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A bench seat to honour community champion

WATERLOO: On May 13, community leaders, volunteers and friends gathered at the Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre to remember Ross Smith (dec. 2016), and to unveil...

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.

Counterpoint merger

Two South Sydney community groups with over 90 years of combined experience join forces as Counterpoint Community Services.

Invaluable contribution of volunteers

The Redfern & Waterloo Volunteer Awards, presented by the Redfern & Waterloo Neighbourhood Advisory Board Events Group, will be held at the Erskineville Bowling...

Community gathers to remember Ross Leslie Smith (1941–2016)

Michael Shreenan from The Factory anchored the morning, which was opened with an Acknowledgement of Country by Auntie Millie Ingram and closed by the...

Disrespect of vital community

WATERLOO: It’s common knowledge that Christmas can be a particularly anxious season for many vulnerable people. The timing of the government’s announcement of plans to redevelop the Waterloo estate, and the means by which those plans have been communicated, strikes many residents and housing representatives as highly insensitive and disrespectful.

Proposed drunken violence laws stir up debate

Parliament is set to be recalled early to consider a package of legislative reforms, which could be in place by early 2014. The proposed changes...

Lift Redfern campaign – Where to next?

REDFERN: Since the parliamentary debate in August last year regarding the lack of accessibility at Redfern station, and a petition of over 11,000 signatures, the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan has been released. It recognises that an upgrade at Redfern is needed but sees it as only a medium-term priority, which optimistically means we could be waiting another five to 10 years for any work to begin at the station.

Demonising public housing tenants?

During the holiday season public tenants received letters from Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward urging them to declare their unauthorised occupants and to phone a “dob in” phone line to report their neighbours.

New health officer links services to community

Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) will appoint a senior officer to act as a community liaison representative. The role has been created following requests from REDWatch and The Factory Community Centre to make the existing health services more accessible to the community.

Time runs out for outreach?

WATERLOO: The Factory Community Centre currently runs a program that is funded by the federal government under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Beyond Walls Outreach helps to reduce anti-social behaviour on the streets, through educational and diversionary outreach activities in the local area, engaging with substance misusers. Pilot funding is coming to an end (in January 2013), and the vicious cycle threatens to start up again.

Factory wins business award

Waterloo’s Factory Community Centre was declared Community and Social Services category winner of the 2012 Sydney Business Awards early last month.