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Redfern Station New Southern Concourse – comments close today (2 June)

You’re possibly aware that the NSW Government has committed to upgrading the capacity of Redfern Station by building a new concourse (bridge) over the southern end of the station platforms.

Comments formally close tonight (2 June), and may be sent to (sorry for the late notice).

There will also be one more public consultation session:
Counterpoint’s Factory Community Centre,
67 Raglan Street Waterloo,
Thursday 6th June 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The proposal is for the concourse to have one entrance on Little Eveleigh Street and one entrance on Marian Street, between the WaterTower apartments and the current southern entrance to platform 10. The concourse will have connections to platforms 1 through 10, but not platforms 11 and 12 (the Bondi Junction Line).


For more information, see:

ARAG will discuss this at a future meeting, possibly July. (The June meeting will discuss the Traffic Management Survey and parking.)


Come and Meet the Federal Candidates for Sydney – Wednesday 10/4

As we did for the State election, ARAG, REDWatch and Friends of Erskineville are holding a Federal election candidates forum for the seat of Sydney:

  • Wednesday, 10 April, from 7pm to 8pm
  • Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

We will ask candidates to begin by answering three questions, and then go to questions from the floor.

We have confirmed attendance from:

  • Aaron Hammond (Science Party)
  • Tanya Plibersek (ALP) and
  • Matt Thompson (Greens).

Normally, we’d discuss our potential questions at the ARAG meeting prior to the forum. In this case, we couldn’t do that because the meeting prior was the State candidates forum.

Therefore, please either:
– email with your top issue(s), or
– complete this short survey

Please respond by Sunday March 31st and we’ll try to pick the three biggest issues.

Also, don’t forget that Sunday the 31st of March is Alexandria Sunday Funday, from 11 to 3 at Alexandria Park:

ARAG will have a stand. So will Friends of Erskineville.

It’s going to be fabulous.

Meet the State Candidates – Wednesday 13/3

The Heffron Meet the Candidates forum is this Wednesday, 13 March, from 7pm to 8pm, at Alexandria Town Hall – 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

The forum is being jointly hosed by ARAG, REDWatch and FoE.

We have had acceptances from:

  • Chris Ryan (Keep Sydney Open)
  • Kym Chapple (The Greens)
  • Michael Dello-Iacovo (Animal Justice Party)

We have had apologies from:

  • Alexander Andruska (Liberal)
  • Ron Hoenig (Labor)

Candidates have been asked to introduce themselves, and speak to three questions, after which we will have questions from the floor.

The 3 questions are:

  1. Waterloo Master Plan and Social Housing Renewal
    What is your party’s position on the re-development of the Waterloo Estate and how will you increase and guarantee the quantity of affordable and social housing provided (including Aboriginal housing) to meet the needs of the community?
  2. Planning
    Will you make fundamental changes to the current planning system to re-empower local Councils and communities with a say in development, remove the State Significant Development provisions and ensure that the implementation of adequate infrastructure (schools, hospitals and public transport) keeps pace with the growing population?
  3. Transport and Roads
    What is your party’s plan to solve the issues we are facing as a result of the following:

    • Redfern and Erskineville Stations being over capacity and lacking in accessibility
    • The Metro not having a station in Alexandria and ripping up the existing heavy rail line from Sydenham to Bankstown
    • WestConnex – bringing over 60,000 extra cars a day onto our already congested streets
    • The privatisation of many bus services which has led to a decrease in service?


City of Sydney Public Meeting at Alexandria Town Hall – Waterloo Development

The City of Sydney are holding a public meeting on the NSW Government’s plans for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate and the Waterloo Metro Development.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at Alexandria Town Hall, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Below is the text of a letter Continue reading

ARAG Meeting this Wednesday – Waterloo Towers

Waterloo is about to be redeveloped. Past proposals have included up six towers of between 33 and 40 storeys plus another 11 towers of between 16 and 32 storeys.

Come along and find out more about the latest round of proposals:

7pm Wednesday, 13 Feb,
Alexandria Town Hall,
73 Garden St, Alexandria.

Metro plans on exhibition – until Wednesday

Plans for the Waterloo Metro Quarter Precinct and the Waterloo Metro Quarter Over Station Development are both open for comment until Wednesday, 30th Jan:

It’s OK to make the same submission at both websites – although they are two parts of the same project, they each have their own separate review process.

Your submission doesn’t need to be long and detailed. It does need to be lodged by Wednesday. Continue reading

Christmas Meeting, this Wednesday – Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050

Our final meeting for this year is this Wednesday, the 12th of December.

The meeting will be at the usual time and place: 7:00pm, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

We’re lucky enough to have council in attendance, talking about the City’s Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050, and how we can have input into it.

Unless some urgent issue comes out of the woodwork, this will be our last meeting until February.