Tuesday, May 31, 2011

REDWatch Meeting Thursday 2nd June 6pm Factory

Dear REDWatch Members and Supporters

This is a reminder that REDWatch regular monthly meeting is this Thursday at the Factory. We do not have a speaker this meeting and instead will use the time to plan out REDWatch activities for the for the second half of the year and talk about Groundswell and what role REDWatch can play. Looking forward the following events are on the agenda:

·         June: Public Screenings of “Saving Erko Estate” – REDWatch has been asked to organise one at Redfern Town hall & other Groundswell Agencies are arranging at other locations – date TBC
·         Mid June: City of Sydney Council Presentation on their BEP2 Submission – Probably REDWatch for Groundswell – Date TBC
·         4th August REDWatch Meeting – Tanya Plibersek MP Federal Minister for Human Services and Minister for Social Inclusion
Groundswell is going from strength to strength with a logo and at last count 9 local organisations signing up to help support residents in their discussions with Government. Soon 20 copies of “Saving Erko Estate” and discussions starters will be distributed through public housing to get people thinking about some of the issues and what can be done to influence the outcome. University of Western Sydney is interested in including Redfern and Waterloo in the UWS Resident’s Voices Project and a recent meeting decided that Groundswell could be a good local partner for this project. Members will have received an email from Groundswell with more details on the items on the action plan. Check out the Groundswell Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pages/GroundSwell-Redfern-Waterloo/166269223427768 and see some great cartoons, quotes and news items and if you like it let us know and send in contributions..

Michael Shreenan and I met today with Dare Kavanagh and Tuyen Duong from HNSW to discuss the HNSW Draft Consultation Framework and our responses to it. We will report at the REDWatch meeting further on this. It looks like consultation will not now commence until August on the HAF project and consultation will be confined to Master Planning the new buildings. Key issues such as the total number of houses and the 60/40 split are off the table in the HAF discussion even though it will be many months before the RWA / SMDA come back with proposed planning controls. HNSW will work on a new draft which we can circulate and then probably have a meeting of people concerned about the consultation process to try and finalise process with HNSW.

I have met with Mick Mundine at AHC a couple of times in the last week to talk about the Pemulwuy Project. The AHC have been reworking their project further getting ready to submit around end July to Department of Planning. In the rework they have moved the student accommodation over along the railway line and moved commercial back to the Lawson-Eveleigh-Caroline St building which will be lower than what was proposed in the proposal they put up late last year. The pre-school would now be down on Caroline Street. Independently residents backing on Caroline Lane have met to look at options for closing the lane.

Sydney University’s Project Application for a new Business School within the site bounded by Abercrombie Street, Codrington Street, Darlington Street and Golden Grove Street next to Darlington School has been placed on public exhibition - see MP 07_0158 - Abercrombie Street Precinct, Syd Uni - Until 24 June 2011. A new group Residents Acting In Defence of Darlington (RAIDD) has been formed to oppose the plans and here you can see their comments in Angry residents demand change to Sydney Uni ‘mega development’ and the RAIDD Poster Against Sydney University Business School Development.


Geoffrey Turnbull
Ph Wk: (02) 8004 1490  Mob: 0418 457 392

Our Future - Inner Sydney Reginal Council

Infomation session on new residential aged care centre in Redfern

Mission Australia will be holding an information session regarding its new aged care facility which is currently being built on Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Date –Wednesday  8th June
Time- 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue - The Redfern Centre, 9 Ogden lane, Redfern
There will be light refreshments provided and SSCT will provide transport those who need it.
Thanks for your assistance
Jane Rogers
Manager SSCT
Phone 9319 4439

Play Groups in the Park - 21st June 2011

Inner City Cadre Project

Monday, May 9, 2011


Harm Reduction Outreach Worker - The Factory Community Centre

Harm Reduction Outreach Worker - The Factory Community Centre PDF Print E-mail
Applications close 26 May 2011
  • Beyond Walls Project
  • Redfern/ Waterloo
  • Outreach worker
The Factory Community Centre, a small but effective Non-Government agency working within Redfern and Waterloo, is seeking a Harm reduction Outreach worker to join their support team. The outreach worker will work with the local community and our partner agencies to develop, deliver, and oversee an outreach support programme targeting ‘hard to reach’ residents with a particular emphasis on those who may have substance misuse challenges.
This is a Full Time position (with option of job share and flexible hours), funded for one year by the Australian Governments - Federal Attorney General’s Department, and supported by Waterloo, Neighbourhood Advisory Board, Safety Action Group, Redfern and Waterloo Community Drug Action Team, the Redfern Waterloo Authority and various NSW Government and non-Government Human Services.
Ideally you will come from a community support & development background, with experience in working with complex needs and substance misuse, and have the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
To be considered for this position you will have the following:
  • Proven track record in working with complex needs and the ability to work autonomously
  • Experienced in one on one support work, case management, group work and events management
  • Ability to network, and engage a diverse range of service providers match with the ability to engage wider community support and ensure resident involvement of the project plan/delivery.
  • Skilled at conflict management and diffusion techniques
  • Good street awareness and knowledge of the local area
  • Knowledge and experience equivalent to very team skilled member and or certificate 4 in relevant studies and can demonstrate a full range of competencies related to the position description
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong ‘clinical’ boundaries are essential
  • Sound awareness of OHS in relation to outreach work
To apply, send a copy of your resume with a covering letter addressing the criteria outlined in the Position description attached.
Download: Position Description
For more information:
contact: Michael Shreenan
phone: 96989569
email: mshreenan@the-factory.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
website: www.the-factory.org.au
Applications Address:
The Factory Community Centre
67 Raglan St
Waterloo NSW 2017

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Message from Redwatch - Meeting tonight Thursday 5th May screening the new film “Saving Erko Estate” at Factory 6pm Sharp

Dear REDWatch Members and Supporters
We have been trying to get someone from the new NSW Government to attend this next meeting to talk about the wide range of issues that are up in the air in Redfern and Waterloo after the change of government. A couple of weeks back we emailed the Premier and copied in key ministers with relevance to Redfern and Waterloo. We followed this up this week and the only response we have received was from the new Planning Minister (who acts as Minister for Redfern and Waterloo until the legislation is rescinded) Brad Hazzard who has put in an apology.
REDWatch supplied a list of question with our invitation relating to decisions facing the new government regarding Redfern and Waterloo – on the REDWatch website you can see these Questions for New NSW Government.
In the absence of someone attending from the new Government REDWatch will screen the new film “Saving Erko Estate” which is a recent film about the successful 2002 campaign to save Erskineville Housing Estate from a similar re-development to that now planned for Redfern and Waterloo. The cover says “With footage filmed at the time and afterwards, the video shows how and why the fight was won, and why it is important to keep organised. This is a celebration of the victory, and an inspiration to others facing the same issues. It is better to die on your feet than live on bended knees – La Pasionaria”. We are looking at the possibility of community showings of the films “Saving Erko Estate” and “Waterloo” maybe as part of Groundswell. Copies of the 55 minute DVD are available for $15 from Russ Hermann - russherm@tpg.com.au.

Public Housing Meeting -Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP