[Sydney] New facilities for growing Green Square community

Green Square residents are invited to a sneak preview of the City of Sydney’s new $18 million community and cultural precinct at a site tour this weekend.

Locals can take a look at the facilities under construction at the former South Sydney Hospital site in Zetland, including a creative centre, community shed, childcare centre and park.

The City’s project managers, community facilities staff and builders will be on hand to answer questions about the new precinct, which is expected to be complete later this year for the benefit of the area’s rapidly growing community.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the facilities were an important addition for Green Square, an area that will soon be home to more than 61,000 people.

“Green Square is one of the fastest growing precincts in Australia, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure it develops into a world-class urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City has committed $540 million over the next 10 years to the Green Square town centre, including our new community and cultural precinct that will sit at the heart of the development.

“Our new childcare centre will support the growing number of families choosing to live in the inner city, while other facilities will provide important creative and recreational spaces for people of all ages to come together, develop their talents and share ideas.

“Our works are breathing new life into the former South Sydney Hospital’s heritage-listed buildings, preserving their rich history and ensuring they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

“We invite locals to come along to see how construction is progressing and learn more about the fantastic new facilities they will soon be able to enjoy.”

The facilities that will be on show for the site tour include:

  • Joynton Avenue Creative Centre– the former nurses’ quarters in the three-storey Esme Cahill Building are being refurbished as artist studios, a gallery space, creative workshops, classrooms and spaces available for community hire.
  • Banga Community Shed – a former pathology building will house a community shed with the potential for workshops and other community activities, and will look out onto the new Matron Ruby Park, featuring a community garden and children’s playground.
  • Waranara Early Education Centre – the hospital’s former outpatient building will provide a 74-place early education and childcare centre.
  • Green infrastructure – the former administration building will act as a green infrastructure centre for the town centre. A water treatment facility will supply recycled stormwater for flushing toilets, green space irrigation and cooling towers, and two water storage tanks will also be located on site. A local distribution network, or private wire, will supply power to nearby community facilities, allowing power generated from sources such as solar to be transferred to other buildings in the precinct.

Representatives from local water utility Flow Systems will also be on hand during the tours to answer questions about Green Square’s stormwater recycling system. Artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso will also speak about her artwork While I Live I Will Grow that will be featured onsite.

The new community and cultural precinct sits within the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.

The City is spending $540 million over the next 10 years on extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works for Green Square, as well as new community facilities that also include an aquatic centre, library and plaza, and more than 15 parks and open spaces.

When fully developed, Green Square will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes, and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs.

Source: New Release, City of Sydney, 24th April , 2017


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