There is much discussion about the future of the Redfern area and the potential loss of the Waterloo Heritage Falls. In a report delivered to Premier Keneally just before the NSW election, the task force outlined a plan to restore and improve the site. The redevelopment plan also recognises the special status of the area for Aboriginal people. The area is home to the Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation and has been designated as a place of special importance for the local Aboriginal community. See more here.
The development has been met with widespread community opposition, with a number of residents stating that the development will not improve their quality of life. This proposal is a big part of Redfern’s future and will create more housing options for the area. However, it is important to remember that the current development has no plans to make any changes to the site. The community’s input should be incorporated into the redevelopment plan. See here for information about Mounted Police Museum Redfern, NSW.
While the redevelopment plan has been praised by the community, it is important to keep in mind that the city is still experiencing rapid urban change and gentrification. The development plans will be finalised in August/September, before the BEP2 planning controls go on formal exhibition. In addition, the design and layout of the housing will assume that the project is a 60:40 private/public mix and that the public housing units will be relocated.
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