Judy Mundey’s speech at public housing rally

We are here today in support of the provision of much needed public housing. The provision of public housing by governments is not a new concept. About 100 years ago, in 1919, the then government of the day built public housing in the Rocks area of Sydney, not so far from where we are meeting. It was to house people left homeless by the slum clearance of the area thought necessary to eradicate the Plague which was then afflicting Sydney. In 1980 the then government of the day again built public housing in the Rocks. The back story this time was not a plague but ...

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Update 2 on ‘One Sydney Park’ development

Property developers are still trying to build 390 apartments within the block containing Sydney Park. Despite the City of Sydney Council's efforts to stop the development, the state government controlled ‘Central Sydney Planning Committee’ approved the initial concept plans. At Friends of Erskineville we started a letter campaign to the Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, asking him to intervene and stop the project. We believe the land should be re-zoned as open parkland to preserve and extend the beautiful natural environment of Sydney Park. Instead, the ...

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FoE President’s speech at Explorer St BBQ

The Friends of Erskineville (FoE) held a free BBQ and protest meeting at the Explorer St, Eveleigh public housing estate on Saturday February 13th. The event was co-hosted by Jenny Leong MP, Hands off Glebe, Shelter NSW and REDWatch. The following speech was given by the current FoE President, Andrew Chuter. You can also see the photos from the event on our Facebook page here. Acknowledgement of country - Gadigal land, Eora nation Welcome everyone and thanks for coming. Please enjoy a solidarity sausage. FoE believes that the plans announced by the Housing ...

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Submission on Ethel St playground proposal

The City of Sydney is planning to remove the playground equipment on Ethel St and there is a consultation process to find out what the community would like. Locals in the Ethel St area have expressed their strong desire to retain the space as a playground and subsequently the Friends of Erskineville agreed to support them. Thanks to the locals who helped us write this submission. We have asked for an extension of time on submissions, which are currently due by 5pm 18/12/2020. You can make a submission here: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/proposed-works-mainte...

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Support for Erko Rd Community Garden

The Friends of Erskineville recently re-affirmed its support for the Erko Rd Community Garden and Composting and opposes any development on the site. After some criticisms on social media, Friends of Erskineville member and community gardener Julie Moffat has written this piece to help explain ...

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Update on ‘One Sydney Park’ development

Many Sydney Park users will be unaware of the plans to build 390 apartments within the block containing Sydney Park. This former industrial land was planned to eventually be incorporated into the park and Friends of Erskineville still believes that should happen.   Unfortunately when FedEx 'left the building' at 215 Euston Rd on the eastern edge of the park, it was bought up by property developers.   In 2017, despite the City of Sydney (CoS) council being opposed to the project, the state government controlled 'Central Sydney Planning Committee' ...

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A pedestrian crossing on Coulson St

Our campaigning with local residents has resulted in this proposal to increase pedestrian safety and amenity at the intersection of Coulson and Eve Streets.

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Net Zero by 2040

Our City of Sydney Council has a proposal to bring the goal of reaching net zero emissions in the LGA forward a decade, from 2050 to 2040. At council on 10/2/2020, Friends of Erskineville members Julie Moffat and Roger Tonkin spoke in support of the proposal. The text of Roger's statement ...

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Friends of Erskineville 2019 Wrap Up

2019 was a big year of activity for the Friends of Erskineville (FoE). We continued to advocate successfully for the community, organising and participating in local events, keeping supporters informed and growing our membership. We organised a number of events to help inform the community: - State and federal election candidates forums with Alexandria Residents Action Group - Community forum with Prof David Levinson on transport, station entrances and walkability - Community inspection with 60 people on proposed Macdonald St upgrade that was attended by City of ...

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Campaign for a southern entrance to Erskineville station

We have recently written to Minister Andrew Constance requesting the construction of a southern entrance to Erskineville station. You can read the letter here.

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