On Saturday, I met with local residents at a City consultation to go through designs for the childcare centre and associated work at 277 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.
Last year, the City revised the original design to address comments from residents and I agreed to meet with residents again before we submit a Development Application.
There is an urgent need for more childcare in the inner city. Census figures show the number of households with children in the City of Sydney increased by over 44 per cent between 2001 and 2011. It's no surprise the City's child-care centres have long waiting lists.
This new child care centre will have over 60 places and be spread over three levels, with a rooftop outdoor play space and a community space on the lower-ground level that will help bring activity to Berwick Lane.
This project involves providing two neighbourhood parks at O'Brien Lane and 222 Palmer Street. There will also be improvements to Berwick Lane and Bourke and Liverpool Streets near the child care centre. The community strongly supported the revised design on Saturday.
We are also developing plans to renew Heffron Hall and the neighbouring park to provide a centre for community activities and cultural events. The centre will continue to provide after-school care for up to 30 children.