On Monday morning, demolition started on the old Royal South Sydney Hospital site in Zetland.
After years of planning, technical studies, design, community consultation and economic feasibility assessments for Green Square, it is truly significant to finally be demolishing buildings on the site.
Green Square, an $8 billion, 278 hectare development, first earmarked for development in the 1990s, will provide 20,000 new homes, 22,000 jobs and house 40,000 new residents.
There will be new community facilities, improved transport links and retail and social precincts to transform Green Square area into one of the city's key destinations.
Four heritage buildings have been earmarked for community use and they will be fitted out to help reduce energy and water use and costs across Green Square.
Fourteen derelict or condemned buildings will be demolished by the end of this year after asbestos and lead-based paints are removed by a specialist contractor.
The City is revising the current planning controls for the Green Square Town Centre. If endorsed by Council they will be forwarded to the NSW Government for approval. Development applications for the Green Square site are expected to be lodged later this year.
The City is also working with the NSW Government to improve public transport in the area. I have called for light rail to Green Square with more frequent bus services in the short-term connecting to the Green Square and Mascot railway stations.