(10.30am, Saturday 20 September 2014, Green Square Markets, Joynton Avenue)
Thank you, Maria [Pavlides], and welcome, everyone.
Today's an opportunity to find out more about the work the City is doing for Green Square and - importantly - for you to tell us what you think.
Green Square is one of the largest urban redevelopments in Australia Â- it's 278 hectares.
With nearly 10,000 apartments due to be completed over the next four years, Green Square's population is will increase by 19,000 people by 2019. When it's fully completed in 2030, more than 50,000 people will live here.
The City of Sydney is planning a high-quality, sustainable environment for Green Square, with community facilities and infrastructure for new residents. We want excellent design and we want the town centre to be an exciting destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, living and working.
We have committed $440 million over the next 10 years to create the streets, parks and gardens, pedestrian and cycle paths, public art and a range of community facilities.
We're currently asking for your input into a number of these facilities, including:
- The Drying Green - a new 5,500 square metre park in the Town Centre.
- Our plans for parks and open spaces across the entire Green Square area. As Green Square grows and more people move in, parks and open spaces will become increasingly important. We want to hear from you as to how you currently use your park and the facilities you'd like to see in new parks
- Plans for the former South Sydney Hospital site, which will become an exciting mix of creative, community and open spaces. We're looking for your input on the design of open spaces, the naming of the Creative Centre and the naming of the Community Shed.
I'd also like to quickly update you on some of our other major projects.
Following an international design competition for our Town Centre Library and Plaza project, which was won by young local architects Stewart Hollenstein, the development proposal is being assessed. Construction is expected to begin next year.
Construction on the childcare centre should also commence in 2015.
And we're expecting to announce the winner of our Aquatic Centre design competition in November, with work to start on the park and pool next year.
City staff are here today to talk with you about these or other Green Square projects.
The Green Square consortium has started early works on removing concrete slabs and paving, and clearing some vegetation. It will ultimately deliver 40 per cent of the private development in the town centre.
We have a development model available for viewing at the Tote building, just a short work from here, on Joynton Avenue.
We also know that excellent public transport is essential for the success of the area and we continue to work with the NSW Government to highlight the need for more buses and light rail for the future.
Feel free to talk to staff, ask questions, and have a good look around.
There's more information on our Green Square web pages, and you can sign up to our e newsletter to keep updated.
In addition, the City has an info hub here at the markets every second Saturday, with community groups, local business owners, developers and City staff here to answer your questions.
You might also want to visit your neighbourhood service centre and library at the Tote.
There's no need to submit your thoughts today: you can always give us your feedback online, or at our Customer Services Centres.
Thank you all for coming, and enjoy the markets.