Working with the community

UrbanGrowth NSW acknowledges the active participation and collective contribution of our many stakeholders, which includes community groups, service providers, residents and other Government agencies, who have all helped to shape and evolve the design over the past four years.

We will continue to work with the community as the project develops.

 

Project Timeline

2019

Between December 2018 and January 2019, we held four community consultation events and spoke to more than 300 people about the Metro Quarter SSP

We heard that:

 People want better transport links to employment centres

They wanted to support Waterloo’s vibrant community and the social services supporting the community.

We also addressed concerns about traffic, congestion, heights and density.

2018

Between May 30 and June 20 UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Metro spoke to more than 300 people about the preferred plan for the Metro Quarter.

We heard that:

Overall people supported the creation of a new transport hub  and village centre at the Waterloo Metro Quarter.  

They supported the inclusion of community and cultural spaces, shops, services and open space.

There was a strong desire to maintain Waterloo's unique character and celebrate its history and heritage, in particular its significant Aboriginal heritage.

 

2017

The NSW Government spoke to more than 1570 people across more than 40 events to inform the preferred plan for the Waterloo Precinct including the Metro Quarter.

We heard that:

People wanted the Waterloo Metro Quarter to provide a range of shops and services, including affordable fresh food, spaces for health and wellbeing, a community facility, a mix of social and affordable housing and access to local jobs.

2014 to 2015

The NSW Government spoke to more than 500 people about the Central to Eveleigh corridor, which encompasses the Metro Quarter site.

We heard that:

People wanted housing options for all types of residents, improved connections to promote walking, cycling and a lower reliance on cars, to celebrate the rich Aboriginal history, revitalise and activate the area to create safe and vibrant places and retain the areas authentic community.

Place - Creating a Community Heart

Place - Creating a Community Heart

Culture and community life:

A place where there is activity day and night, where people feel safe, at ease and part of a cohesive and proud community.  A place that respects the land and Aboriginal people by showcasing and celebrating Waterloo's culture, history and heritage.

We heard that:

There is a strong desire to maintain Waterloo's unique character and celebrate its history and heritage in particular its significant Aboriginal heritage.

Click here to download the fact sheet for more details on the Public art plan, Governance and Safety, Heritage which were all considered as part of the design.  

Land Use - Delivering a new urban village

Land Use - Delivering a new urban village

Community facilities, human services and shops:

A place that provides suitable and essential services and facilities so that all residents have easy access to health, wellbeing, community support, retail and government services.

We heard that:

People support the inclusion of community and cultural uses and services such as health care, as well as restaurants and retail at a range of price points.

The Waterloo Metro Quarter will be active and vibrant both day and night.  It will support a diverse community with local job opportunities and a range of every day services including health facilities.

It will also compliment neighbouring communities including Redfern and Alexandria and provide workers at the nearby Australian Technology Park with convenience services.

Click here to download the fact sheet about the planned mixed use of space, commercial and human services and employment opportunities that were considered.  

Built form - Housing Diversity and Liveability

Built form - Housing Diversity and Liveability

Housing and neighbourhood design

A place that meets the housing needs of people with different backgrounds, ages, incomes, abilities and lifestyles.  A place where everyone belongs.  New homes for social, affordable and private residents that are not distinguishable and are modern, comfortable, efficient, sustainable and adaptable.

We heard that:

Housing choice and housing affordability are significant challenges for families, students and others in the area.  People wanted a range of housing options that are connected to public transport and to ensure the height and density of the buildings are sustainable and designed to suit the area.

The Waterloo Metro Quarter will provide housing choices that suits the diverse community.  It will deliver approximately 700 new homes above the Metro Station, including 5 - 10 per cent affordable housing and up to 70 social houses to help improve housing choice and affordability.  The buildings will be designed with inspirational and diverse architecture, having been subject to stringent study requirements and overseen by a panel including senior representatives of the NSW Government Architect.

Click here to download the fact sheet for more information on wind, sunlight & ventilation and height studies, all of which were considered as part of the design. 

Landscape - A sustainable urban environment

Landscape - A sustainable urban environment

Environment and open space:

A place that promotes a walkable, comfortable and healthier lifestyle with high quality, well designed and sustainable buildings, natural features and safe open spaces for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age, culture or ability.

We heard that:

People want open space that is welcoming, friendly and maximises natural light.

The Metro Quarter will include open spaces that are safe, welcoming and allow people to connect to the outdoors.  The renewal of the Waterloo Metro Quarter provides an opportunity to contribute to the Sydney Green Grid vision through new street trees and a new Cope Street Plaza.  The trio of buildings support the creation of vertical villages with shared indoor and outdoor spaces.

Click here to download the fact sheet for more information on Community Plaza, Green star rating and water review, all of which were considered as part of the design. 

Movement - Encouraging Active Transport

Movement - Encouraging Active Transport

Transport, streets and connections:

Integrate the new metro station and other modes of transport in such a way that anyone who lives, works or visits Waterloo can get around easily, safely and efficiently.  Prioritise the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

We heard that:

People want the Metro Quarter to prioritise public transport, walking and cycling. 

The community was concerned about the potential impact on the intersections on Raglan Street and Botany Road.

The Metro Quarter has been designed to provide world class public transport access and promote cycling and walking.  The site has been shaped by how people can best get around and reach key destinations and services.

Click here to download more information on public transport, traffic, pedestrian links and car parking/car sharing.