies in the sunny kitchen at Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training College when I first visit Aunty Beryl Van Oploo. It’s a warm November day and spring is in full swing in Sydney, Australia. Outside in the street, the jacaranda trees are flaunting their opulent lilac blossoms and raucous cockatoos screech overhead. Aunty Beryl’s training college for young Indigenous women and men is situated in a luminous, glass-walled industrial building beside the recently converted train carriage works in the Redfern sector of the city. Next to it is the warehouse that now hosts the weekly Eveleigh farmer’s market, one of Sydney’s most vibrant community markets. The carriage works have been turned into an arts centre, with a stylish café and theatre reports Slow Food.
Big Day for Pizza Deliveries
Rebelling against the seasonally inappropriate snowmen and reindeers that festoon Australian houses at Christmas, Norrie May-Welby opted for a simple, but meaningful, decoration. The word ‘‘love’’ has lit up this Redfern street for years, and not just at Christmas. It inspired fellow residents of Caroline Street to hang lights outside their houses reports the Sydney Morning Herald of 23 June 2011.
Future of major Aboriginal Art collection in danger
Aboriginal activists and artists gathered at Chapel by the Sea last Saturday to save one of Australia’s major Aboriginal art collections. The future of Gordon Syron’s famous collection is in danger of being split up and scattered unless enough money and space can be found to maintain it reports Nicholas Jordan in Bondi View of 14 July 2011.
Pine's Estate celebrates Peter Norman Day - 9 Oct 2011
A year on from saving our homes, The Pines Estate and the Three Proud People Mural, we are here to recognise and remember, the man, the Olympian, Peter Norman reports this statement from Save Leamington Avenue.
Crime in Redfern a result of outsiders not locals
Redfern has a bad reputation for crime but residents are not the ones committing them; it’s their friends reports Una Butorac in City News on 22 September 2011.
Revitalisation of Abercrombie Street
The City of Sydney plans to transform Abercrombie Street, Darlington, into a safe and inviting public area and they are doing a short consulation until 31 October 2011 including a session with the Plans at Tripod on Wednesday 26 October between 4 - 7pm. The details including the links to the proposal are below.
Preschools fee rise to hurt families - including Darlington
PRINCIPALS of the state's 100 public preschools predict a mass exodus of children next year due to government plans to increase fees by up to $40 a day reports this article in the Sunday Telegraph of 23 October 2011 by Laura Speranza.
Engaging the wheels of change
REDFERN: The appointment in February of new CEO, Lisa Havilah, marks a new phase in the evolution of CarriageWorks. Ms Havilah aims to develop her arts programs not just in response to the history and the unique location of CarriageWorks, but also in response to the drivers of community needs and interests reports Libby Hogan in the September 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
From Sky to Shining
DARLINGTON: Darlington Indigenous Dance Ensemble, from Darlington Public School, is proving to play a vital role in strengthening the bond between Indigenous kids and their elders. The dancing ensemble has been active in the school for many years, with the aim of retaining and performing the traditional dances of Indigenous peoples. The 18 students, between the ages of 7 and 12, perform traditional and modern dances from all over New South Wales. The kids are also encouraged to connect with their family roots through stories, which are presented through dance Reports Malcolm Weihao Luo in the October 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Urbanest student housing
It looks like the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) might not be the only supplier of commercial student accommodation to the west of Redfern Station. Student accommodation company Urbanest, which recently completed student accommodation in Quay Street Ultimo, is lining up for a new development at 157 Cleveland Street reports the October 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Waterloo Community Centre update
WATERLOO: The newly refurbished Waterloo Community Centre located at the corner of Cope and Phillip streets, reopened in August with a fresh initiative for providing local residents with a coordinated range of activities, programs and referral services. The Centre is open between Monday and Friday each week Reports Reece Meredith in the October 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Investing in children’s education
REDFERN: The NSW government delivered a $5,000 educational funding boost to Poet’s Corner Preschool, as part of targeted investment in the preschool education of Aboriginal children and children from low socioeconomic backgrounds Reports Malcolm Weihao Luo in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Her Excellency’s adventure
DARLINGTON: On Monday September 19, The Settlement Neighbourhood Centre in Darlington was lucky to have a visit from the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Marie Bashir reports Michele Goodman in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
New digs for The Big Issue
REDFERN: The NSW office of The Big Issue will be moving into new premises in Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern, on November 7 reports Reece Meredith in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Tenants set sites on home
WATERLOO: Persistent public housing tenants in NSW learn fast the ins and outs of bureaucracy when trying to resolve problems in their living situations. One resident of Waterloo and public housing tenant has creatively sought a way to assist others who would like to move from their current location Reports Kate Williamson in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Marg Barry Lecture – with photos
This year the Inner SydneyRegional Council for Social Development’s annual Marg Barry Memorial Lecture was held at Redfern Town Hall in conjunction with an open evening event where a series of photos from its archives was on display reports Ross Smith in the November 2011 issues of the South Sydney Herald.
Redfern Now to create over 250 jobs and support Indigenous employment
The groundbreaking ABC TV series, REDERN NOW (working title), the first contemporary drama series produced by Indigenous Australians, will create over 250 job opportunities and make a vibrant and exciting contribution to the Australian television industry reports this media release from the ABC on 7 November 2011.
Council - Affordable & Social Housing Targets
Councils targets under Sustainable Sydney 2030 for 7.5 per cent of all housing in the City to be social housing and 7.5 per cent to be affordable housing. To meet our target almost 8,000 affordable housing and 650 social housing dwellings need to be built in the City by 2030 reports Clover's Clover's eNews - Friday 11 November - No 572. It is REDWatch's view that for council's social housing (includes public housing) targets to be met it would be important that there was no loss of public housing from BEP2 and that consideration should be made of placing extra public housing in ant redevelopment of Housing NSW lands in Redfern & Waterloo.
Property Industry builds for Sydney youth
The Property Industry Foundation (PIF) has begun refurbishing PIF House, a new inner-city facility which will provide housing and support for Sydney’s disadvantaged youth reports Architecture and Design on 21 November 2011.
Plans afoot for new housing agency
THE NSW government is poised to create an agency to help overcome Sydney's record low levels of home building with a possible merger of two bodies [The SMDA & Landcom] reports Matthew Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald of 21 November 2011.
From boys to men - putting troubled youths back on the right road
THERE were young men in Redfern on Wednesday, boys, really, and by the time they were finished they had enough to think about for any young man. For boys, too writes Paul Kent in The Daily Telegraph of 5 November 2011.
ATP Parking saga extends
Alexandria residents are infuriated by another episode in the ATP parking saga which has left them with no imminent resolution writes Nicholas Jordan in City News of 24 November 2011
Sydney Uni and Sydney Festival
Summer in Sydney and our thoughts turn to holidays, entertainment and new experiences. Once again the University is proud to be a leadership partner with the Sydney Festival, helping to open eyes, ignite debate and stimulate your senses writes Michael Spence in the Sydney University advertisement in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
Sydney Festival- The Redfern focus
On November 9, in many homes (and offices), eager punters were at their computers counting down the minutes to 9am to secure tickets online for the 36th Sydney Festival reports Sandra Beeston in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
Good neighbourhood vibes
Two recent events organised by the Waterloo & Redfern Events Working Group and partner agencies (including The Factory Community Centre) were well attended and highly successful. I (Heart) Redfern Neighbourhood Day was held at the Poet’s Corner Shops on Morehead Street on November 18, and Summer on the Green in Waterloo was held on December 2 reports Reece Meredith in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
‘Real life’ lessons make a difference
REDFERN: The Big Issue, which next year celebrates 15 years of service and social enterprise in Sydney, is now well ensconced in Little Eveleigh Street. Staff member, Melissa Brooks, NSW Coordinator of The Big Issue Classroom project, has been busy preparing and facilitating interactive workshops on homelessness in various primary and secondary schools reports Andrew Collis in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald .
Australia’s first low-carbon community
City of Sydney Council has launched the Green Square project, with Lord Mayor Clover Moore announcing the $8 billion development as “bigger than Barangaroo” and the largest urban development in Australia reports Anna Christie in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
Abercrombie Street upgrade
DARLINGTON: Council was pleasantly surprised when a snap consultation at Tripod Café on Abercrombie Street produced 100 locals contributing their comments on Council’s draft plans. Lord Mayor Clover Moore also turned up and standing up a few stairs had a community discussion reminiscent of an old-style town hall meeting reports Geoff Turnbull in the December 2011 issue of The South Sydney Herald.
Addicts aren't necessarily bad mothers, study finds
A recent study found women who attended methadone programs in the Redfern-Waterloo area were much more likely to have had children removed after notification to the local Community Services office than were women in other parts of Sydney - 50 per cent compared with 29 per cent. The researcher said that the disparity should be investigated, given the women did not appear to differ in any important characteristics. The details of the study that turned up this finding can be found in the article below from the Sydney Morning Herald of 5 December 2011.
Community to Have Say on Aboriginal Affairs Policy - Redfern 24 Jan 2012
On December 14 2011 Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello MP opened community consultation for the development of a new Aboriginal affairs strategy for NSW. To help the public get involved in developing the strategy, Community Discussion Papers on service delivery, education and employment have been released, as has a schedule of public community meetings across NSW reports this Ministerial media release.
Stolen banner trumps Christmas Banner Competition
The Eveleigh Farmer’s Market was alive with festive cheer and celebration on Saturday, 10 December 2011 with ‘Life for Koori Kids’ winning the top prize for their vibrant and creative entry in the Market’s annual Christmas Banner Competition reports this media release from ATP & Eveleigh Markets on 15 December 2011.
End of RWA
The Redfern Waterloo Authority has finished. Gone are the community grants and the Ministerial Advisory Committees reports Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of February 2012.
Council Redefines Villages Groups
Council has redrawn its village boundaries for community forums and delivery of community services in line with the City’s 2030 strategy reports Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of February 2012.
SMDA Area Exhibitions
Some planning protection will come to the Large Erecting Shop with the welcome withdrawal of the BEP zoning for a 4 – 12 storey building and the reinstatement of controls at its existing height. The site returns to permitting rail infrastructure facilities and information and education facilities consistent with RailCorp’s decision to use the site for rail heritage purposes and is on exhibition until February 15 reports Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of February 2012.
Trendy Redfern - but for whom?
With the announcement of the Aldi discount store chain wanting to open in Danks Street area fear spread that it might not receive planning approval. Local resident activists, community groups and community centres advocates went out of their way to ensure that the local support for the store was heard. The store, due to open soon, received support for its application in forms of letters and strong petition of 800 plus local residents. But what was all the fuss about? asks Michael Shreenan in the February 2011 issue of the Soluth Sydney Herald.
Shane Phillips in top 100
REDFERN: According to the Sydney Morning Herald’s (Sydney) magazine, Shane Phillips of the Tribal Warrior Association is one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people writes Liesa Clague in the February 2012 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
Glebe public housing plan comes under fire and before planning committee
CENTRAL Sydney planning committee will tomorrow consider plans by the state government for housing in Cowper St, Glebe. The public housing estate at Cowper and Elger Sts was demolished earlier this year but more than 50 per cent of the new dwellings planned will be privately owned reports James Groman in Central of 8 February 2012.
Cafe lifestyle descends on Redfern as corporate home office sells for $2.25 million
One of the largest retail/residential properties on Redfern Street, Redfern has been sold for $2.25 million through Ben Forsyth at McGrath Estate Agents reports Jonathan Chancellor on 6 February 2012 in Property Observer.
Heritage triumphs in Redfern battle
IT IS A quiet street, edged by trees and terraces. But for the past two years it has been the site of a bitter battle between residents and developers over a planned block of flats reports Alicia Wood in the Sydney Morning Herald of 5 February 2012.
Shutters to come down on Redfern's rough reputation
REDFERN'S rows of shutter doors, which when closed leave the main shopping strip appearing deserted and unsafe, could soon be rolled up permanently reports Alexandra Back in the Sydney Morning Herald of 31 December 2011.
Small step to a distant past
Lance Richardson pulls on his walking shoes to visit sites that uncover and celebrate the city's indigenous history reports The Sydney Morning Herald 18 February 2012.
REDWatch Project Local Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to REDWatch, the community group which has won our $2500 Project Local grant to help disseminate community information and hold local forums reports Central Magazine on 14 December 2011.
Governor-General lends voice to charity
DARLINGTON: On Thursday February 2 the Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC CVO, visited the Shepherd Centre in Abercrombie Street to learn more about vital services and programs offered, and to celebrate the recent positive outcomes achieved by the Centre’s 2011 graduates writes Andrew Collis in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
Gentle exercise for body and mind
REDFERN: Every Wednesday for just over a year there has been a free Tai Chi class behind the café in Redfern Park. The class is offered by SHARE Learn for Life in partnership with the City of Sydney and NSW Health writes Liesa Clague in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
Foley
Foley - Ilbijerri Theatre Company Festival of Sydney Sydney Opera House Performed by Gary Foley Directed by Rachel Maza review by Jabe Barton.
Valé Kim Walker (Carol Pein) – advocate, teacher and friend
On February 6, over 250 people packed into the upper room at Redfern Town Hall to celebrate the life of Kim Walker, also known as Carol Pein, and shed tears at her passing at the age of 48. Many people in the audience came in wheelchairs and several came with guide dogs because Kim was a powerful advocate for the rights of people with all types of disability, not only for people living with an intellectual disability like herself writes Julie McCrossin in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
All about money and greed
In this letter to the South Sydney Herald of March 2012 Sue Fraser Fraser responded to Michael Shreenan’s article about Redfern becoming the next Paddington.
Needle dispensary in public interest?
REDFERN: An Automatic Dispensing Machine (ADM) for syringes will soon be installed on Redfern Street outside the Redfern Community Health Centre writes Justine McNamara in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
Ambassadors for dignity and grace
“Live life!” is the maxim of the 2012 NSW Seniors’ Week (March 18-25), an event organised by Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) writes Sandra Beeston in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012 .
Ashmore redevelopment lacks planning, say residents
ERSKINEVILLE: On February 22, Erskineville and Alexandria residents filled Erskineville Town Hall to capacity to express their views on the proposed Ashmore Estate redevelopment before local and state government members. Convened by the Friends Of Erskineville (FOE) residents’ association, the meeting addressed deep concerns among locals about the project writes Kate Texilake in the South Sydney Herald of March 2012.
High-rise decision brought back to earth
The NSW government has reversed a decision by the former Labor government to allow residential towers up to 19-storeys on one of the largest industrial sites in Sydney's inner west reports Matthew Moore in the Sydney Morning Herald of 15 March 2012.
Red Sox knock it out of the park!
Two years ago Gary Fishburn established an Indigenous baseball club in the Redfern area. He wanted to introduce mostly Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous children to the game of baseball. “I saw how the establishment of a baseball club in the inner city would encourage team spirit and build self confidence” reports Shelly Zahra in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Become a Sydney local in a day
Two men sit casually sharing a conversation, enjoying a clear summer night. A lighting display burns the word “Redfern” on the balcony above. A stranger driving past pulls over and sees it as a perfect Kodak moment to document “Redfern inhabitants”. She takes the photo and continues on. If she’d returned the next night she might have found the same men in the same place – with one difference. If she had spent the time to learn about the people, who they were and what Redfern was about, she may have taken a slightly different photo reports Libby Hogan in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Harmony of cultures, seniors in harmony
With NSW Seniors Week (March 18-25) and Harmony Day (March 21) falling in the same week, South Sydney Community Aid decided to combine the two celebrations and host Seniors in Harmony on March 20. The Seniors Week slogan is “Live Life!” and this year’s theme for Harmony Day was “Sport – Play, Engage, Inspire” which recognises the important role and positive influence that sport has in our multicultural nation reports Laura Kelly in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
High demand for student housing
With the number of international students on the rise, and university prices on a steep incline, the demand for affordable student housing is at an all-time high reports Anna Clark in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Gamarada’s peaceful warriors
REDFERN: On the night of Friday March 23, an intimate film screening and forum was held at the NCIE (National Centre of Indigenous Excellence). The free event was organised by the Gamarada Aboriginal men’s group, a Redfern-based association of volunteers committed to “Indigenous healing” and life skills programs for men and youth reports Andrew Collis in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Ashmore Estate update
On March 12, Council passed the draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) but voted to defer the Goodman site at 57 Ashmore Street and 165-175 Mitchell Road from it, on the grounds that the controls for the area warrant further consideration and/or public consultation. This means the City’s draft LEP that will now proceed to the State Government for approval excludes the Goodman site in the Ashmore precinct reports Kate Texilake in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald
Farewell, Marcelle
Independent Councillor Marcelle Hoff has resigned due to health reasons, effective March 22 reports the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Community health?
Two Readers, Ross Smith and Geoff Turnbull responded to the March SSH article “Needle dispensary in public interest?” in the April 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald
Centre manager says honeymoon is over
REDFERN: After five months in the job, Julia Medley, the current manager of Redfern Community Centre, freely admits the honeymoon period is over reports Jane Barton in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Valé Liz Ramage (1930–2012)
Liz Ramage was ahead of her time. With others, she built the South Sydney community. As a young woman, she was part of a disparate group of church-people who formed the South Sydney United Parish – ahead of the Australia‑wide Uniting Church. The group also worked for the founding of South Sydney Community Aid. In this way, South Sydney was established as a community, rather than a disparate collection of villages, which it was, and to which it is, maybe, now returning reports Barrie McMahon in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
City’s ancient footsteps
The National Trust Heritage Awards for 2012 to honour the achievements of heritage professionals were announced on Monday April 23. There were 18 entries in the Education, Interpretation and Community Engagement category. The City of Sydney’s self-guided walking tours booklet, Barani/ Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow), was one of four entries that were highly commended reports Lyn Turnbull & William Rivera in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Positive relations between police and community
REDFERN: This month marks a special milestone for the life work of community member, Lesley Townsend – 15 years as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with Redfern Police. On April 19, Lesley Townsend spoke with the SSH and reflected on the ground gained in developing a stronger community in the Redfern/ Waterloo area reports Kate Williamson in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Help ALP Choose
ALP state conference will not pick its next Sydney Lord Mayoral candidate. All households in the Local Government Area will receive a postal ballot in May allowing residents to vote on the ALP candidate reports Geoff Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Talking traffic and transport blues
ALEXANDRIA: Public transport and parking issues took the spotlight at the Alexandria Traffic Forum this month, as residents voiced their concerns over the area’s transport problems. The forum was attended by members of the Council, Sydney Buses, the NSW Department of Transport, transport consultants, and the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) reports Charles Turnbull in the May 2012 edition of The South Sydney Herald.
Planning Minister wants terraces, not big blocks of land
FORGET the great Australian dream of having a big backyard with room for a swimming pool, NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard says Sydneysiders "want" to live in tiny terraces writes Barclay Crawford in The Sunday Telegraph of 3 June 2012.
Moves to fast track housing
COUNCILS will be dangled a $50 million carrot to pay for their infrastructure woes while a new government body will be given the power to turbocharge housing delivery reports Vikki Campion in The Daily Telegraph of 13 June 2012.
Premier accelerates approvals to kick development into high gear
NEARLY half a billion dollars has been allocated for infrastructure in housing growth areas and the assessment of development applications will be sped up to bolster the state's housing and construction sectors reports Josephine Tovey in the SMH of 13 June 2012.
New development body will have power to buy up land from hold-outs
A NEW government body charged with boosting the state's historically low levels of housing construction will have powers to compulsorily buy private property to include in large development sites writes Matthew Moore in the SMH of 14 June 2012.
Kristina Keneally Resigns from NSW Parliament
The Hon Kristina Keneally MP today (23rd June 2012) announced she will resign from NSW Parliament effective 29 June 2012 reports this media statement from Kristina Keneally.
Notre Dame Fears
Since the University of Notre Dame (UNDA) first opened in Chippendale it has purchased several sites and expanded its campus more than five-fold. Contrary to previous undertakings, the University is now starting to encroach residential streets. Estimates indicate nearly 4,000 students attend the Chippendale campus. This is well ahead of projections writes Geoff Turnbull in the July 2012 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
2011 Census
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its first figures from the 2011 census. When compared to earlier census data the 2011 figures show population increases in the Sydney LGA up 8.2 per cent over the last five years with Redfern up 4.8 per cent and Waterloo up 25.2 per cent for over the same period. Over the last 10 years the population of Redfern has increased 9.7 per cent and Waterloo a huge 206 per cent writes Geoff Turnbull in the July 2012 South Sydney Herald.
Bye-bye SMDA
The NSW budget announced the demise of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority (SMDA) and its amalgamation with Landcom into a new state-wide body called Urbangrowth NSW. The new body will have compulsory acquisition powers like the current SMDA and will be in place by mid-July writes Geoff Turnbull in the South Sydney Herald of July 2012.
There Goes The Neighbourhood
Once a byword for social decay, Redfern is now hip, thanks to gentrification and redevelopment. But while that has attracted cool cafes and the upwardly mobile, the area's many public housing residents are feeling increasingly downtrodden, as Stephanie Wood discovers in Sydney Magazine issue no 113 for September 2012.
Business Chamber wants sculpture gone
REDFERN: On behalf of the local business community, the South Sydney Business Chamber (SSBC) is starting a campaign to remove “The Bower”. The sculpture was installed in Redfern in 2008, near the station, at the intersection of Regent and Redfern streets reports the February 2013 Issue of the South Sydney Herald..
New growth precincts?
When land values are determined by lines on government maps showing growth areas and other potential developments it is important to get things correct writes Geoff Turnbull in Febuary 2013's South Sydney Herald.
Giant architect built for justice - COL JAMES, 1936-2013
Col James was a giant who took great strides with gentle steps, followed a career-long path with clear direction and purpose, but always had time for a cup of tea and to listen to those seldom heard by the architectural world he loved reports this obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald of 23 February 2013.
Iconic Cleveland Street Australia Post HQ to be redeveloped and sold
Australia Post announced on 7 March 2013 a major redevelopment (pending council approval) of its iconic 219 – 241 Cleveland Street Headquarters in Strawberry Hills on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD. In conjunction with the extensive redevelopment of the building to create a modern and efficient corporate headquarters, Australia Post will commit to a 12 year head lease and market the property for sale. The details of the media release from Australia Post of 7 March 2013 is provided below.
Redfern in new seat of Newtown - Comment until 17 July
A new Electorate of Newtown is propoposed in the NSW Electoral Boundaries Distribution which will include Redfern, Eveleigh and Darlington along with Surry Hills, Chippendale, Camperdown, Newtown, Stanmore, Petersham,Enmore and the western part of Erskinville.
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