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25 August 2006

CUB Site Meeting and Follow Up / Poplar Trees face axe in Abercrombie Street / YAA Co-ordinating mentors needed / Public Housing in NSW / Police News / A nicer place to thank Jack Mundy in the Rocks? / Have your say in current Consultations / - NSW State Plan / - Prince Alfred Park Community Meeting - 2 September 2006 at Prince Alfred Park / - RWA Development Applications – until 4th September 2006 / - Discussion paper for Development Control Plan for Night Trading Premises – until 6th September 2006 / - City of Sydney Draft Heritage Development Control Plan (DCP) 2006 – until 11th September 2006 / - Redfern Park Draft Plan of Management and Draft Masterplan - until 20 September 2006 / - Draft Companion Animals Policy - until 27 September 2006 / - City’s Cycling Strategy on Exhibition - until 30th September 2006 / University of Sydney Union (USU) Public Issues Forum: What is the Future of the Block? - Tuesday, 29 August 1pm-2pm / History Week 16-24 September 06 Local Events / Future Lord Mayor Community Forums / In the Media

In This Update

CUB Site Meeting and Follow Up

Poplar Trees face axe in Abercrombie Street

YAA Co-ordinating mentors needed

Public Housing in NSW

Police News

A nicer place to thank Jack Mundy in the Rocks?

Have your say in current Consultations

- NSW State Plan

- Prince Alfred Park Community Meeting - 2 September 2006 at Prince Alfred Park

- RWA Development Applications – until 4th September 2006

- Discussion paper for Development Control Plan for Night Trading Premises – until 6th September 2006

- City of Sydney Draft Heritage Development Control Plan (DCP) 2006 – until 11th September 2006

- Redfern Park Draft Plan of Management and Draft Masterplan - until 20 September 2006

- Draft Companion Animals Policy - until 27 September 2006

- City’s Cycling Strategy on Exhibition - until 30th September 2006

University of Sydney Union (USU) Public Issues Forum: What is the Future of the Block? - Tuesday, 29 August 1pm-2pm

History Week 16-24 September 06 Local Events

Future Lord Mayor Community Forums

In the Media

Coming Events (entered on the REDWatch website)

CUB Site Meeting and Follow Up

On Tuesday 15th August, the day the hail blanketed the area like snow, it was good to see many locals attending the only public meeting organised by the Expert Advisory Panel about the CUB site redevelopment.  Unfortunately many locals came away from the meeting feeling they were in for a hammering by the Government on the CUB site. The presentation shown to the meeting was based on the desire to match the height of the UTS tower and is, as one community rep was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, a "mini-Manhattan on steroids". Despite requests that the presentation be made publicly available, so those who could not attend could get an idea of what was being considered, the release of the presentation was declined. The only indication of what residents saw was a photo CUB Site Maximum Height which was taken of one of the slides from the meeting and circulated by Coalition Chippendale Community Groups in their Update on CUB Meeting.

The Chair of the Panel Chris Johnson was not prepared to talk about the density CUB wanted for the site, even though it was revealed to the meeting that The Planning NSW site now has a copy of  Part 3A major projects request (91 KB PDF) and the Scoping Paper ( 1.5MB PDF) prepared for Fosters which sets out what they want from the site. It includes 260,000 square metres of floor space (a density of around 4.5:1), comprising 1800 apartments, 97,000 square metres of commercial space and 12,000 square of retail space. This is much higher than the maximum density proposed by the City of Sydney Report on CUB Site (162 Kb) which determined the maximum density should be 3.5:1 (see report – clause 43 (h)) or the Jury Report on the CUB Site (232Kb) which found that a FSR of 4.4:1 could be environmentally sustained. We understand that at the second and final Stakeholder Reference Panel meeting for the CUB site held earlier this week, with the Minister in attendance, Minister Sartor similarly dismissed questions about density saying there was no formal proposal from Fosters, even though the Scoping Paper from Fosters setting out what they want was sitting on the NSW Planning Department’s website under reference MP 06_0171 at http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/asp/register2006.asp#gma.

The agenda for the public meeting started with a focus on possible locations for the park. No detailed background information on the implications of the positions was made publicly available and the request for a show of hands for possible locations was rejected by an unhappy meeting. The agenda also covered which heritage buildings could be destroyed and which could be incorporated, the possible street layout of the development and the maximum possible height under the flight path and how such a development might look from surrounding external positions. The Expert Advisory Panel will now prepare a report for the Minister. The public meeting asked for the release of the documents presented at the meeting so that public comment could be made and that a second meeting be organised and public release of the Expert Panels report to the Minister. The Sydney Central Courier has subsequently reported that Residents to see CUB report - Planning Minister to make document public

The CUB site will be dealt with directly by Minister Sartor under the new rules for NSW Major Projects Assessment System for section 3A sites. A leaflet was handled out at the meeting by Department of Planning about the process and this can be downloaded from NSW Major Projects Assessment System: a community guide PDF file (KB) / RTF file (KB). If you wish to make comments about the material presented to the meeting or about the issues related to the site the Expert Advisory Panel is taking comments and questions via Glenda.dunn@planning.nsw.gov.au by the 30 August at the latest. The Coalition of Chippendale Community Groups and Clover Moore are also encouraging people to write to the Premier and the Minister for Planning about your concerns.

Some of the media surrounding the meeting included the SMH’s article Brewer's plan for Broadway site leaves residents reeling in horror and their editorial A sorry site and the ABC’s Brewery site revamp to include skyscraper. Clover Moore has also discussed the meeting in her eNEWS of Friday 18 August 2006 - No. 310 and encouraged people to write the Premier and Minister in OWNERS' "SCOPING PLAN" TO DETERMINE CUB SITE..

Poplar Trees face axe in Abercrombie Street

A few years ago poplars were removed from the eastern side of Abercrombie Street and now it appears to be the turn of those on the western side. We heard a whisper and approached council for clarification. Council has advised that they have advice that the 35 poplars “contain up to 95% decay” and need to go. The council will be advising local residents by letterbox next week, as well as by notices on the trees, and they say they will ensure residents are given the opportunity to comment and/or obtain further information. As we approached them they have provided us with a statement on the trees which we have reproduced below. Removal is scheduled within the next few weeks.

Poplars have both their supporters (they work well in parts of Melbourne and if they are maintained properly) and those that would like to see them banished from Sydney streets. We are not sure why the rush or how many of the trees have anything approaching 95% decay or if this has happened rapidly in the few years since poplars on the other side of the road were removed.

Ideally we would have liked to see a decision about such a major replanting taken up in public discussions about the creation of distinctive urban villages in Darlington and Chippendale. This will hopefully happen around the urban design study in Darlington and Chippendale which should happen next year.

Below is the Statement from the City of Sydney Council:

The City of Sydney and an independent arborist have inspected and assessed the thirty five (35) Lombardy Poplars located on the western side of Abercrombie Street, Chippendale. The inspections revealed the trees contain up to 95% internal decay and require removal as they are likely to fail. Due to the safety concerns, the trees are programmed for notification and removal within the next few weeks. Routine footpath re-sheeting works will be undertaken following the tree removals, with forty four (44) replacement trees proposed for planting following the footpath works.

The replacement trees between Lawson Street and Cleveland Street Darlington will be Crow’s Ash (Flindersia australis) in accordance with the City’s Street Tree Masterplan. This will complete the avenue planting of Flindersia planted 5 years ago when the Poplars were removed from the eastern side of the street. The trees will be 2-2.5 metres in height at planting.

Due to the difficulty in securing healthy advanced Flindersia trees, the City is proposing to amend the species for Abercrombie Street Chippendale, between Cleveland Street and Broadway, to Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus). These trees would be 2.5 – 3 metres at planting. The Brush Box is very similar to the Flindersia, as it is a native, tall evergreen tree that tolerates the harsh urban environment. There are several Brush Box trees already located on the western side of Abercrombie Street, opposite Bartley Street, that illustrate the trees characteristics and suitability to the street. The change in species will allow the works to be undertaken this planting season; otherwise the street will not be planted for 1 – 2 years until Flindersia are available.

YAA Co-ordinating mentors needed

The RWA is looking for 2 coordinating mentors for some Young Achievement Australia (YAA) Business Skills Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that are being run in the area. There are two programmes looking to be run. One project with young mums that has started and urgently needs a coordinating mentor - they meet on Tuesdays from 12-2 and the business is making and screen printing designs on calico bags. The second project is with a group of young men and will have a tourism and marketing focus.  It is expected to meet on Wednesday afternoons and wants to start ASAP. If you think you can assist with these programmes please contact Nette Griggs at the RWA on nette.griggs@rwa.nsw.gov.au . You can find out more about the YAA Business Skills Programs at http://www.yaa.org.au/programs_bus_skills.html and about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Groups program on http://www.yaa.org.au .

Public Housing in NSW

With the redevelopment of the Elizabeth Street Redfern public housing having been on the agenda for some time and with the RWA Built Environment Plan Stage Two talking about redevelopment of other public housing in Redfern Waterloo, you may find the Debra Jopson’s feature Battlers and bulldozers in the Sydney Morning Herald on 19th August 2006 a useful background read as she looks at the problems that face the NSW Government in their management and redevelopment of public housing. It leaves you wondering what the RWA plan to do differently.

If you are looking for a more personal perspective on what it is like to be a public housing tenant you might also like to take a look at the blog Diary of a Desperate Houso. Desperate Houso is once again unemployed. You are invited to follow her Odyssey through the 9 Circles of Centrelink Hell to Workplace Agreement Paradise, complete with her daily victim impact statement, spreadsheets charting her decline, and the odd political comment, aims to document daily life for a low-income Australian, pincered between Centrelink's inhumane policies and the Department of Housing's inefficiencies.

This is probably also a good place to give a plug for the National Tenant Support Network (National TSN). It is an independent, unincorporated not-for-profit initiative delivering a range of services to social and affordable rental housing stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Of particular interest to those who want to keep up to date with what is happening in social and affordable housing are Media Tidbits and National Notify which are part of an email update service that delivers articles from around Australia, New Zealand and further a field to your email inbox. This is a very comprehensive service and is a must for those wanting to keep up to date with social housing. For further information contact the Coordinator, Garry Mallard, on (02) 6492 0355, Mob: 0412 249 218 or email: gmallard@thenexus.org.au.

Police News

Kristina Keneally in her latest Heffron E-Herald 18 August reports that Redfern LAC will get eight new police officers in September 2006 with the possibility of additional numbers in January 2007 in More Police Officers for Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney.

As with all commands around the state, Redfern LAC has a Police Accountability Community Teams (PACT). Redfern PACT meetings are attended by key local police and representatives of local state MPs, local councillors and representatives from the RWA, Council and the Redfern Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The meeting occur quarterly and the minutes from the 16th June 2006 meeting have just been posted on the police website at http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/pact/central_metro/redfern/reports/2006. The minutes show the contact details for PACT members so those in the community who wish to raise community issues about policing with PACT attendees can contact PACT members directly if they wish.

So you know the kind of issues of concern to PACT meetings we have quoted below the explanation the Police website provides on the role of PACTs:

Police Accountability Community Teams (PACT) is a forum for the community to express its views about police visibility, police deployment and crime generally. It also enables local communities to hold local Police Commanders accountable for crime reduction. PACT was announced by the Minister for Police in February 2002. After a trial period, Deputy Commissioner Madden approved the statewide implementation of PACT. The aim of PACT is to make Local Area Command (LAC) accountable to their local communities for reducing crime and the fear of crime. The purpose of PACT is to:

·         Ensure Local Area Commanders are accountable to their local communities

·         Encourage community partnerships to reduce crime and the fear of crime

·         Develop local solutions to local crime in partnership with local stakeholders

·         Improve public safety and reduce the fear of crime at a local level

·         Raise understanding of the relationship between policing and crime reduction

·         Ensure Commanders take into account local community views on police visibility, police deployment and crime hotspots when deciding police tasking and deployment

A nicer place to thank Jack Mundy in the Rocks?

We know it is outside Redfern Waterloo but Jack and the BLF were of great help to all the inner city during the days of the slum clearance and the green bans. Even recently Jack has turned up in Redfern Waterloo to introduce the Margaret Barry Memorial lecture and to the rally in Support of Aboriginal Housing on the Block.

There is a move afoot to get a place in the Rocks named after Jack Mundy, but the Geographical Names Board seems to think an insignificant spot in Kendal Lane (quite out-of-the-way) would be appropriate. Councillor Marcelle Hoff and others, including us, think this is a bit of an insult and we would like to see a more prominent location.

An alternate suggestion – of far grater significance – is to name the area on the corner of George Street Nth and Argyle Street, Jack Mundey Square. There is a view that the decision can be changed so if you think this is a good idea then you need to write to the Secretary Geographic Names Board, PO Box 143, BATHURST NSW 2795 by 2nd September 2006. You can also email them on GNB@lands.nsw.gov.au    

You may like to use these dot points.

  • Writing to comment on Geographic Names Board proposal to name a location in Kendall Lane, The Rocks, “Jack Mundey Place”
  • This location hidden away in Kendall Lane – not readily visible
  • Request that the corner of George Street North and Argyle Street as “Jack Mundey Square”
  • This setting far more appropriate way to recognise someone of such standing in the community
  • Jack’s history in relation to saving The Rocks’
  • Jack’s history of selfless work for the wider community over many decades
  • Jack’s long-term commitment to protect our heritage and the environment.
  • Request that the Geographical Names Board reconsiders the present proposal and name the intersection of George Street North and Argyle Street, the Rocks, ‘Jack Mundey Square’

Have your say in current Consultations

Below we have listed the various Plans and Consultation Meetings currently looking for community input:

- NSW State Plan

The NSW Government is seeking community feedback on the Draft NSW State Plan (PDF 3.4mb). The State Plan “defines the goals and outcomes that the NSW Government and community together agree should shape public policy over the next 10 years. It is a plan for what the state government wants to achieve and it aims to be a clear guide for ongoing planning, co-operation and action within and across government agencies and between government and our partners in business, non-government organisations (NGOs) and local government. The consultation process will run for one month and will involve meetings with the community (selected at random), community leaders and local government leaders in locations across NSW. On August 25, the Premier will convene a meeting of major stakeholders to review the Draft State Plan.” This meeting will also be attended by Ministers and senior public servants. Additional meetings will be held with ethnic and Aboriginal communities. More information is available at http://www.nsw.gov.au/stateplan/. You can make comment on the plan on the web at Have Your Say.

- Prince Alfred Park Community Meeting - 2 September 2006 at Prince Alfred Park

The City of Sydney has developed a draft plan to upgrade Prince Alfred Park. A community meeting will be held in the park on Saturday 2 September at 11.00am to discuss the draft plans and hear your views. The draft plans follow from the City’s adoption of a Plan of Management for the park in December last year. The Plan of Management was developed in consultation with the local community to guide long term planning and maintenance of the park. It is also the guide for the design of this upgrade. The proposed works will enhance the park’s natural character, improve access and expand the sporting facilities. These facilities will be consolidated in the north-western corner of the park to allow maximum useable open space for passive recreation. A new skate plaza is also proposed.

The community meeting on 2 September 2006 will provide information about the proposed upgrade and an opportunity to comment prior to the lodgement of a Development Application (DA) for the pool complex and the Coronation Centre. There will also be further opportunity to comment during the DA process. The proposed time line for the work is: 2 September 2006 Community meeting to review design proposal; November 2006 Development Application to be lodged and; March 2007 Planned commencement of work. To obtain further information contact: Damon La’Rance Project Manager Tel: 02 9246 7767 Email: dlarance@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or Download Community Meeting Invitation | PDF 176Kb

- RWA Development Applications – until 4th September 2006

RWA DA 009-08-06. From: Australian Technology Park Precinct Management for Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh Temporary relocation of car parking spaces on the ATP site while building and road construction are undertaken on the site. Submissions open until 4th September 2006.

RWA DA 010-08-06. From Christopher Phillips 74 Regent Street Redfern for Change of use from a retail shop into a tattoo & body piercing studio. Submissions open until 4th September 2006

Further details on RWA Development Applications can be found on http://www.redfernwaterloo.nsw.gov.au/development_applications/development_proposals_on_exhibition.htm.

Details of RWA Determinations can be found at http://www.redfernwaterloo.nsw.gov.au/development_applications/notices_of_determination.htm.

- Discussion paper for Development Control Plan for Night Trading Premises – until 6th September 2006

Council is preparing a Development Control Plan for Night Trading Premises to help guide future development of late night retail and entertainment venues with the aim of balancing vibrant city life and the amenity of residents living at high densities. As a first step, the City has made a Discussion Paper available for public comment until 6 September 2006.  The paper outlines positive and negative aspects of night trading and includes a Draft Development Control Plan developed by the former South Sydney Council in 2003. Input from the discussion paper will also contribute to the city’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy, identifying strategies such as local Licensing Accords to address the negative impacts of drugs and alcohol.

As the Discussion Paper highlights, the pros and cons of late night trading are often at odds with one another, but it is obvious that good management of late night venues is crucial—particularly where pubs, clubs and restaurants are co-located within mixed use areas or residential areas. Another significant issue is new smoking restrictions, which mean many licensed venues are using the need for refurbishments to accommodate their smoking patrons as a catalyst to make major changes. At its last Council meeting, the City dealt with seven highly contentious Development Applications for late night trading premises. The City needs controls to deal with these applications. When the new City was crashed together in 2003 and 2004, there was no comprehensive policy for late night trading. The current legal framework has resulted in recent adverse findings in Land and Environment Court cases. 

If you would like to participate in the consultation over coming months, please contact Nicholas Knezevic, Specialist Planner at nknezevic@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or 9246 7769. Further details and a copy of the discussion paper can be downloaded from http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/OnExhibition/NightTradingPremisesDraftDiscussionPaper.asp.

- City of Sydney Draft Heritage Development Control Plan (DCP) 2006 – until 11th September 2006

The City of Sydney Draft Heritage Development Control Plan (DCP) 2006 seeks to amalgamate the controls relating to heritage buildings, sites and building elements into a single document. Copies of the draft can be obtained from City of Sydney service centres or downloaded from the City of Sydney link above. Submissions accepted up until 5.00 pm on 11th September 2006 and should be marked: “City of Sydney Draft Heritage Development Control Plan” and addressed to: Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney, GPO Box 1591, SYDNEY NSW 2001.

- Redfern Park Draft Plan of Management and Draft Masterplan - until 20 September 2006

The proposed plans can be viewed at the Town Hall One Stop Shop, the Redfern Neighbourhood Service Centre, Redfern Community Centre, the Waterloo Library and the Erskineville Neighbourhood Centre. More information can be found on the council website at Redfern Park Draft Plan of Management & Draft Master Plan. The documents can also be downloaded from the City of Sydney Website from the links below - but be warned some of the documents are quite large and will take a while if you are on dial up.

Redfern Park Plan of Management & Tree Management Plan | PDF 2.7Mb; 1. Master Plan | PDF 2.6Mb;  2. Aerial Perspective | PDF 1.3Mb; 3. Park Perspective + Stand Plans | PDF 1.1Mb; 4. Park Structure Materials | PDF 1.2Mb; 5. Grandstand Comparison Study | PDF 1.8Mb.

Written submissions accepted up until 5.00pm on 20 September 2006 addressed to: Redfern Park Draft Plan of Management, GPO Box 1591, Sydney NSW 2001.

- Draft Companion Animals Policy - until 27 September 2006

City of Sydney has prepared a draft Companion Animals Policy that aims to promote responsible pet ownership through community education, improved facilities, and equitable access to public parks for all residents.

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • promote harmony and equitable access to parks and gardens
  • promote the rights and responsibilities of animals and their owners in balance with the rights and responsibilities of others in the community
  • encourage and reinforce responsible animal ownership, particularly in relation to picking up waste and having control at all times
  • establish guidelines for identifying sufficient, suitable off-leash parks for dog exercise
  • promote companion animal ownership through education and information using sanctions as a last resort
  • educate non-pet owners and children on animal behaviour and how to interact with other people’s pets
  • educate general community about benefits of pet ownership, particularly in relation to physical and emotional health of pet owners.

It is estimated that companion animal ownership saves Australia about $2 billion a year in healthcare costs.

The documents are on public exhibition until 27 September 2006 and you are invited to comment on the draft Companion Animals Policy. Copies can be viewed at Council One Stop Shops and Neighbourhood Service Centres or downloaded from http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/OnExhibition/CompanionAnimalsDraftPolicy.asp 

- City’s Cycling Strategy on Exhibition - until 30th September 2006

The City's Draft Cycle Strategy, on public exhibition until 30 September, aims to achieve an effective and accessible cycle network, with major routes less than a five minute easy ride from every residence (no more than 1.5-2 kilometres). This coordinated network will be backed up by action on other local streets to improve cycling safety and convenience, and will complement the Roads and Traffic Authority's (RTA) regional routes and recreational routes, such as the Sydney Harbour Cycleway and Alexandra Canal.

The plan includes strategies for greater community awareness about the benefits of cycling, improved network maintenance, better bicycle route signage and new "end of trip" facilities, such as parking, storage, change and shower facilities. Developed with the help of bike groups including Bicycle NSW, BIKEast and BikeSydney, the strategy sets out the City's commitment over the next 10 years and builds on recent street upgrades and initiatives to encourage greater cycling participation. The Strategy sets a target of increasing current cycle rates from two percent of trips in Sydney to five per cent in 2011 and 10 per cent by 2016. Through these plans, the City hopes to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, decrease accidents, and improve the health of residents and visitors through increased physical activity.

The City's current capital works budget includes $1.25M to implement the Strategy, with a further $750,000 each year for the next three years. Additional funding will also be provided for cycling facilities through the City's street upgrade programs. Full implementation of the strategy depends on the RTA completing regional cycle routes, and the City will be working cooperatively with the State Government to achieve the effective network envisaged by the plan. Full details of the Draft Cycle Strategy and maps of the Cycleways can be found at http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/OnExhibition/DraftCycleStrategy.asp.

As we mentioned a couple of RWIUs ago some Chippendale residents and business owners have developed a proposal for a green pedestrian and cycle route through Chippendale for some time. If you missed that article also have a look at the The Parkway + the City’s draft cycle strategy which might be worth a mention in your submission.

University of Sydney Union (USU) Public Issues Forum: What is the Future of the Block? - Tuesday, 29 August 1pm-2pm

University of Sydney Union (USU) Public Issues Forum: What is the Future of the Block? - The NSW State Government's Redfern-Waterloo Authority is responsible for "revitalising" Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh and Darlington through "urban renewal, improved human services and job creation". However there has been significant community opposition to its development proposals. Meanwhile, the future of the Aboriginal Housing Company's Pemulwuy Project remains uncertain. This USU public issues forum will address the question: what is the future of the Block?

The forum will be held on Tuesday, 29 August 1pm-2pm at the Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275, Sydney University (just off City Rd, near the footbridge). All are welcome. The forum includes speakers on:

-          The Pemulwuy Project (Peter Valilis, Aboriginal Housing Company)

-          Community responses to the Redfern Waterloo-Authority (Geoff Turnbull, REDWatch and Redfern resident)

-          The Kids Rock the Block Concert (Donald Enoch, Community worker)

History Week 16-24 September 06 Local Events

Early days: local government in Redfern: Exhibition – 16-24 September

View a pictorial exhibition illustrating the beginnings of the Redfern municipality at Waterloo Library, 770 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am to 6pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10am to 7pm Saturday: 9am to 4pm. Closed Sunday.

Redfern: Local Government Local History - Saturday 16 September at 2.00pm to 3:30pm

Councillor Phillip Black discusses the early history and local government in Redfern at Waterloo Library, Level 1, 770 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo. Free but Bookings Essential. Contact Waterloo Library on 9288 5688. Transport Bus 343 from Circular Quay via Central or 355 from Newtown.

Redfern-Nothing to be scared of – 19 and 24 September 2006 10.30am

Redfern's reputation precedes it; not always in a good way. This walk illustrates the layers of history that have contributed to make up the Redfern community over 150 years and dispels the myths of Redfern's rough reputation. Meet at Godden Mackay Logan, 78 George Street Cost: $10 Bookings essential (15 people).Organised by Godden Mackay Logan 93194811, mark@gml.com.au  www.gml.com.au

Redfern/Waterloo National Trust of Australia (NSW) guided tour – 21st September 2006 10-30am – 3pm

The tour will include a guided tour of the large erecting shed, the Eveleigh site, small workshops and a tour of the built environment of Redfern/Waterloo Urban Conservation Area listed by the National Trust. The guided tour will be conducted by professional experts on Railways and Redfern/Waterloo. Please note appropriate footwear (closed in shoes) and no loose clothing is required for the tour. As both sites are earmarked for future development, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Cost $20.00 per person. Lunch is not provided. The foyer café is available in the Technology Park. Bookings are essential as there is limited numbers (30) on the tour. Contact: Mara Barnes on 02 92580161. Meet at Australian Technology Park, Cornwallis Street Thursday 21 September 2006 at 10-30am to 3-00pm.

Many other events are organised for History Week. For information pick up a brochure from a Council one stop shop, neighbour centres or library or visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/history.

Future Lord Mayor Community Forums

Inner West: Camperdown, Chippendale, Darlington, Erskineville, Newtown & MacDonaldtown - Monday 25 September 6 - 8.30pm Venue: Brown Street Community Hall, 8-10 Brown St (rear of Newtown Library)

Inner South: Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh - Monday 30 October 6 - 8.30pm Venue: Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street, Redfern

In the Media

In the follow up to the Block Rally the 16th August 2006 Sydney Central Courier ran an article on Anthony 'The Man' Mundine keeping everybody guessing about his political aspirations in the article Is he up for the fight?. Kristina Keneally in her latest Heffron E-Herald 18 August 2006 also has a couple of other articles of particular interest to Redfern Waterloo. She reports that State Transit will run six additional bus services in the AM and PM peaks on local bus routes in Heffron. With a common peak hour complaint in Redfern Waterloo of buses being full by the time they get to Redfern Waterloo this may also assist Redfern Waterloo peak hour travellers as well. Further details on the extra buses can be found in the article More Local Bus Services for Heffron. Kristina Keneally also reports on Hillsong’s plans for a new auditorium and facilities in Rosebery which would allow Hillsong to move from its current site in Waterloo in Hillsong Rosebery Project. Finally in a follow up to the South Sydney Herald article about church groups and their concerns about the new welfare-to-work program we notice in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that Hillsong thinks again on welfare.

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