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Challenges continue for Waterloo

By John Moyle It has been a week of mixed emotions in the Waterloo Estate with the announcement of Mission Australia as the new provider of the social housing Tenant Participation Engagement (TPCE) program, replacing two highly valued workers from local community organisations. The week also brought news of an extension of the consultation phase […]

Tenancy reforms help women leave violence

By Lanie Tindale  Proposed NSW tenancy law reforms allowing domestic violence victims to end their tenancies immediately, has widespread support among politicians and domestic violence specialists.   These changes mean that domestic violence victims will be able to terminate their tenancy without penalty and will prevent them from being blacklisted by landlords because of property damage caused by an abusive partner. Senior solicitor Kellie McDonald […]

Waterloo faces its waterloo

BY JOHN MOYLE The re-imaging of the Waterloo Estate is the largest social engineering experiment ever undertaken by the State of NSW in Sydney’s inner city area. It will also be one of the biggest real estate ker-chings into State coffers since the development and sell-off of Darling Harbour in the mid-eighties. The undertaking by […]

But Siriusly

COMMENT BY JIM ANDERSON I have to confess to being a late convert to the SOS (Save Our Sirius) cause, but on a hot January day last week, I found myself taking a walk up from Circular Quay to have my first close look at the building in question. It was practically love at first […]

Millers Point malaise

BY ALEC SMART The last four tenants in Millers Point social housing are facing imminent eviction as the NSW Government finalises the sell-off of their homes, on behalf of Family and Community Services (FACS). And yet the sold-off properties, which caused the eviction of almost 500 long-term tenants, aren’t bustling with new families or city […]

Towers illuminate to meet their Waterloo

BY ALEC SMART The twin towers at the centre of Waterloo public housing estate have been illuminated with squares of coloured lighting for an arts project that draws attention to their uncertain future. Visible from a distance, the 30-storey high Matavai and Turanga building windows light up at 5.30pm each evening with a display that […]

Sirius business: a brutalist victory

BY ALEX EUGENE A local community group has won their court case against the state government. The Sirius building, Millers Point will now be heritage listed, after the former NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman failed to do so in 2014. Mr Speakman claimed listing the building would reduce its sale value by almost $70million. The […]

Parramatta Road to house 60,000 new dwellings

The Baird Government has been forced to release the draft plan for the future Parramatta road which reveals 60,000 new dwellings as the target. The development being labelled the ‘new’ Parramatta Road will be the biggest so far in terms of housing that is planned for Sydney. The number of houses along the corridor is […]

International Summit overshadowed by Treasurer’s ‘mistake’

  The Bays Precinct international summit was held last Wednesday and Thursday (November 20-21) and saw hundreds of international experts converge on The Australian Technology Park to help decide the future of the precinct. But the event has been overshadowed by a remark made by the Treasurer of NSW, Andrew Constance. “The Bays Precinct Urban […]

Bays precinct international summit speakers announced

The Minister for Planning, Pru Goward has announced the dignitaries who will speak at the Bays Precinct International Summit.  The announcement comes after two ‘people’s summits’ held by both the City of Sydney and Leichhardt council to hear community concern. The International summit will take place over Saturday and Sunday (November 22-23) and will be […]