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This directory shows up the most recent 80 changes to the REDWatch website. By visiting this page you can see what has recently been added on the site and if you use the RSS feed you can have the changes delivered to you when they occur. -- Please note any modification made to a page on the site is reflected here be it change of document type or correction of a spelling error or link. We show all changes as only this way will significant changes to exisitng pages also be notified when changes are made --.
Site Visits 26 to 30 June 2017
For the week 26 to 30 June 2017 LAHC & Urban Growth have confirmed the following visits
Invitation to the Future Planning Centre Open Day & Launch June 24th 11-4pm Jun 24, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM Waterloo Estate, 95 Wellington St, Waterloo,
This is the project you may have earlier referred to as a community master plan. This process will now do work that will formally feed into the LAHC Master Planning process. You are invited to drop down to the centre which is near the IGA in the middle of the estate on Saturday 24 June from 11-4pm.
Community Activity
There are many groups and projects happening in Waterloo. Here we have an over view of some of the players and information about their activities as they unfold.
Waterloo Estate and Metro Site Redevelopment - What we know at 20 June 2017
The summary below is an outline of what we know about the process at a particular point of time. We have included links so people can access the documents referred to.
Site Visits 19 to 23 June 2017
For the week 19 to 23 June 2017 LAHC & Urban Growth have confirmed the following visits
Waterloo Estate Social Sustainability Assessment
A Social Sustainability Assessment is one of the key studies for the Waterloo Estate under the Waterloo State Significant Precinct Study requirements. Here we have bought together information about the study requirements and about GHD the consultancy doing the work. In 2012 GHD did some scoping work of Redfern and Waterloo Public Housing Estates for the Sydney Metropolitan Development Corporation (SMDA).
Social Sustainability Assessment - GHD
One of the important studies to be undertaken is the Social Sustainability Assessment. Here we will put information about that study.
Site Visits 12 to 16 June 2017
For the week 12 to 16 June 2017 LAHC & Urban Growth have confirmed the following visits
Living Well in Greater Density? Perks and Challenges of high-density neighbourhoods. Jun 15, 2017 from 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Redfern Town Hall (Small Hall),
The independent Waterloo Capacity building Project is holding a community discussion facilitated by a panel including Dr Hazel Easthope a housing researcher at UNSW; Sean Macken an Urban Planner and Dr Tim Williams an Urban Renewal Specialist.
Inderpendent Assistance during Master Planning
Non Government Agencies and Community Groups have requested mechanisms for assistance for community members independent of LAHC and UrbanGrowth during the master planning process. This is being guided by the Groundswell agencies, Here you can get information on the Capacity Building Program run through Inner Sydney Voice or the Waterloo Community Development project run through Counterpoint Community Services.
Proposed Health Impact Assessment
REDWatch and agencies have been in discussion with Sydney Area Health about undertaking a Health Impact Assessment of the Waterloo Estate. While this study is not part of the SSP or LAHC proposed studies, the SSP required health issues be looked at so we hope that this study would inform that part of the SSP and Master Plan.
State Significant Precinct (SSP) Declaration and Study Requirements
On 18 May 2017 Waterloo Estate and the Metro Station above ground now called Waterloo Metro Quarter along with private land within the Consolidated Estate boundary was declared a State Significant Precinct. Here is information about the SSP Declaration and the Study requirements. Please note however that the Study requirements are what NSW Planning and Environment require as a basis for setting new planning controls. The studies as undertaken by consultants cover these requirements in a different way. There are also other studies being undertaken which are not required for planning controls but which deal with more "people" rather than SSP requirements.
Site Visits 5 to 9 June 2017
For the week 5 to 9 June 2017 LAHC & Urban Growth have confirmed the following visits
Background Information on site visits
Below are some points about the study process that have been provided by LAHC and UrbanGrowth that may help put the site visits into context.
Consultant Site Visits during Master Planning
Following on from the announcement on 18 May that Waterloo has been nominated as a State Significant Precinct, Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have been informing the community when technical consultants are on-site so people know what is going on around the estate and so you can also inform others. They are aiming to have the information for the coming week available on Friday. As it is available REDWatch will post it here. Immediately below you will see some general information on these visits and links to additional information.
File REDWatch's Combined Waterloo SSP Study Requirements
The official Waterloo State Significant Precinct Study Requirements is made up of seperate requirements for Waterloo Estate and the Waterloo Metro Quarter. There are differences between the two study requirements. REDWatch has been advised that the studies by consultants will address both sets of requirements. To assist the community REDWatch has produced a combined version of the Waterloo State Significant Precinct requirements. This document shows common text in both sets of requirements in black, Waterloo Estate specific text in green and Waterloo Metro Quarter text in red. As time permits, REDWatch update this document with the links to the documents mentioned in the SSP requirements.
Waterloo State Significant Precinct (SSP) Studies and Consultants
NSW Planning and Environment have posted details of the studies required for the Waterloo State Significant Precinct, Land and Housing Corporation has posted a summary of these requirements and information about how and by whom the studies will be undertaken. In addition there have been two sessions in which there has been verbal clarification on some of the study issues. Here we have bought the information on studies as of 2 June 2017 together in one place.
Council's Role in the Waterloo SSP and the Project Review Panel
According to the Precinct Declaration The Department of Planning and Environment has established a Project Review Panel for the Nominated State Significant Precinct - Waterloo. It also provides some information alongside the initial announcement that gives us information about the City of Sydney Council role.
File City of Sydney Presentation on Waterloo Study Requirements to REDWatch 1 June 2017
This presentation on the Waterloo State Significant Precinct was delivered by Ben Pechey from City of Sydney Council to REDWatch. The presentation dealt with the requested topic of Density well done by saying that Council's requirements, including a set of principles from the Lord Mayor, were included in the study requirements and that Council would have an active role in monitoring the process. For those who are looking for a more specific presentation by the city on density issues we suggest looking at Council's Director of City Planning Graham Jahn in a presentation last year on the REDWatch site at Discussion is also underway to clarify with Council how the City will work with the Community at the same time as working officially in the Waterloo State Significant Precinct process.
Density done well - What does it mean for Waterloo? Jun 01, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM The Factory Community Centre, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo,
Council will present to residents on the studies required for the Waterloo redevelopment and what is needed for density to be done well in Waterloo.
File Community Plus Waterloo Newsletter May 2017
Following the declaration of the State Significant Precinct Land and Housing Corporation's Communities Plus issued a newsletter on 26 May 2017 advising the community of the announcement and the proposed consultation.
Waterloo Master Plan Site Visits from 29 May to 2 June 2017
LAHC has provided details of consultants working on master plan studies that will on Waterloo Estate during the week 29 May to 2 June 2017. These are provided below.
File Study Requirements Nominated State Significant Precinct – Waterloo May 2017 - Differences highlighted
This document has had key differences between the Waterloo Estate and Waterloo Metro Quarter requirements highlighted by REDWatch to assist readers identify the differences between the two sets of requirements. This is a guide only. While we have taken care in this comparison we can not guarantee that all differences have been identified. Readers should rely on their own comparisons. If you identify any errors please email details to The original file can be downloaded from
Study Requirements Nominated State Significant Precinct – Waterloo May 2017
On 26 May 2017 NSW Planning and Environment posted the Study Requirements for the Waterloo State Significant Precinct. Please note that there are two different sets of study requirements in this document and they are not identical - one covers the Waterloo Estate (pages 8-32) and the other covers the Metro quarter (pages 35-55). A Social Sustainability Assessment is required for the Estate but not for the Metro Quarter. Here is the link to the requirements.
File LAHC Calendar of Events for the Master Plan
With the State Significant Precinct declaration Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have released to the Waterloo Redevelopment Group an outline of the master plan timeline. The pink and blue lines indicate the stages on the time line and the green boxes above contain an outline of the activities expected during that month. The letters in the top right hand corner is the first letter of the month that activities are expected.
Quick Waterloo Tree and public domain Study!
Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) have advised that there will be master plan consultants on Waterloo Estate on Friday 25 and 26 May 2017.
Quick Waterloo Traffic Study!
Land and Housing Corporation advised that a quick Traffic Study was being undertaken on Tuesday 23 May 2017. The traffic study will be measuring current traffic levels – vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle of the greater Waterloo area.
Initial Waterloo State Significant Precinct Declaration Details
Following the State Significant Precinct declaration for Waterloo on 18 May 2017 additional information was placed on both the NSW Planning and Environment's website and on the Communities Plus website. REDWatch provided the following initial unpacking of the declaration announcement to members, supporters and agencies on 21 May 2016.
Image Map of Waterloo Estate and Metro Station showing private land
This map is has been shown on the Waterloo page of UrbanGrowth's Central to Eveleigh website. It shows the area of public housing subject to redevelopment as well as the area resumed for the new Metro Station development. Areas along Wellington Street and Cope Street between Wellington and John Streets are not shown as part of the estate because they are privately owned. These sites but are covered by the Waterloo State Significant Precinct study to change planning controls and master plan the estate and the area above the station.
Waterloo Nominated as State Significant Precinct kicks off Master Planning
Waterloo has been nominated by the NSW Government as a new State Significant Precinct which formally kicks off the master planning of the site. Residents have been advised by staff involved in the master planning that the master planning will commence with a month of capacity building with consultation workshops planned to commence towards the end of June/beginning of July. The Communities Plus website will be updated soon as the Department of Planning and Environment’s website. A newsletter to residents is planned for next week.
REDWatch Meeting - The Path Less Travelled - A Round Table on Commuter Affairs May 04, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM Factory Community Centre 67 Raglan St Waterloo,
What are the positives and challenges of being a cyclist, pedestrian or public transport user in the City of Sydney? How can we design our streets to improve walkability? How can redevelopment sites encourage commuting that is safe, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial?
And if the Government won't listen? REDWatch discusses Non Violent Action Apr 06, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM Factory Community Centre 67 Raglan St Waterloo,
Activists throughout the history of inner Sydney have found that making their voices heard required more than words. With another round of development looming, can we reinvent the tradition of nonviolent direct action for a new political era? Join REDWatch and guests to discuss active ways of standing up to injustice and navigating recent changes to protest law.
Independent assistance for master planning
Kira Osborne and Thomas Chailloux recently started work to independently resource tenants and the broader community during planning for the Waterloo redevelopment reports Geoff Turnbull in the April 2017 edition of the South Sydney Herald.
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