Central to Eveleigh Public Consultation
Central to Eveleigh Public Consultation

Central to Eveleigh Public Consultation

The next public consultation phase of the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation and Transport Program continues this week, with local residents invited to participate in a series of study nights and a day-long community workshop.

A study night on housing diversity is scheduled on May 19, and the community workshop will be held on May 30 at Carriageworks in North Eveleigh.

“At the community workshop we will be letting local residents know how they have helped develop a vision for the area, and seeking their feedback on our draft urban design and planning principles,” said Project Director, Troy Daly.

“Public participation is important to the success of this project so I strongly encourage local residents to come along and share their ideas.”

“We know from consultation so far that new and improved social and community facilities, heritage conservation and the provision of housing diversity, including affordable housing are a high priority for local residents, and the study nights are designed as forums in which we can present the methodology and initial findings of technical studies on these issues,” Mr Daly said.

“At our first study night on community facilities, we received very frank and useful feedback about the need for clear definitions and information about projected growth, as well as access and use of existing and new public green space.

“This area is growing and we have heard local residents’ feedback about the need to balance the impact of building heights and traffic with initiatives that will improve the liveability of the area for everyone,” Mr Daly said.

UrbanGrowth NSW uses a range of population growth scenarios with indicative forecasts of 29,000 to 56,000 across the wider 500 hectare study area and 15,000 to 26,000 new residents in the 80 hectare corridor. The scenarios for additional workers are 7,000 to 13,000 in the corridor and 8,000 to 14,000 in the study area.

“It’s too early to have a firm idea of how many extra people, or new homes, but these forecasts ensure we are informed for a range of possible development outcomes that will shape demand for additional electricity, water and sewerage networks as well as important community facilities such as childcare, schools and open space,” Mr Daly said.

“However, it is very important to stress that these forecasts are not development targets, but rather, indicative targets for testing infrastructure impacts in our strategic planning,“

This week a study night was held to consider heritage protection in greater detail.

Renowned conservation specialist architect Otto Cserhalmi presented the results of his recent review of the Chief Mechanical Engineers building in North Eveleigh and consultants AHMS presented the findings of their review of Aboriginal and European heritage in the area.

The study recommended a number of approaches be considered including the development of a set of heritage conservation principles the need for an oral history program for the whole area.

Local residents are requested to register for next week’s study night and the May 30 community workshop.

Community feedback will inform the development of an urban transformation strategy that will be a blueprint for short, medium and long term change in and around the corridor for the next 20 to 30 years.