Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Geoff Turnbull

Geoff Turnbull is the spokesperson for REDWatch, the residents group that covers the inner Sydney suburbs of Redfern Eveleigh Darlington and Waterloo (REDW). He has held this role since REDWatch was established in 2004 and maintains the REDWatch website which has documented government initiatives in the area since the early 2000’s.

Geoff has lived in Lawson Street Redfern since 1978 and has run a small import export company in the area since 1990. He undertakes his community work on a voluntary basis. With his wife Lyn they produced the emailed Redfern Waterloo Issues Update for several years. He has been contributing articles to the South Sydney Herald since 2004 and mainly focuses on planning, policy and social equity issues.

Geoff has served on the Redfern Waterloo Authority (RWA) Built Environment Ministerial Advisory Committee (BEMAC) (2005-2011), was a member of the Redfern Waterloo Heritage Taskforce (2010 and 2011) and since 2009 Geoff has also been the REDWatch representative on the Roll Up Redfern committee. He has held executive positions in the former Redfern Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and been a member of advisory committees for the AHC’s Pemulwuy Project and for Redfern Legal Service as well as campaigns to save Eveleigh Heritage. Geoff is on the Management Committee of The Factory Community Centre where he is currently Secretary. He is active in the Groundswell Coalition and the Lift Redfern Campaign.


Waterloo South taking shape

The Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE) has released its assessment of Waterloo South. As it was the Council proposal, with three towers on...

Public housing developments

The Planning Proposal for Land and Housing Corporation’s (LAHC) 600-660 Elizabeth Street Redfern site, is now on exhibition with a drop-in community consultation on-site...

What a difference a bridge would make

It would take four minutes to walk across the railway on a bridge between Carriageworks and the western end of South Eveleigh’s Locomotive Workshop....

Investment needed in Aboriginal and social housing

The Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign has renewed its call for Aboriginal housing and employment in Waterloo South saying the government has “no...

Waterloo South planning taken from Council

Minister Stokes and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) are now responsible for determining the future shape of the Waterloo South public...

Waterloo South proposals – stacking Lego blocks

The proposals for the future of Waterloo South produced by the City of Sydney Council (CoS) and Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) are now public.

Innovation Plaza – public space or retail encroachment?

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is hoping for approval to start work on the Redfern Station Southern Concourse before Christmas so it can use seasonal track closures. So expect activity at the station and occasional closures to the platform 10 exit.

Waterloo metro takes shape

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is hoping for approval to start work on the Redfern Station Southern Concourse before Christmas so it can use seasonal track closures. So expect activity at the station and occasional closures to the platform 10 exit.

Plans for Redfern and North Eveleigh

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is hoping for approval to start work on the Redfern Station Southern Concourse before Christmas so it can use seasonal track closures. So expect activity at the station and occasional closures to the platform 10 exit.

New city public housing redevelopments

LAHC has announced two new public housing redevelopments in the City of Sydney. It has put proposals for the redevelopment of Franklyn Street Glebe and Explorer Street South Eveleigh out for pre-lodgement consultations until December 11 (see the communitiesplus.com.au website).

Human services plan for Waterloo

Council has released some more LAHC masterplan studies relating to Waterloo South. Also, DCJ District has received funding to undertake work on human service improvements in Waterloo.

Integration crucial in Redfern North Eveleigh rail development

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has three separate sites in planning around Redfern station and North Eveleigh. SSH has previously reported on the proposed Southern...

Ministers agree to Waterloo cuts

Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) defunded the Waterloo Community Development, Aboriginal Liaison and Bilingual Workers (Mandarin and Russian) in June. Local organisations, Counterpoint Community...

Waterloo South – Council releases details

Since Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) released the Waterloo South artist impressions, Council has released further details. A map with building heights compares LAHC’s...

Waterloo estate – half a plan

The six high-rise towers are not covered by the Waterloo public housing rezoning plan lodged by Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) with the City of Sydney. In an earlier LAHC staging plan, the excluded area is not redeveloped for 13 to 18 years. The towers are now divided into two new precincts, Waterloo Central (Banks, Cook and shops) and Waterloo North (Marton, Turanga, Matavai and Solander).

Council process for rezoning Redfern and Waterloo public housing

There are a number of opportunities for the community to have a say in the City of Sydney (CoS) rezoning process. Before the Land and Housing Corporation’s (LAHC) proposal is officially exhibited, it goes through a council process that makes the proposal and its supporting documents publicly available. This allows the community input.

Build-to-rent rezoning proposal to Council

REDFERN: Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) submitted its rezoning proposal for the PCYC site and adjoining land at 600-660 Elizabeth Street to City of...

Station upgrade plans falling short?

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) held a short consultation for a proposed new six metre wide southern concourse for Redfern Station in the second half of May and early June - But it falls short of the full accessibility upgrade Redfern rail users seek.

Metro Quarter masterplan on exhibition

Masterplan and concept development applications for the Waterloo Metro Quarter to sit above the approved metro station design are both are on exhibition for public comment by January 30, 2019.

Tenants shocked by loss of local services

Redfern and Waterloo tenants were shocked to hear that Laura Kelly and David White would depart by late November.

Getting ready for Waterloo options

A white board animation on YouTube explains how the planning process for the Waterloo estate redevelopment works

Metro Quarter railroads public housing tenants

Undertakings given to public housing tenants broken as Metro Quarter exhibition is fast-tracked.

Significance of precinct announcement

The government proposes the creation of a mixed social and private development on the site under the Communities Plus program

An Aboriginal affordable housing ask for Waterloo?

One of the big questions about the redevelopment of Waterloo Estate is what will be in this for the Aboriginal community.

 Who’s who in Waterloo – April 7, 2017

A guide to the groups currently working on the Waterloo Public Housing Estate redevelopment.

Independent assistance for master planning

Kira Osborne and Thomas Chailloux have started work to independently resource tenants and community during planning for the Waterloo redevelopment.

Heritage operator derailed

Heritage rail operator, 3801 Ltd, after two years of difficult dealings with Transport Heritage NSW, was locked out of Eveleigh’s Large Erecting Shop (LES) at the end of January 2017.

AHC seeks student housing change to fund Pemulwuy

The Aboriginal Housing Company is seeking to revise its plans for student housing along the railway line to pay for the Pemulwuy Project.

Rachel Forster increase?

Developer wants to increase the number of units in its plans on former Rachel Forster site in Redfern.

Social mix: mantra masking reality

Rather than talking about developers selling off 70 per cent of a development on the private market to build 30 per cent of the...

Waterloo fog may be about to lift 

LAHC and Family and Community Services (FACS) with support from UrbanGrowth will commence the master planning process, including engagement and consultation, late in 2016....

Lessons of history – local connections

Reflections and contrasts: southern Africa's surprising connections with our local issues.

Redeveloping Waterloo – here we go again

The NSW Government’s Christmas present to Waterloo public tenants was the announcement that planning to redevelop their homes would start in early 2016!

Technology Park sold

Prior to the sale, the Council-approved subdivision of the ATP was registered ensuring that the public domain was defined and separated from the existing...

Lawson Street bike and pedestrian improvements

Connecting the Wilson Street and Wells Street cycleways The proposal includes a separated cycleway across the northern side of the Lawson Street railway bridge, which...

North Eveleigh development fast-tracked

UrbanGrowth proposes a slightly expanded park on the western end of the site with the heritage Clothing Store becoming community and retail space rather...

Opportunity to respond to Sydney University plans

There is opportunity to comment on Sydney University’s Campus Improvement Plan.

Early Central to Eveleigh timeframe

The Redfern Precinct, taking in Redfern Station and the Redfern end of North Eveleigh, is considered medium-term at 5-10 years, while the Central Station...

Back-tracking to days of steam power

EVELEIGH: Over 400 locals, railway enthusiasts and industrial heritage buffs were transported to a bygone era of steam trains and handmade machinery at the Heritage Community Days on May 16 and 17 at the Australian Technology Park and the Large Erecting Shop.

Sydney Uni expands on plans

Sydney University is seeking approval for a 68 per-cent increase to its Camperdown-Darlington campus floor space by the end of 2020. This will accommodate a 21 per-cent increase in students on the campus as well as 4,000 units of “affordable” student accommodation.

Sydney Uni – consultation disaster

Inexplicably, the University did not follow these requirements and included broad community comments from earlier consultations. The community groups only saw details when the...

Lift for Redfern’s Inner West platform

REDFERN: Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the first lift at Redfern station will be on the Inner West line on platform 6 and 7, allowing access to frequent services to the city as well as services to centres such as Newtown, Burwood and Strathfield. The statement coincided with opal ticketing being introduced at Redfern for the now 50,000 customers passing through the station every day.

Central to Eveleigh consultations

UrbanGrowth NSW recently undertook three workshops in the initial stage of its investigation into the Central to Eveleigh railway corridor.

North Eveleigh by 2015

In March the SSH revealed that the RWA had secured funding in April 2010 from the Federal Housing Affordability Fund. While this was only finalised earlier this year the SMDA has been preparing plans to deliver 61 affordable housing units at North Eveleigh by December 2014.

Central to Eveleigh density

The plans for Central to Eveleigh are so big the SSH could not fit them with the article in last month’s issue so we carried them over to this issue. Below is the map released with the announcement of this “Global Precinct Opportunity”.

Central to Eveleigh redevelopment – it’s big!

NSW cabinet recently decided redevelopment of the railway corridor stretching three kilometres from the CBD’s Goulburn Street car park to Macdonaldtown would be part of an international Expression Of Interest (EOI) process.

Planning – a new approach?

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI) has put on exhibition until June 28 both a 200 page A New Planning System for NSW...

Growth targets inner city

 If you live on a major transport corridor and are close to the city your area will likely be targeted to absorb the extra...

Making cities, building communities

City making is everybody’s responsibility. It is a civic responsibility and not just the responsibility of the government, planners, architects, developers and builders. It is a civic responsibility because we all have to live in or with what is built in our neighbourhoods.

NSW fails easy access

Transport for NSW issued its Disability Action Plan 2012–2017 in December 2012. The Action Plan confirms that Transport NSW has not met the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 target of having 55 per cent of stations accessible by 2012. Under the Act, 90 per cent of stations are to be accessible by 2017 and 100 per cent by 2022.