Your input for ‘visioning phase’
Waterloo Estate is buzzing with redevelopment-related activities at the moment. It’s barely been a month since the Future Planning Centre has opened and it is already very successful.
Public housing tenants, private residents and passers-by are dropping in for a chat about the redevelopment and how they can get involved in planning conversations. Inner Sydney Voice and Counterpoint Community Services strongly encourage this tenant-led initiative and have been providing support in various ways, including supporting projects such as the community discussion organised by local residents and students about the book In Defence of Housing happening there on Thursday evenings between 6 and 7.30pm on August 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Counterpoint and Inner Sydney Voice’s projects are also going on and have attracted a fair bit of attention in the last few weeks. The site visit to Riverwood public housing organised specifically for Mandarin-speaking residents of the Waterloo Estate on Friday July 14 to discuss Master Planning issues and to hear about the experience of CALD tenants who went through its redevelopment process was booked out. We hope to organise similar activities for the various community groups who have identified an interest.
Community discussions in July included a workshop about different models of social housing management on Monday July 17 and one about Universal Design on Thursday July 20. During the first discussion, community housing providers operating in Sydney, Tenants Union NSW, independent expert Hal Pawson (UNSW), as well as community housing tenants, and of course Waterloo tenants shared about their social housing experiences. Dr Jane Bringolf from the Centre for Universal Design Australia facilitated the latter event, which allowed Waterloo residents to discuss ideas and practices that make places and buildings more accessible for older people as well as people with and without disabilities.
In the next few weeks, as was discussed at the Waterloo Redevelopment Group on July 19, the consultation process led by Kathy Jones & Associates (KJA) for LAHC will start engaging with the community and all the various groups within. After months of community preparation, it is now time to have your voices heard and consistently push your key messages, ensuring they are integrated in the Waterloo Redevelopment Master Plan. Kira Osborne and I will continue to support the community in diverse ways during this “visioning phase” of the LAHC Master Plan and we are always available if you would like independent advice or support.
Thomas Chailloux is Capacity Building Project Worker with Inner Sydney Voice: email email@example.com; mobile 0490 030 809. Thomas works Monday to Thursday.
Kira Osborne is Waterloo Redevelopment Community Development Officer with Counterpoint; email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 9698 9569 ext 6.