Green Square is a step closer to becoming the City's newest, most exciting and greenest village following a series of important decisions at Monday's Council meeting.
Dilapidated sections of the former South Sydney Hospital site on Joynton Avenue will soon be refurbished after Council unanimously endorsed a tender to undertake the remediation work.
A new community hall, theatrette, multi-purpose spaces and meeting rooms, community shed, artists' studios, workshops and a low carbon local energy plant are all planned to be built on the site. 100 new affordable housing dwellings are also planned.
Detailed designs and a development application for the new community facilities will be placed on public exhibition mid next year.
Council also approved a tender for the Town Centre's recycled water network. This network will save precious drinking water and stop 3,000 kilograms of pollutants flowing into the Cooks River each year. The scheme will collect and clean about 240 megalitres of stormwater a year, equivalent to 96 Olympic pools, for use in toilets, laundries, air-conditioning cooling towers, parks and gardens. The Federal Government has contributed $2.2 million towards the pipe network, collection stations and treatment facilities.
Draft planning controls for the Green Square Town Centre Area were endorsed for public exhibition. The draft controls will guide development in this area through block layouts, building heights and public domain requirements for the design of streets, parks and plazas. I encourage you to have your say when they go on exhibition.
Council will also be asking for your feedback on suggested names for the new streets, parks and plazas in Green Square and other development areas. These names are inspired by famous people, places and products from the past including a 1920s stove, the Akubra hat company, a horse trainer, a philanthropist, 19th century Chinese Market gardens, horse races and Aboriginal names for water birds.
Public transport is key to the success of Green Square. The removal of the station access fee has increased train patronage but bus lines are over capacity and mass transit is essential. The City has bought property to create a transport corridor and is urging the State Government to urgently plan for light rail to service Green Square.