Community workshop to discuss Central to Eveleigh corridor
More than 200 residents from the Central to Eveleigh area came together on Saturday at the Carriageworks to discuss inner city development and the positives and negatives of different types of development.
UrbanGrowth NSW hosted the day-long workshop as part of a series of consultation activities aimed at helping them develop the urban transformation strategy for the Central to Eveleigh rail corridor.
“It’s terrific that so many local residents joined us to learn more about the aims and ambitions, conflicting priorities and challenges of the project, and our work so far, as well as to provide their feedback on key elements,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford.
“UrbanGrowth NSW is committed to working in partnership with the community and stakeholders, and the workshop was an important forum to explain the urban transformation process, summarise community feedback to date and reaffirm the vision and opportunities associated with the transformation.
“It was also an opportunity to discuss the ten urban planning and design principles we have developed – that we are calling ‘key moves’ - and to discuss ‘density done well’.
“We want as many people as possible to participate and join the discussion.”
The community workshop was promoted through advertisements in local papers, an e-newsletter distributed to more than 1500 recipients and a letter box drop to 41,000 local residents in early May.
More than 150 local residents registered to attend the workshop and around 60 residents were recruited through a third party provider.
In order to ensure a diverse spread of local residents’ views, including from those who would not normally participate in community workshops, UrbanGrowth NSW also used a third party provider to independently recruit participants from a range of age groups and suburbs. This was particularly needed to ensure the younger demographic was represented.
The workshop follows a series of study nights on various topics held during May, and the convening of a community panel designed to represent a ‘mini-public’.
“We recognise that members of community groups have important local knowledge and are deeply committed to ensuring positive growth and change, and we will continue to meet with them throughout the planning process,” said Project Director, Troy Daly.
“However, we also recognise that there are some groups in the community who do not have the time to actively participate but whose views are no less valid.
“That said, I have issued an open invitation to all community groups to meet with the project team.”