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Faculty opens, services cut, Green Sq ideas


Faculty opens

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) UTS Chancellor and Prof Vicki Sara (left) with Dame Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, and UTS Vice-Chancellor Prof Ross Milbourne, toasted the official opening of the first and largest of the three buildings in the university’s billion-dollar “City Campus Master Plan” on June 12.

The new UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT Building is set to transform both how students learn and Broadway with its innovative architectural design.

The faculty is on the corner of Broadway and Jones St, Ultimo.  It will be followed by the launch of UTS’s Business School, the Dr Chau Chak Wing building, Haymarket, and the UTS Science Faculty and Graduate School of Health, Thomas St.


Services cut

Marrickville Council has condemned the State Government’s new funding model for homelessness services, which will see 83 homelessness services such as women’s refuges closing across New South Wales.

The tender process results were announced on Friday. At least 10 specialist services and refuges will close in the inner west alone, Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said.

Services in the inner west which have lost tenders and are set to close include Jean’s Place, Marrickville; Elsie Women’s Refuge, Glebe; Fact Tree, Redfern, and Young People’s Refuge, Leichhardt.


Green Sq ideas

An urban beach, moonlight cinema and wetlands are among the ideas suggested for a new aquatic centre and park in the middle of the $8 billion greater Green Sq redevelopment.

The plans are among the five finalists shortlisted from 144 entries in the City of Sydney’s competition to design the Green Sq Aquatic Centre and neighbouring Gunyama Park.

Scenarios include a picket-fence reminder of traditional cricket fields, a central foyer with views, swimming pools sunken in revived wetlands, a beach with boardwalk and connected pools.
Finalists now prepare detailed designs and cost assessments. A jury will recommend a winner to the City and announce later this year.