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Waterloo South – taking shape

Sydney University students have used the new planning controls and design guide for Waterloo South to produce a scale model of what might be built. While the final building design will differ, the size and general form of the buildings will be like that in the photo above (and those on the REDWatch Facebook page).

Meanwhile, the Department of Planning and Environment undertook a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for the Explorer Street (Eveleigh) rezoning and this study gives us an insight regarding the social impacts that Waterloo is also experiencing.

The Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) developers must do a SIA for Waterloo with its first development application – which will be nine to 10 years after the project was announced. You can find out more about the SIA on the REDWatch website.

Before Christmas, LAHC expects to announce the remaining two consortiums in the competition to undertake the Waterloo South development. Only three consortiums are left after the Frazer’s consortium with Bridge Housing pulled out when the new government asked developers to increase their affordable housing contributions to 20 per cent. Waterloo tenants are to be notified before the public release of the information.

A newsletter is expected before Christmas and LAHC is holding an end-of-year event on Waterloo Green on Friday December 8 from 3pm. The Waterloo Connect Office at 95 Wellington Street (opposite OzHarvest) has reopened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-4pm.

February 1, 2024, will see the start of Homes NSW from the amalgamation of Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Housing, LAHC and the Aboriginal Housing Office within the DCJ cluster. The recruitment of the Homes CEO and planning the operational structure of the new body are currently underway.

Over the holiday period, SSH will provide updates on its website.

Geoff Turnbull is the spokesperson for REDWatch.

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