RLC submission: Redfern North Eveleigh – Paint Shop rezoning proposal

RLC's submission highlights an opportunity for the proposed renewal of the Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct to deliver much-needed social, affordable and Aboriginal housing.

RLC has a long history of providing advice, assistance and advocacy to the local community, with a key focus on the provision of information and services to public housing tenants and a strong emphasis on the prevention of homelessness.

Every day our tenancy team speaks with clients who are waiting to be housed or to be transferred to a property that meets their housing needs. Our submission is informed by the experiences of our clients.

The proposal to revitalise underutilised public land in Inner City Sydney is welcomed. However, there is an opportunity for the proposed renewal of the Redfern North Eveleigh Precinct to deliver much-needed social, affordable and Aboriginal housing for Inner City Sydney. 

Nothing in the planning documents mentions a 30% target for diverse housing. Nor is there any reference to social housing, or dedicated social and affordable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing. The only target mentioned in the proposal is 15% for affordable housing.

On review of the proposal, it is recommended that it: 

  1. Include a substantial target for the provision of social housing as well as affordable housing.
  2. Include a substantial target for the provision of culturally appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing.

Our submission also responds to a number of specific issues, echoing community concerns about the scale and density of the proposed development, the height of buildings, the location of residential towers close to the railway corridor, and the absence of a pedestrian bridge between North and South Eveleigh.

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