Nina’s work will be guided by the Groundswell coalition of local organisations, including Inner Sydney Voice, Counterpoint, REDWatch, Redfern Legal Centre, Tenants’ Union of NSW and Shelter NSW. Although the bulk of community consultations, including the visioning program and options testing, have now been completed, she will assist the community in having their say when the preferred masterplan is on public exhibition later this year.
Nina will do so by facilitating existing discussions among tenants and community groups and ensuring the range of opinions is heard by NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) at this crucial point in the redevelopment.
“I believe the people who live in the Waterloo community should be at the centre of the decisions made about its redevelopment. They are the experts in the neighbourhood and ultimately have the most at stake when it comes to its future,” said Nina.
“I have a lot of respect for how diverse yet connected Waterloo is. I hope that, in some way, my role can help achieve more just outcomes in the face of the many challenges that come with a redevelopment of this significance.”
Nina has a master’s degree in cultural studies, with a study that looked at art and the built environment, and a professional background in research and writing. She also volunteers for asylum seekers and speaks Russian.