Community Fair at Green Square

(11.20am, Saturday 20 October 2012, Tote Park, Zetland)


Welcome everyone to Green Square's Community Fair.

I'd like to acknowledge the original custodians of our land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present, and I acknowledge the people of the 200 nations who live in our city.

Today is all about the Green Square community coming together, having fun and finding out about recent changes to one of our newest urban precincts. As I'm sure many of you would be aware, a number of exciting developments are now underway.

Today, I'm excited to announce the shortlist of architects for the landmark Green Square Town Centre Library and Plaza. An international judging panel had a tough job with the entries from 29 countries around the world being of really high quality.

Companies and individual architects from Asia, Europe, the UK, the US and South America - and from around Australia - submitted entries, reflecting Sydney's global city status. We want the results here in Green Square to be as stunning as our Surry Hills Library, which has won so many awards in Australia and internationally.

This week, we flew in the finalists to tour the site and prepare for the next phase when they will spend six weeks refining their plans.

The finalists are:

  • Matthias Hollenstein, Felicity Stewart & Colin Stewart, from Sydney, for their "urban living room" including a storytelling garden and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing.
  • JPE Design Studio from Adelaide, for their community gather place including terraced water features and a dynamic library interior.
  • John Wardle Architects of Melbourne, for their treetop reading spaces, outdoor room with a stream, a library with double height spaces.
  • Julian Flannery from the UK who proposed a roof oversailing the library building, with a performance porch, canopied community space and children's play area.
  • And finally from Perth, Felix Laboratories who suggest rolling landforms, a playground, reading room, game space and water sculptures.

They are all fascinating proposals, and all on display in the Tote Building, and also online at

Your input was important in preparing the brief, and it will also be important in finalising the proposals, so please do look at the plans and give us your feedback.

In addition to deciding the finalists, we've also begun demolishing the South Sydney Hospital Site to make way for green infrastructure and new community facilities, and we've begun work on building a new cycle route from Green Square to the city. We know transport is a key issue for people living and working in this area and we're continuing to push for improved services.

There's plenty of City of Sydney staff here today who would be happy to talk to you. You can see the new model of the Green Square Town Centre on display and if you're keen to get cycling more often, the City Cycleways team are conducting free bike maintenance workshops.

You can also find out about some of the exciting community initiatives underway - I know there's many local groups here who'd be happy to chat about how you can be more involved.

And there's plenty of entertainment, a giant barbecue fundraiser put on by the Gardeners Road Public School P&C, and some of the City's wonderful new foodtrucks are also here serving up food.

Thank you for coming and have a wonderful day.