City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor since 2004, Clover Moore, has been returned as Lord Mayor with 51 per cent of the mayoral vote, down from 56 per cent in 2008. Apart from Clover Moore only Robert Kok and Irene Doutney will return from the previous council, while Robyn Kemmis returns to council after a term’s absence.
RedWater Montage – Volunteers … the heart of our Community is a booklet with 39 stories about what people do for others in Redfern and Waterloo, and where they do it. It is also a taster that might tempt others to step in and give a helping hand on a management committee, a campaign or with some odd jobs.
The Groundswell Coalition, made up of local community services and residents, is holding the second of its community training sessions in the Challenge 4 Change Course. The course aims to help residents and community workers pick up skills that will help them be more effective in bringing about change.
Keep a close eye on what happens with community consultation in the new planning system when the government responds to submissions to its Green Paper. The Green Paper was the Government’s initial response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the NSW Planning System. That review produced 374 recommendations, many of which, like the centrality of Environmentally Sustainable Development, went missing in the Green Paper.
In 2010 the Sydney University Vice Chancellor met with Darlington residents and promised the University would be a better neighbour. The promised follow-up meeting never eventuated and many in the local community did not believe that the University that ate Darlington would change. This view has been strengthened in dealings over the Abercrombie Street developments.
The draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan released in September recognises that work is required on Redfern Station, but sees it only as a medium-term priority. If you do not agree with the proposed timeframe then you should take the opportunity to say so before the exhibition closes on October 26 on the feedback form for section 3 or 4 of the Draft Plan.
REDFERN: CTV1 was Australia’s first cable TV station and launched in 1987. The channel was located in the basement of the McKell Building in Redfern and was unique, in that anyone could walk in the door and learn the skills required to work in front of or behind the camera.
SSH editor, Andrew Collis, will take part in the Melbourne Marathon on October 14 – on behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Company’s Pemulwuy Project.
CICADA International Inc. (Contemporary Independent Creative Artist Development Agency) is a not-for-profit association established in Redfern in July 2009. It has done, and is doing, some great things for Indigenous musicians.
WOOLLOOMOOLOO: The heritage-listed Juanita Nielson Centre is set to undergo a major makeover in 2014 in an effort to meet the changing demands of its residents and users. Owned and operated by the City of Sydney since 1984, the centre located on the corner of Dowling and Nicholson streets, provides a space for recreation for residents in the Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross areas.