Community building in East Sydney

In 2013, we will open the Eternity Playhouse, a 200-seat theatre with great facilities for performers and guests. The heritage of the former Burton Street Tabernacle has been preserved and new lifts will provide all-abilities access.

We've asked local artists to submit their ideas for Foley Street, as part of our annual Streetware program. The artists selected will give Foley Street's blank walls an artistic makeover.

Artists, innovators and creative enterprises will be given the opportunity to rent spaces in properties the City owns along William Street. This follows the successful trial of affordable spaces along Oxford Street last year.

Heffron Hall will get a 21st century makeover. The 1966 community hall will soon have improved access and natural lights, a new multi-purpose space and kitchen for hire, rooftop solar panels and a rainwater tank. The hall will be better connected to neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve, which will also be improved with new landscaping and equipment.

There's a critical need for more childcare in Sydney, and the City will convert a building at 277 Bourke Street into a new childcare facility with more than 60 places.

After consulting with local residents, a new design will see a light-weight raised walkway connecting 277 Bourke Street with the playground. Berwick Lane will remain open and we will create a new park at 222 Palmer Street, the current site of the Frances Newton Kindergarten.

City staff will lodge a Development Application in the first half of 2013 and we will ask for your comments on the refined designs.

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