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News since last Redfern Waterloo Issues Update.
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.
Public housing for private profit? - Jenny Leong South Sydney Herald
For more than 100 years, government funded public housing has been available to low income earners in NSW.
Vale Ross Smith - Tanya Plibersek in South Sydney Herald
It is with great sadness that last month we lost our friend and comrade Ross Smith.
Vale Ross Smith - Tenants Union's Brown Couch
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Ross Smith - a tireless advocate for fairness in the housing system, and member of the Tenants' Union of NSW.
South Sydney Herald - Vale Ross Smith
Ross Smith SSH Distribution co-ordinator collapsed on Waterloo Green on October 4 as he was preparing to start distribution of the October issue of the paper. Sadly he could not be revived. Ross never spoke to anyone about his family and while he gave much of himself to others, he gave little away about himself. As yet police have been unable to locate any relatives. A public memorial celebration of Ross’s life will be held 9.30-10.45am on Friday November 18 at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden Street (nearest cross street Henderson Road).
Ross Smith on Volunteering and Community
This is Ross Smiths's contribution to the RedWater Montage book on Volunteer. With his passing this sums up how many people in Redfern and Waterloo experienced Ross. This booklet was produced by the Factory Community Centre and South Sydney Community Aid in September 2012. It collects 39 stories of volunteers in the Redfern and Waterloo area and information about where they volunteer. These stories both show the importance and strength of volunteers and groups in our community.
Rachel Forster Hospital site Community drop in sessions Redfern Town Hall - 6th Sept 2016
Kaymet Corporation, the owners of the Rachel Forster Hospital site at 134-144 Pitt Street in Redfern, is holding two community drop-in sessions to provide information about a proposed modification to the current 2013 Project Approval.
The Back to the drawing board campaign
On 15 June 2016 City of Sydney Council held a public meeting entitled "Packed In – bad planning vs smart growth. The future of the Central to Eveleigh precinct". At the forum they launched a “Back to the drawing board” post card campaign urging its residents to send the cards or other messages to Planning Minister Robert Stokes opposing the proposals currently being prepared by UrbanGrowth Central to Eveleigh.
Renewing Waterloo - Invite to 18 February 2016 Waterloo Meeting
The leaflet below was distributed in early February 2016 at Summer on the Green.
HNSW Update following Forum - 8 March 2016
Below is the text of the letter dated 8 March 2016 following the Renewing Waterloo Forum. It contains a breif report of the meeting (from HNSW's perspective) and some additional Questions and Answers. It was accompanied by the Q&A sheet that was on the tables at the Renewing Waterloo Forum.
Waterloo Connect Update: 18 February 2016
This Question and Answer sheet was produced for the Waterloo Community Meeting on 18th February 2016 and was on the tables at the meeting. I was subsequently mailed out to tenants following the meeting.
REDWatch - Initial questions regarding the proposed Waterloo redevelopment
Below are a series of questions from REDWatch relating to the Waterloo redevelopment announcement. As the issues raised in many cases stretch across responsibility areas for UrbanGrowth, LAHC and Housing NSW REDWatch supplied these questions to all three organisations. REDWatch has previously been actively involved in the BEP2 and Housing NSW Draft Master Plan discussions and these discussions inform the questions raised in the attached document. The document is also informed by recent REDWatch forums on the Waterloo development and questions raised with us following the announcement and the subsequent HNSW forums and discussions. As answers to questions become available we will make these available on this website.
Councillor Linda Scott comments on Waterloo anouncement
Below is the media release issued by Councillor Linda Scott on the Waterloo anouncement
Tenants Union Blog response
The Tenants' Union of NSW's social housing estate redevelopment and portfolio renewal blog the Clearing House reported the anouncement of the Waterloo redevelopment and raised a number of concerns.
Jan Barham MP & Jenny Leong Media Release
Jenny Leong (MP for Newtown which covers Redfern and Waterloo public housing north of Raglan Street) and Jan Barham (The Greens Public Housing Spokesperson) issues the following joint media release.
Councillor Irene Dountney Comments
Below are the comments made by Irene Dountney on her blog.
REDWatch Social Media Statement
Below is the post that appeared on FaceBook from REDWatch raising questions about the Waterloo anouncement.
Jenny Leong MP Statement on Waterloo Announcement
Below is the text of MP for Newtown Jenny Leong's statement upon the announcement of the Waterloo Metro and associated redevelopment of the Waterloo Public Housing Estate.
For More Information
Below are the links to the major government bodies dealing with Waterloo
UrbanGrowth Statement on Waterloo Redevelopment
UrbanGrowth reproduced the statements by the Premier and Minister Hazzard on its websites. It also made the following statment as a Central to Eveleigh Update email and placed it on the Waterloo section of UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh website.
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