Transport and Traffic Forum, Wednesday the 14th

The next ARAG meeting will a be forum on Transport and Traffic.

This will be an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of representatives from:

  • Transport for NSW
  • City of Sydney
  • EcoTransit

The forum will be at:
7pm, Wednesday 14th October
Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St

Hope to see you there

Alexandria Hotel: we’ve won Round 1.

We are still waiting to hear this formally confirmed, but we have been told that the developer will withdraw their current application to demolish the Alexandria Hotel.

They had been hoping to prevent the building receiving a heritage listing. It appears they have finally recognised that the merits of the case for heritage are too strong to be ignored, and that the physical building is now safe from the threat of demolition.

This does not mean that the hotel is safe. While the developers may abandon their attempts to redevelop the site, they may also come back with a new proposal that seeks to ‘adapt’ the existing building, possibly by keeping the front of the hotel while building on part or all of the current beer garden, and possibly even building ‘into’ the upper level of the hotel.

This is a win for the community. But until we know what happens next, it isn’t over yet.

Trouble with Private Certification

A new apartment building, JOSHUA, at 33-49 Euston Road, Alexandria, appears to have been built in contravention of the Development Approval of the City of Sydney.

As a result, the City has referred the Private Certifier to the Building Professionals Board, and is considering further action, including issuing a Notice of Intention to demolish and to rebuild the building in accordance with the conditions of the consent.

This is important – a timely compliance reminder to developers, at a time when so much development is scheduled for our area.

We’ll keep you posted.

Ashmore Estate Development – ARAG’s Talking Points for Objections to the DA

ARAG has prepared a list of items that residents might like to consider when preparing their objection to the Ashmore Estate development proposal.

Briefly, the proposal is for 1,400 – 1,600 units and an increase in population of around 6,300. That effectively DOUBLES the population of BOTH Alexandria and Erskineville.

Download this PDF ARAG Ashmore Estate Objection Template to assess the issues.

Download this version in WORD format: ARAG Ashmore Estate Objection Template.

Agenda for meeting of 9 September

The next meeting of ARAG will be at 7pm on Wednesday the 9th of September, at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

On the agenda for the meeting are:

  • Ashmore Estate – an Update and Submission Guide
  • Alexandria Hotel – What’s happening with the Heritage Order and
  • An update on 33-49 Euston Road – and the Private Certifier nightmare

Alex Hotel update

The Alexandria Hotel DA has been to the Land and Environment Court, for the initial hearing. The court has ordered a “Conciliation Conference“, to be held on the 30th of September, starting at 9:30am, at the Alexandria Hotel.

If agreement is not reached, the matter will go back to the Land and Environment Court – at a to be decided date.

Anyone wanting to know more is encouraged to come to the next ARAG meeting, which will be at 7pm on Wednesday the 9th of September, when this will be on the agenda – full agenda to follow.

Council will be holding an information session at 5pm on the 21st of September, at the Alexandria Town Hall.  Anyone thinking of attending the information session and/or the conciliation conference should RSVP to

Motions passed at the August meeting

The August meeting passed the following motions:

  1. THAT this meeting rejects as unsuitable and unsustainable the scheme currently proposed by Development Application D/2015/966 for development of 1,600 apartments in the Ashmore Precinct.
  1. THAT this meeting calls on the members of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, and particularly City of Sydney Councillors that sit on that committee, to vote against Development Application D/2015/966 for the development of 1,600 apartments in the Ashmore Precinct.
  1. THAT this meeting rejects as wholly inadequate the current planning and delivery of essential social and urban infrastructure in Erskineville and Alexandria to cope with any further development in the Ashmore Precinct including:
  • That the traffic modelling for the Ashmore Estate must consider the broad traffic flows across, around and through Alexandria and Erskineville and includes the impact of the WestCONnex M5 extension plan
  • The provision of rail and bus services
  • The provision of least 15% affordable housing including the provision of housing for older residents
  • The provision of child care services and school places for junior and high school students
  • The preservation of established public green spaces
  1. THAT this meeting calls on the members of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and the City of Sydney to reject all further development applications in the Ashmore Precinct until extensive action has been taken by Local and State Governments to address the essential social and urban infrastructure needs identified in the Ashmore Precinct Infrastructure Plan, by providing a timeline for delivery and a commitment to funding and commencing works.
  1. THAT this meeting calls on Local and State Governments to work together co-operatively to urgently address the following:
  • The neglect of local public transport services which have led to the crushing overcrowding on local train services, which are amongst the most overloaded on the entire railway network, and the truncation of local bus services without consultation and to the detriment of the local community.
  • The existing and impending consequences of population increases and demography changes in Alexandria and Erskineville that now require hundreds of additional primary and secondary school spaces and childcare places.
  • The absence of any credible forecast or analysis of the effect Stage 2 of the Westconnex Project (M5 Extension) will have on local traffic in Alexandria and Erskineville and the additional effect of approving any further development applications in the Ashmore Precinct.
  • The inadequate provision of stormwater drainage in the Ashmore Precinct, which leaves the Ashmore Precinct prone to flooding and precludes street level building access and activation.