Waterloo Social Housing Meeting

The RedWater Markets has grown to reach capacity at 50 stalls. They're held in Redfern Park on the third Saturday of the month, so the next will be on Saturday August 17.

The Waterloo Recycling Workshop meets every Friday morning from 8.30am at Waterloo Green. You can find recycled household and furniture items at very reasonable prices, though white goods and electrical items aren't sold there.

The Cycle Recycle Club meets twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm-8.30pm under the Turunga Building at 1 Phillip Street. You'll find it across the car-park in the garage below the building.

Family and Culture Day events have now moved from The Block to Waterloo Green, and they're hold every second month. The next will be on Saturday August 31.

The last Playgroups in the Park for local children aged up to 5 was held in June and attracted 750 residents. The next will be on Tuesday, September 17 at Redfern Park.

Our annual Pet Day will be held from 11am to 3pm in Ward Park on Saturday September 28. Operation Cat will be running in Surry Hills from September 2-11.

This program, which the City has run for some years, offers discounted de-sexing for your cats.

Summer on the Green will be held on Friday December 6 from 3pm to 6pm.

The local community celebrated NAIDOC Week with some great events in the area. NCIE hosted a fabulous day down on George Street, and the July 14 event at Redfern Oval had a wonderful turn-out of nearly 1,000 residents, who were also celebrating Family and Culture Day.

ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS

The latest APA/AFZ renewal and proposed sites went to Council in July. They included publicly accessible Land & Housing Corporation areas in Waterloo, bounded by Wellington, George, McEvoy and Elizabeth Streets.

SHARPS BINS

Housing NSW is working with the Neighbourhood Advisory Boards in Redfern and Waterloo over the installation of two sharps bins on Housing NSW land. The Waterloo Well-being and Safety Action Group has been lobbying for sharps bins for some time and is now hopeful of a positive result soon.

BEYOND WALLS

The group meets from 10.30 each Thursday morning in the Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre, linking members to services and referrals.

A Hepatitis C Awareness Day was hosted in July, giving people access to free liver testing and other health information.

Funding is being sought to expand this program because it had a significant impact in 2011 and 2013 when it was running full-time.

LIFT REDFERN CAMPAIGN

The campaign has carried out a number of projects this year. They included the Sydney University Students "Engineers without Borders" project that posed an engineering problem of how to transport and elephant to and from a station platform. The winning entry took a $100 cash prize.

A second project was in partnership with the Sydney Story Factory and Alexandria Park Community School. This engaged the children in grades five in six in workshops discussing local community issues. The children did a fantastic job, and even created their own superhero, RL.

They also wrote to the Transport Minister urging her to install a lift at Redfern Station.

HOUSING NSW

The security firm SNP has taken over the concierge contract in the six high-rise buildings from July 1. They've been engaged for an initial three months while discussions take place about this vital service.

The Land & Housing Corporations is continuing tree pruning in a number of locations around Waterloo.

Housing NSW has now been aligned with the local health districts. The Sussex Street office has moved to the corner of Chalmers and Cleveland Streets, along with other FACS departments. Housing staff who are here today can give you more information.

The City continues to meet with Housing NSW and the Land & Housing Corporation as asset manager to address issues such as:

  • Companion animals
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Crime prevention and safety
  • Access to grants and services
  • Alcohol management in public places
  • High-rise living
  • Community engagement
  • Long-term asset planning and
  • Government strategies to meet the need for affordable housing.

OLDER PEOPLE

The Factory Community Centre, in partnership with the YWCA, is running a 12-week health program for housing tenants in Redfern and Waterloo. It's held every Thursday at Poet's Corner, and for more information on the weekly health talks, speak to Laura at The Factory.

The new GOLD brochure is out with a terrific array of activities for older people - circus classes, aqua aerobics, walking groups, pottery, photography, knitting, film-making and computer classes.

SAFETY STRATEGY AND WELL-BEING PLAN

The City is in the process of writing a new Safe City Strategy. A Social Housing Well-being and Safety Action Plan is proposed as one of the action plans that will sit under the new strategy.

We're planning to hold consultations and surveys over the next few months and Dom Grenot, Social Housing Project Manager, Safe City, can give you more information about this.

CYCLEWAYS

The City is upgrading George Street in Redfern with a separated cycleway to improve pedestrian safety and provide a cycle link between Green Square and Central Station. The work includes:

  • Better street lighting
  • New paving and improved pedestrian access
  • Traffic calming and
  • New trees and grass.

For more information, visit sydneycycleways.net

MOTHERS OF REDFERN AND WATERLOO

This is a community project using photography to celebrate the role of motherhood, and the bond that is shared between mothers.

It has two aims: to give 20 mothers the gift of family portraits, and to share the images and stories of these women in an exhibition to be held next March as part of International Women's Day. The project recognises the tremendous role that mothers play in our community, and celebrates the bond that exists between all mothers.

For more information, or if you are interested in taking part, please send Anna a message via Facebook, or email her at mothersofredfernwaterloo@gamil.com, or you could ask a staff member at The Factory.

TAX HELP

The Factory is running the free Tax Help program on Monday mornings until late October. Residents can make an appointment with the tax volunteer, who also speaks Mandarin.

THE FACTORY COMMUNITY CENTRE MEMBERSHIP

Did you know that you can become a member of the Factory Community Centre for just $2 a year?

As a Centre member, you are kept up-to-date and involved with local issues. There is a regular newsletter, a copy of the annual report; reduced fees for room hire and the opportunity to stand for election to the management committee.

If you'd like to become a member, please speak to a member of staff at The Factory.

Thank you.