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Tenants’ wish list for Waterloo estate redevelopment

1. That there be appropriate, genuine and sensitive consultation with the existing public housing tenant body prior to the formulation of any redevelopment proposal.

2. That there be a timely and full supply of information to existing tenants at all stages of the redevelopment process.

3. That the mistakes from the 1970s slum clearances in Waterloo not be repeated.

4. That the mistakes made during the redevelopment of more than a dozen public housing estates, such as Redfern East and Millers Point, be avoided.

5. That there be a fully-developed and adequately-funded community regeneration/preservation plan in place before any works commence, with meaningful input from the existing community.

6. That all steps possible be taken to preserve the existing public housing tenant community.

7. That any social impact study captures the diversity of the public housing tenant body.

8. That a community worker service to help the existing tenants through any estate redevelopment be provided from before the announcement of works to at least six months after works completion.

9. That an adequately resourced reference group, consisting predominantly of tenants, be set up to liaise with government and developer stakeholders at all stages of the redevelopment project.

10. That a community study and assessment project, similar to that undertaken at Minto, be conducted and used to inform the development of the project, with annual follow up studies to follow.

11. That the community safety taskforce report developed as part of the Premier’s Department’s Redfern-Waterloo Partnership Project be used as a benchmark for the redevelopment project, especially the report’s community development/enhancement and built environment sections.

12. That any information or report developed with tenants’ input be made available to the tenants at the same time as it is provided to those commissioning the report/information capture.

13. That any “social mix” program, as well as the overall redevelopment project, be formulated with due regard to the many published studies by recognised research organisations, with a view to avoiding negative impacts identified in those studies.

14. That all government departments and bodies supply adequate services to fully address and resolve any issues arising from the redevelopment and its legacy on or around the estates.

15. That there be no loss of or variation in the nature of any public housing tenancy and/or tenure arising from or during the redevelopment.

16. That existing green space and community facilities be increased proportionately on a per-capita basis to match any population density increase in the redevelopment area.

17. That a functional system be put in place to ensure the development and maintenance of a “seamless” community in the area affected by any changing social mix.

18. That the tenants’ knowledge of the estate and its workings be respected and valued at all times.

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