About Redfern Waterloo

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation facilitates the orderly and economic development of land in the Redfern Waterloo Growth Centre.  Our focus supports NSW Government land owners in three projects:

Waterloo Metro Quarter

UrbanGrowth NSW is working with Sydney Metro to deliver the Waterloo Metro Quarter, an unparalleled opportunity to make Waterloo one of the most connected and attractive inner-city places to live, work and visit.  The Waterloo Metro Quarter will deliver new homes, shops, community health services and a new public plaza above the new Waterloo Metro station.  The NSW Government has integrated the metro station, allowing the underground metro station and development above and adjacent, to be built at the same time to a create a vibrant mixed use precinct.  Read more here.

Waterloo Estate

We are assisting NSW Land and Housing Corporation prepare a masterplan of the Waterloo Estate to improve and increase social housing, provide more affordable and private housing and deliver other social benefits including improved services, shops, community facilities, better transport and jobs.

The Waterloo Metro Quarter and the Waterloo Estate are being planned in parallel but separate processes. 

Following extensive community consultation with residents and other stakeholders, the NSW Government has released its preferred masterplan for the future of the Waterloo Estate.

The masterplan will provide new and modern social and affordable housing, mixed with private housing in a well-located community close to the new Waterloo Station and Metro Quarter. Over the next 15-20 years, the masterplan will guide the development of about 6,800 new homes with 60 percent of new buildings being 7 storeys or lower.

Of the total dwellings, 35 percent will be social and affordable housing and the affordable housing will be owned in perpetuity.

There will also be three hectares of safe open spaces, including new public parks and landscaped boulevards. The parks will provide residents and visitors with a place to celebrate events and enjoy outdoor activities. George Street will be transformed into a 20-25m wide tree-lined pedestrian boulevard with water features and good lighting, providing a safe and enjoyable walking experience.

You can learn more here https://www.communitiesplus.com.au/major-sites/waterloo

Redfern and North Eveleigh

We are collaborating with Transport for NSW to bring new life to the North Eveleigh precinct by involving the community in planning and delivering holistic renewal outcomes.

Growth centre boundary

The land identified within the Redfern Waterloo Growth Centre is included in the maps under State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010: (a) State Environmental Planning Policy (Urban Renewal) 2010 Redfern-Waterloo Potential Precinct Map.

Urban renewal outcomes

Precinct planning will explore opportunities to:


Deliver a broad and diverse supply of homes, including a long-term housing target of 5-10% affordable housing and new and more social housing. Learn more.

Public space

Create a network of interlinked, multi-purpose open spaces with good connections to where people live, work and visit. Learn more.

Community infrastructure

Deliver a diverse offering of community facilities and services for community wellbeing, integration and to support placemaking. Learn more.

Arts, heritage and culture

Celebrate the area’s cultural and creative diversity and strengths, deliver creative placemaking strategies with the community,  and support the development of a hub of contemporary art and culture. Learn more.

Transport and accessibility

Improve the area’s connectivity, explore opportunities to upgrade Redfern Station and built a new Metro station at Waterloo. Learn more.


Demonstrate contemporary excellence in design focussed on environmental resilience, healthy and inclusive places, and economically productive cities that enable the jobs of the future. Learn more.


Build on the strengths of the area's education, knowledge, digital and creative services and promote Redfern as a business innovation centre. Learn more.

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We are building on a legacy of initiatives that deliver public benefits and promote economic growth and development within the Redfern Waterloo area. 

This includes investing in creative and innovative activities that bring people, ideas and organisations together.  Some achievements include:


  • Platform Apartments at North Eveleigh - UrbanGrowth NSW partnered with City West Housing to deliver 88 affordable housing apartments in North Eveleigh using contributions collected under the Redfern Waterloo Affordable Housing Contributions Plan. The Platform Apartments are close to Redfern and Macdonald stations, bus routes and major employment and service areas. Construction commenced in early 2014 and was completed in February 2015.
Public space

Public space

  • Pocket park and landscaping at North Eveleigh – A new pocket park created off Wilson Street at North Eveleigh and funded new landscaping around Carriageworks.
Community infrastructure

Community infrastructure

  • Activation of the Clothing Store - We are partnering with Carriageworks to activate the historic Clothing Store in Eveleigh to provide artists’ studios as well space for free and low cost community workshops.
  • Activation of Yaama Dhiyaan - We partnered with TAFE NSW to activate the building on Wilson Street in Eveleigh to become the Community Education and Arts Development Centre, and provide community education and arts programs, including Two Good Food.
Arts, heritage and culture

Arts, heritage and culture

  • External restoration of Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office - In mid 2017 we completed the external restoration of the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office on Wilson Street in Eveleigh. In August 2017, we marked the completion of work as part of a community open day commemorating the 100 year anniversary of The Great Strike of 1917.
  • Restoration of 40,000 years mural on Lawson Street - We provided a grant  to the Redfern Station Community Group to conserve and restore the 40,000 years mural on Lawson Street in Redfern which was completed in April 2018.


  • Development of Australian Technology Park - In 2016, ATP was sold to a consortium led by Mirvac to complete the park's original vision and realise its full employment potential.  The sale included additional commitments from Mirvac including establishing a $2.1 million Tech Innovation Fund with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to encourage technology start-ups; an MOU with University of Sydney to support digital and creative industries; ongoing conservation and management of the site's heritage; and continued public access through the site.  State Significant Development Consent for three new buildings was granted in December 2016 and construction started in January 2017.  Construction work is well underway and is due to be completed by 2020.
  • IDX Awards in partnership with the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence – We sponsored the Entrepreneurship Category of the awards that recognised Indigenous entrepreneurs who start and grow innovative businesses. This facilitated partnerships between industry, government and innovators and fostered opportunities to strengthen creative, digital and high tech industries in the Redfern Waterloo area.
  • Emerge kickstarter events in partnership with Cicada Innovations – We sponsored events to support careers in innovation and promote Redfern as a centre for digital, technology and creative industries as part of a large cluster through Chippendale to Redfern-Eveleigh.
Transport and accessibility

Transport and accessibility

  • Iverys Lane shared way – We created a shared way to provide improved and safer pedestrian access from North Eveleigh near Carriageworks to Wilson Lane and Iverys Lane.


  • Urban food production research - We are supporting collaborative research with Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney into local urban food production ecologies and how these can be integrated with urban transformation.

Redfern Waterloo Authority Contributions Plan

The Redfern Waterloo Authority Contributions Plan 2006  is administered by UrbanGrowth NSW. The Contributions Plan sets out the payment requirements for developer contributions which help meet the cost of upgrading infrastructure for community benefit.

The Plan helps ensure funds are available to deliver new and upgraded infrastructure needed because of growth and development within the area.  The plan applies to development of all land within the former Redfern Waterloo Authority’s Operational Area.

The Minister for Planning is the consent authority for development that has a capital investment value of more than $10 million. The conditions of consent issued by the Minister for Planning require that contributions are paid directly to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.

The City of Sydney is responsible for:

  • determining under ministerial delegation development applications under $10 million for development within the Operational Area and
  • determining section 96 modification applications to consents previously issued by the Minister for sites within the Operational Area.

The City of Sydney conditions of consent require that contributions are paid directly to UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.

Money received through the Contributions Plan goes towards a range of projects such as road and intersection upgrades, stormwater drainage works, community facilities including a new childcare centre and improvements to parks and open space.

The Works Schedule outlines specific projects to be funded through the collection of contributions.

Redfern Waterloo Affordable Housing Contributions Plan

The Affordable Housing Contributions Plan 2006 sets out development contributions levied on development within the former Redfern Waterloo Authority’s Operational Area. The contributions are to specifically fund the provision or refurbishment of affordable housing.

Contributions rates are indexed and updated annually. View the current contributions rate effective from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Under the Affordable Housing Contributions Plan, funds collected are to be used for:

  • purchase of existing dwellings/buildings
  • refurbishment of established dwelling/buildings 
  • provision of additional affordable housing
  • purchase of newly constructed dwellings and/or
  • construction of new dwellings.


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