277 Bourke Street Community Consultation

(2pm, Saturday 13 April 2013, Heffron Hall)

Hello, everyone. Welcome to our consultation. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.

Thank you for coming today.

Today, we want to take you through the designs for the childcare centre and associated works as we are about to submit the DA as I agreed to do at our last meeting.

We also have some initial plans for the two small parks at O'Brien Lane and 222 Palmer Street which will be upgraded as part of the project.

As you know, there is an urgent need for more childcare in the inner city. Census figures show that, in the City of Sydney, the number of households with children increased by over 44 per cent between 2001 and 2011. So it's no surprise that city-run child-care centres have enormous waiting lists.

The new centre will have over 60 places, spread over three levels, with a multi-functional community space on the lower-ground level to activate Berwick Lane.

As you can see from the information panels, we're planning to make improvements to Berwick Lane itself and the adjacent parts of Bourke and Liverpool Streets.

We're also renewing this hall and park as a centre for community activities and cultural events as another project. It'll have much-improved natural light, and it will also provide after-school care for up to 30 children.

The park will have new landscaping, furniture and play equipment, as well as better accessibility and better integration with this hall.

Together, these improvements will provide this community with a strong cultural core, some new and much-needed green space, and provide for the growing number of children.

Once again, thank you for coming here today and we'll be pleased to hear your comments on the refined design.