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Ross Smith (1941 - 2016)

Ross Smith was one of the founding members of REDWatch and served on the REDWatch Coordinating committee as Treasurer up until his sudden death on 4th October 2016. Ross was an active members of the ALP and active in formal and informal public tenant issues from local Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board (NAB) to NSW wide tenant issues. He was active in Kings Cross as well as in Waterloo through his involvement in community centres and was well known to the very many people he assisted with tenancy and personal issues. Vale Ross Smith!
Ross Smith Public Memorial Celebration - 18 November 2016 9.30 am Nov 18, 2016 from 09:30 AM to 10:45 AM Alexandria Town Hall 73 Garden Street Alexandria (Nearest cross street Henderson Road),
Friends and Colleagues of Ross Smith are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration for Ross Smith to be held on 18th November 2016 at 9.30am at Alexandria Town Hall 73 Garden Street Alexandria (Nearest cross street Henderson Road).
File Ross Smith Public Memorial Celebration Poster - 18 November 2016 9.30 am
Friends and Colleagues of Ross Smith are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration for Ross Smith to be held on 18th November 2016 at 9.30am at Alexandria Town Hall 73 Garden Street Alexandria (Nearest cross street Henderson Road). This is the poster to promote the Memorial Celebration.
Image Photo of Ross Smith
This is the photo of Ross Smith used for the Memorial anouncement
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ross Smith Squatspace Tour of Beauty 2016 video by Clare Lewis
This is the video of Ross Smith talking about Waterloo that was shown at the Celebration of his Life on 18 November 2016.
File Ross Smith Celebration of Life Program
This is a pdf of the had out for the Celebration of the Life of Ross Smith on 18th November 2016.
Jose Perez address to Ross Smith Celebration 18 Nov 2016
Brett Louat address to Ross Smith Celebration 18 Nov 2016
Bill Yan address to Ross Smith Celebration 18 Nov 2016
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.
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 Cremation - Wed 21 Dec Dec 23, 2016 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM South Chapel, Rookwood Crematorium,
We have just been informed un-expectantly that despite previous advice that Ross’s remains would not be released till Feb 2018 that in fact someone has organised his cremation for next week. The details advised to us are below in an email from Mike Shreenan at the Factory.
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.
File Photos of Ross Smith
This PDF contains the photos that were used at both the Community Celebration and the service for Ross Smith.
File Ross Smith Cremation Service Video
Ross Smith's funeral was held at short notice on 21 December and some of those who wished to attend could not. Here we have posted the service for those interested.
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