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Activity on The Block

REDFERN: On July 19 as I got my morning cup of tea, the sound of chainsaws close by made me rush back upstairs to see what was happening. Seeing workers on the railway side of Eveleigh Street on the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) land where student housing is to be built as part of the Pemulwuy Project, I quickly changed, grabbed the camera and hurried around the corner to The Block.

Clearing site for student housing Photo: Lyn Turnbull

Clearing site for student housing Photo: Lyn Turnbull

When I arrived a number of workers with a couple of trucks were cutting down trees planted on the former Pemulwuy Park in the last 10-15 years during the stalemate between former Minister Frank Sartor and the AHC before the Pemulwuy Project was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in 2012. By lunchtime the trees were all cleared.

There was also activity at the other end of Caroline Street as the City of Sydney is partway through structural repairs to its Redfern Terrace that, with its artwork by Reko Rennie and young local Aboriginal artists, was unveiled in 2013 to celebrate the launch of the Eora Journey series of Aboriginal artworks across the local government area.

Structural repairs to Redfern Terrace Photo: Lyn Turnbull

Structural repairs to Redfern Terrace Photo: Lyn Turnbull

The terrace is presently cordoned off to allow the “Welcome to Redfern” sign on the eastern wall to be removed temporarily to give access for repairs to the brick wall behind it. The sign will be reinstalled in consultation with the artist when all repairs to the edges of the mural and roof are complete.

Structural repairs for the City of Sydney Redfern Terrace with its artwork by Reko Rennie and young local Aboriginal artists.

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