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News since last Redfern Waterloo Issues Update.
Building a platform of opportunity for Redfern/waterloo redevelopment
On 2nd March 2017 REDWatch held a session on Health Impacts and redevelopment – what do we need to know? The input to this session was provided by Elizabeth Harris, an Associate Professor in the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of NSW and Director of the Health Equity Research and Development Unit, Sydney Local Health District. Below is an outline of her presentation.
3801 Ltd again under threat in 2017
Eveleigh Heritage rail operator, 3801 Ltd, after two years of difficult dealings with Transport Heritage NSW, was locked out of Eveleigh’s Large Erecting Shop (LES) at the end of January 2017. It can no longer operate its scheduled trips including the Cockatoo Run to the Illawarra and tours which collaborate with the cruise ship industry. Anything that leaves the LES cannot be returned to it.
What would Gladys Do?
With 3801 Ltd locked in a battle with Transport for NSW to be able to stay at the Large Erecting Shop (LES) in 2017 under a Berejiklian government, it is interesting to look back at the comments Gladys Berejiklian made in 2006 as then Shadow Transport Minister when 3801 Ltd was locked in a similar battle with the then NSW Labour government. You can see these in the media release below. What is the current equivalent of "A NSW Liberal/Nationals Government would ensure RailCorp renews the existing lease and was prevented from disposing of any of the rolling stock"? Maybe it is time for Gladys to take a personal interest in what is currently happening to 3801 Ltd to ensure they get a renewed lease and can continue to operate out of Eveleigh.
Rachel Forster – DA changes on exhibition until 6 March 2017
The Rachel Forster site developer, Kaymet Pty Ltd, is seeking to modify its concept plan and major project approval for the 134 – 144 Pitt Street, Redfern site. Below are the details of the major changes and links to where to make a submission before 6th March 2017.
Who's Who and what are they doing around the Waterloo Public Housing redevelopment
The below overview was initially put together in January 2017 as activities were being planned for the the Master Planning associated with the Waterloo Public Housing Redevelopment. We will try and keep this updated as the process unfolds so people have an idea of who is doing what. REDWatch is having a What's Cooking open mic on Thursday 2nd February where some of those involved below will be talking in their own words.
AHC Pemulwuy Project Student Housing Proposed Changes
The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has submitted revised plans to the Department of Planning and received the Department’s requirements for changes to the Student Housing element of the already approved Pemulwuy Project. Below is an outline by REDWatch of the AHC proposal from their submission and the Departments requirements.
Redfern Station - Application to replace Platforms 6 & 7 - Closes 11 January 2017
The following notice has appeared on Redfern Station over the holiday break. It appears Sydney Trains propose to undertake work on platforms 6 & 7 while discussions are supposed to be underway this year about the possibility of a station upgrade are under discussions between UrbanGrowth NSW and Transport for NSW.
ATP CBA Redevelopment Approved with Changes by Planning Assessment Commission
The Planning Assessment Commission has made a number of important changes to the Department of Planning’s proposed consent conditions before providing approval for the Mirvac ATP development. Below is: a summary of the decision from the PAC Information sheet; links to the PAC reports and changes; and the ATP media release. Please note a number of significant changes are not highlighted in the Summary including changes to the Contribution Plan fees payable and measures to monitor public transport use by the site on an annual basis - the full details can be read in the ATP Determination Report link at the end of the PAC Summary.
Community gathers to remember Ross Leslie Smith (1941–2016)
Alexandria Town Hall was packed with tenants, friends, agency workers, bureaucrats and politicians for a celebration of Ross Smith’s contribution to his community on November 18 reported the South Sydney Herald of December 2016.
Waterloo relocations put back to mid 2018
Discussions are still underway about what studies will be be undertaken in the Waterloo Master Plan which is scheduled to start in 2017. Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have said the Master Plan will determine where on the estate redevelopment will take place. These delays mean LAHC will not know until well after mid 2017 where they will start and which residents they will want to relocate. On 12 December 2016 it was decided that Waterloo tenants should be advised that the first relocations will be pushed back. A brief statement on the FACS website says LAHC are now looking at relocations starting mid 2018.
Urban Transformation Study - 21 November 2016
The UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation, which we have been waiting much of 2016 to see in the end did not go through Cabinet as initially expected. Instead it was released in conjunction with the Greater Sydney Commission Central District Plan which makes reference to it.
Mirvac ATP Development Community Liaison Group
In the lead up to the development of the building sites at the ATP Mirvac called for expressions of interest from community members who were interested in being on a community liaison group during the redevelopment. The first meeting was held on 4 October. Representatives from ARAG, FOE and REDWatch are on the committee along with a number of surrounding residents.
Sale of ATP - TECHNOLOGY FUTURE SECURED AT ATP
On 12 November 2015 the NSW Government today announced the sale of the Australian Technology Park (ATP) in Redfern to a Mirvac-led consortium in this media release issued by Planning Minister Rob Stokes.
Ross Smith on why he should be elected to an ALP committee
The letter below was sent to ALP members when Ross Smith stood in 2011 for the NSW ALP Policy Forum. It outlines some of Ross's involvement and positions in the ALP and more broadly. It provides an insight into the ALP side of Ross's involvements.
Ross Smith the Waterloo People's Precinct Rep
Below is the text of a sheet produced by Ross Smith for the 2016 "People's Precinct" Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board elections.
Brett Louat address to Ross Smith Celebration 18 Nov 2016
Jose Perez address to Ross Smith Celebration 18 Nov 2016
REDWatch UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh and Housing Diversity Policy Statement - May 2016
The REDWatch UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh and Housing Diversity Policy was finalised on May 2 2016 following indications that UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Strategy would not propose a significant response to the areas affordable housing needs. These concerns were borne out in late November 2016 when UrbanGrowth unveiled their strategy which showed only a target of 5-10% on the government owned Central to Eveleigh land.
Ross Smith: A life spent in service to the community - by Garry Mallard
The public housing sector mourns the loss of one of its most colourful characters, long-time Waterloo resident, advocate and activist.
REDWatch Song Tribute at Ross Smith's Celebration of Life
Over the last 12 years Ross Smith has been active in REDWatch keeping an eye on what Government bodies do in Redfern, Eveleigh, Darlington and Waterloo – and trying to ensure that what happens works for our diverse communities and not just government. Ross’s encyclopaedic knowledge; his consistently taking it up to bureaucrats especially around public housing and redevelopment; and his desired to get them to play in our sandpit rather than us just play in their sandpit, found a natural fit in REDWatch.
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