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Can you really build over train tracks?

posted 4 Jul 2014, 18:55 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 4 Jul 2014, 18:58 ]

BUILDING ON TRAIN TRACKS?

THE LATEST ON CENTRAL TO EVELEIGH
The 80 hectares of railway land and surrounds between Central Station and Erskineville Station, is in the sights of  the NSW Government's master developer, Urban Growth.  

The area, 
roughly equivalent to twice the size of Sydney Park has been earmarked for a radical overhaul, including building above the railway lines.

FOE attended recent community consultations where we insisted local services keep pace with any development.

Of great concern also was Urban Growth's apparent intention to usher in the bulldozing of Public Housing at South Eveleigh in the next five years. No commitment has been given for residents to stay in the area if the development is to go ahead.

FOE will fight against residents being forced out of their homes and relocated out of the area against their wishes.  

Let us know your views by sending us an email.
ALL THE SCHOOLS ARE FULL
Over the next 15 years, it is expected that the number of children living in South Sydney will more than double.

This shifting demographic is already being felt with local child care centres, primary and second schools full or nearing capacity.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities is seeking feedback on the future provision of public secondary education in the inner Sydney area. 

FOE attended the public consultation meeting on 3 June at Alexandria Park Community School and stressed the need for immediate action as well as long term planning.

There is still time to have your say.

More information about the process can be found here.
BROKEN BENCH IS A PAIN IN THE BUS STOP
For months, the bench at the bus stop in front of the Erskineville Public School has been damaged.  

FOE is fighting hard to have the bench repaired.

You can lend your voice to this effort by contacting Council here.

**STOP THE PRESSES!

AS OF TODAY THE BENCH HAS BEEN REPAIRED.  

A VERY PLEASING RESULT FOR ERSKINEVILLE**
MAKE SUPERMARKET CROSSING SAFER
A little over two weeks ago, a pedestrian was knocked down by a bus as he crossed Erskineville Road at the new pedestrian crossing near Woolworths supermarket.  Luckily the man suffered only minor injuries.

FOE is calling for greater signage and other measures to make the crossing safer.
LILLIAN'S TO CLOSE
After 26 years of providing refuge for young women aged 14-18, the Lillian Howell Housing Project in Erskineville (also known as Lillian's) is set to close by October this year.

Lillian's provides medium to long term housing (6 months to 2 years) for up to 8 young women at a time. These young women have experienced complex trauma including violence, abuse and neglect. 

As part of its tendering of homelessness services, the NSW Government is set to close Lillian's. 

You can help save Lillian's by joining a campaign to save women's services headed by Shadow Transport Minister and Labor candidate for Newtown, Penny Sharpe MLC.  

Simply visit the Save our Women's Services website, print the petition and get as many people to sign it as you can.  

With 10,000 signatures, the loss of these services can be debated in the NSW Parliament and pressure can be put on the NSW Government to reverse its decision. 
 
Go to www.soswomensservices.com to download a petition.
TOWN HALL REFORMS?
With reports that the Shooters and Fishers Party will introduce legislation to make it compulsory for businesses to vote in City of Sydney Council elections and a Liberal councillor accused the Lord Mayor of hating democracy, discussion has begun afresh on whether Wards should be reintroduced.

The reintroduction of Wards would see the city divided up into smaller localities and one or more councillors elected from that area.

FOE believes Wards provide the best way for local residents to have a voice.

Labor Councillor Linda Scott has also called for a Wards campaign to begin and is circulating a petition for residents to download and sign with the goal of getting 10,000 signatures so this issue can be debated in State Parliament.

Tell us what you think here.
NEW PARKING POLICY FOR ERSKINEVILLE
In recent weeks, the City of Sydney adopted its new Neighbourhood Parking Policy.

Prior to its adoption, Anthony Mifsud (Transport Policy Manager with the City of Sydney) spoke with residents at FOE's invitation.  

Council has told FOE that it has no plans to impose any further parking controls in Erskineville unless residents lobby for their introduction.  

If you would like FOE to assist in lobbying for parking controls in your street, contact us here.
A CLOSER LOOK AT FOE'S SURVEY
About 170 residents replied to the survey, giving us some great information to work with. We were overwhelmed by the detailed responses and the willingness of residents to contribute positively to their community.
 
About 65% of respondents were from Erskineville.  The remainder were from surrounding suburbs.  Owner occupiers were strongly represented at 86%. The median age of respondents was 46 with 89% being aged between 26 and 64.
 
The most important issues identified were the Ashmore Precinct (71%), parking (69%), public transport (58%) and mobility access at Erskineville Station (28%).  Child care, school places, public housing and community gardening all came in close to the 15%

Overwhelmingly people felt the Ashmore Precinct Development would have a negative impact on public transport crowding, traffic and parking. Respondents felt there is already a lack of infrastructure, schools, parks, and other facilities and this will only get worse.

Respondents believed Erskineville can be made better by improving train and bus services, improving parking, and increasing walking options.

Respondents also wanted more community events, more trees, and parks.

FOE will be guided by your responses and will continue to act in the best interests of Erskineville.

We are planning a community event for later this year. It is the energy, ideas and support of residents that can really make a difference so please get involved.
 
Thank you again to all who took the time to complete the survey.
- Andrew Chuter

Welcome to the first ever Village Voice

posted 10 Apr 2014, 19:22 by Friends of Erskineville

Chances are you are reading this because you are a member or supporter of the Friends of Erskineville. The Village Voice brings together news and information about Erskineville all under the one roof.  

Here's a little bit of what we've been up to recently and what's going on in and around the Village:
FOE IN THE MEDIA
Inner West Courier
2 April 2014
Inner City Weekender
28 February 2014
Darren Jenkins spoke with Angela Catterns on the State Govt's poor maintenance of the Erskineville Housing Estate and the need for better infrastructure planning in the area.

Radio 2UE, 5 March 2014
FOE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
It's time again to renew Annual Membership Subscriptions.

Renewing and joining members pay $20 for ordinary membership and $2 for pensioner membership.

FOE is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests of Erskineville and its residents. Membership fees assist in FOE carrying on its advocacy work for the community.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS
The Eleventh Edition Project - 5 April 2014  
A collaborative art project involving one copy damaged copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh. Let's see how it can be creatively re-purposed.
Description
A copy of the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, damaged beyond repair. The idea is to get these beautiful pages out to as many people as possible and to track what they do with it. So calling all artists, creatives, people who want to give it a go and everything in between. No time limits, no pressure. More details can be found at this Facebook link.

La Belle Poussière  - Curated by Max Taylor AM - 05 - 27 April 2014
Artsite Gallery,  165 Salisbury Road, (corner St Marys Street), Camperdown 02 8095 9678  www.artsite.com.au
The Beautiful Dust - Six Artists working in Pastel | Anthony Buselli | Ian Chapman | Daniel Pata | Vicki Parish | Victoria Peel | Anthony Springford
Exhibition will be opened by HENDRIK KOLENBERG, Former Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, on Sunday 6th April - 3-5pm.  Preview from 11am Saturday 5thApril 2014.
Follow Artsite on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Artsite
FOE ADVOCACY
MORE SERVICES NEEDED WITH ASHMORE DEVELOPMENT
As the scaffolding rises on the first part of the Ashmore Precinct Development, residents are beginning to get their first taste of the scale of the size of the total development; which the City of Sydney Council estates will see a doubling of Erskineville's population over the next 13 years.

On FOE's urging, the Council carried out an audit of services for Erskineville and has now drafted an Infrastructure Plan. FOE is preparing a response to Council on this plan, which fails to provide an schedule for the provision of new services.  

We welcome your contribution to our submission to Council on the plan.  To get in touch email us here.

In the meantime, FOE does not support additional development without the necessary infrastructure being put in place to service all residents and we told the Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) this on 18 February and 13 March 2014.
GUTTERING REPAIRS FOR ERSKINEVILLE HOUSING ESTATE
On 5 February 2014, FOE wrote to the Minister responsible for maintenance of the Erskineville Housing Estate on behalf of concerned residents.  
Neglect by the Land & Housing Corporation included clogged and rotting gutters, loose electrical wiring and slipping hazards.  You can read out letter here.
WIthin a month, work had commenced on guttering repairs at the Housing Estate.  

However, residents have expressed some concern that the possums that had taken up residence in the roof spaces have not been captured and released properly.
FOE SURVEY RESULTS
In February we asked members and supporters to tell us their thoughts on Erskineville. Thanks to all those who took part. A summary of the multiple-choice questions can be found here.

The three top concerns for Erskineville residents are Ashmore, Parking and Public Transport.

Survey respondents also took great care to detail their concerns in the open form answers and FOE is working through those answers to guide its work in the year ahead.

If you missed out on your chance to have your say, feel free to get in touch by email here.


 
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