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New Flats Galore!

5 Aug

2014 is turning out to be a huge year for multi-residential construction. A few major architecture companies largely dominate this scene, with a few rather interesting creative developers too. Below are the main ones going up this year.


10 Rosebery: 88 apartments on Botany Road.
Asper, Roseberry
Architect: Turner Associates


15 Botany: Park Grove. 170 apartments.
Architect: Krikis Tayler


16 Brighton: Longbeach apartments 344 Bay Street Brighton Le Sands
Architect: Tony Owen Partners (wow…!)


30 564 Princes Highway, Rockdale.
Architect: a+ design group

31 Wolli Creek: three new buildings at Australand’s Discovery Point and the third stage of Southbank by Winten.
Southbank, Wolli Creek


32 Woolooware: 600 apartments at the Bluestone new community Woolooware Bay. $300 million
Woolooware Bay Town Centre on the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club site, Shark Park.
Architect: Retail: Scott Carver and landscape architects Aspect Studios. Residential: Turner Associates.
220 apartments within three separate buildings ranging from a height of seven to twelve storeys.


Moss Wood Residence, 21-35 Princes Highway, Kogarah
84 Residential Apartments rising 10 storeys
Developer: Deicorp D&C


East at Erko
41 apartments
Architect: SJB Architects (looks very similar to what they did at Harold Park (that turned out very well)).


Breeze development, Little Bay
52 apartments



11 Beecroft: 170 apartments.

18 Panorama Crows Nest: Willoughby Road.
Architect: JPRA for Barana Group


20 Dee Why Grand: 150 apartments.
Architect: Fitzgerald Bennett
and 2-10 Mooramba Road Dee Why

24 Lane Cove: second stage of the DHA development of 170 homes. Arcadia. ‘Tree house’ apartments.
Crimson Hill, Lindfield. Defence Housing Australia (old UTS Ku-ring-gai Campus)
Architect: Architectus


26 Meadowbank, Shepherds Bay. 2000 new apartments. 2-8 Rothesay Avenue Meadowbank
Holdmark Property Group. 15-storey landmark tower with others stepped between 4 and 12 levels
Architect: Robertson + Marks


29 9 Atchison St ST LEONARDS: 60 apartments.
Architect: a+ design group


Alcove, Killeaton Street, St Ives.
300 apartments across six buildings. Meriton.

Pymble Grand.
Architect: Mackenzie Architects
Developer: Modern Construction & Development.
Two five-storey blocks with 50 units.

The Sydney, at Macquarie Park Village near North Ryde
152 apartments offered in 23-level tower
Architect: Allen Jack + Cottier

53. Plaza 88, Archer Street, Chatswood. 212 serviced apartments
Architect: Marchese Partners (auspicious numbering…)

Aurora, 3-9 Finlayson Street, Lane Cove.
Architect: designed by Angelo Candalepas and Associates and developed by MV Projects.


Emerant Lane. 85 apartments. Lane Cove.
Architect: developed by SAKKARA with designs by dKO Architects.

The Botanic, Finlayson Street, Lane Cove.
Architect: SJB Interiors, Mijollo Architects, Greenbush Group, Icon Co.



12. Altitude Apartments, 330 Church Street, Parramatta
Architect: Tony Caro for Meriton
53 levels. Meriton (wow…)


27 Parramatta: 450 apartments at Riverside.
Crown Group’s $309 million residential tower, V by Crown, twin commercial towers by Johnson Pilton Walker,
Architect: Johnson Pilton Walker Architects
Developer: Crown Group
$250 million development

290-292 Parramatta Road, Auburn
1000 apartments
Architect: Cox Architecture

Flemington markets
Up to 10,000 apartments in 30 storey towers.
Architect: Group GSA

Little Saigon Plaza, 462 Chapel Road, Bankstown
Retail and commercial
Developer: Deicorp D&C


Broadway Plaza, The Broadway Punchbowl
10,000m2 of Retail and 152 Residential Apartments within 7 buildings rising 5 storeys
Developer: Deicorp D&C

54. Centric Parnell Street, Strathfield
Architect: SJB Architects

Skypoint Towers,46-50 John St Lidcombe
9 storey. Completion 2016

7 Deane Street BURWOOD
97 units plus 3 retail shops. Opposite Burwood Train Station.

1-17 Elsie Street Burwood


Aspire Tower
Architect: Grimshaw
160-182 Church Street, Parramatta,
336 m (1,102 ft), 90 stories.



13 Bondi: 200-plus apartments from Mirvac on Ocean Street.
Architect: Mirvac Design, TBA designer.

14 Bondi Junction: 129 new apartments from Leighton Properties. 20-level AQUA
Architect: kann finch group in collaboration with DC8 Studio. Koichi Takada Architects interiors.


Inner West


17 Canterbury: 170 apartments on Charles Street.
Habitat, Canterbury
Architect: Turner & Associates


21 Erskineville: a new development of 200 apartments, Eve by Fridcorp.
Eve by
Address: Corner of Eve and McDonald Streets Erskineville.
Architect: DKO


22 Five Dock: 155-159 Parramatta Road, Five Dock
1300 apartments
Architect:  Allan, Jack and Cottier for Crown International Holdings and Drivas Property Group


23 Forest Lodge: 300 more lots in new stages of Mirvac’s Harold Park development.
Altivolo, Harold Park (Precinct 4)
Architect: Developer: Mirvac Design


DeiCota Tower, Redfern St Redfern
Developer: Deicorp Design & Construct


34. Earlwood
Elysium Apartments
Address: 17-25 William Street, Earlwood.


The Flour Mill at Summer Hill, where 300 apartments are planned
Architect: Hassell


Revolution Apartments, Illawarra Road, Marrickville
180 Residential Units spread over 4 buildings
Developer: Deicorp D&C


Urba, Gibbons St Redfern
19 Storey mixed use Developments. Retail, commercial and 135 Apartments.
Developer: Deicorp D&C


Alpha Apartments, 20 McGill Street, Lewisham.
68 Residential Apartments rising 6 storeys
Developer: Deicorp D&C


22 George Street Leichhardt (former Kolotex Glo factory)
rezoned from industrial to B4 mixed use
244 apartments, with 1,126 square metres of mixed-use space, with three street frontages.
Architect: SJB Architects
Greenland paid $47.1 million for the site.


Homebush’s Town Centre
The Crescent, near Homebush station
12 storey block on the site of the sub branch of the RSL


2A Brown Street Ashfield
Architect: Olsson and Assoc.
Two 8 storey mixed use buildings. 120 apartments plus retail.




19 Darling Harbour: 1400 apartments
First stage:
Architect: Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) for Lend Lease
Darling Square, The Boulevard, Sydney




33. City
Greenland Centre  (old Sydney Water Headquarters, 1965)
Address: 115 Bathhurst Street Sydney. 236 metres.
Architect: bligh voller nield Donovan Hill and WoodsBagot
two-bedroom apartments (76 -88sqm) from $1,325,000 and three beds (105-143sqm) from $2.2 million.
1930s building next door to become a hotel
Architect: Peddle Thorp Architects and Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA)




Harbour Mill Apartments, Pyrmont.
Architect: Grimshaw. Developer- Ceerose.



52. The Quay. $280 million.
Quay Street, Haymarket
Architect: WMK

Barangaroo Apartments
Lend Lease. 159 apartments
Architect: Richard Francis-Jones of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Andrew Andersons of Peddle Thorp Architects
two apartment complexes will become the first in the Barangaroo South region


2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

16 May

2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

A number of old icons are being razed for new icons. Each one of the below buildings are world class.

Under construction


International Towers | 49st, 43st, 39st / 217m, 178m, 168m /
Architect- various

The fantastic Barangaroo is emerging from the primordial soup of east Darling Harbour.



20 Martin Place
Architect- Crone Partners in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates (NY).

A dazzling glass Miesien box to replace the seventies dazzling glass Miesien box. The main part of the renaissance of Martin Place. The architects have moved the circulation cores out of the main floor area. The old building was reduced to a fantastic steel skeleton.
Crones are so hot right now!


5 Martin Place
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker with Tanner Kibble Denton Architects.

A rather sympathetic and sophisticated approach to the sandstone canyon of Martin Place. Compliments the Commonwealth Bank money-box building next door.


Macquarie Martin Place headquarters
48 Martin Place.
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker

This one looks like great fun. The architects have created a central void and a vast domed skylight.
A real urban testament to the money and glamour of banking (like something out of a Batman movie!).


UTS Information Technologies Engineering Building (Broadway)
Architect- Denton Corker Marshall (DCM)

I’m not sure how this will turn out. It is pretty cool to look at, but it’s such an ugly monolithic metallic slug on such an important site that I think in ten years time it may be reviled (especialy if the cladding rusts). Cubist marshmallow!


Urbanest student housing Wattle Street.
Architect- GROUP GSA

I’ve included this to show some interesting contextual stuff going up. Again part of the incredibly dynamic Haymarket district.


Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS
Architect- Frank Gehry

Wow- my brain hurts thinking about the brickwork in this building. Indulgent but delightful (essence of architecture, right?).
Good to see an iconic education building on this site on the end of the Goods Line pathway.


180 Thomas Street, Haymarket.
Architect- Bates Smart

A speculative corporate response to the same site as above (Goods Line pathway), sitting on top of an existing substation.
A really good effort by Bates Smart if you ask me.


Central Park
on Broadway near Central Station
Architect- Norman Foster + Partners + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Zipping along, needless to say…
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the development encompasses a shopping mall and apartment complex, with vertical gardens featuring on its facade.

Under demolition and site prep.



Sydney Convention Centre
Darling Harbour
Architect- Hassell

Big things are planned for this site. After a tortuous couple of months the original Convention Centre (flagship of the eighties Darling Harbour) has all but disappeared.


The Castlereagh
Architect- Tony Owen

More sleek plastic for downtown Sydney, to keep the overseas investors happy.
It replaces a rather staid 1920s job.


33 Bligh Street
Architect- Fitzpatrick and Partners with Kannfinch

This is an ambitious and exciting building. It can get to be so high as the building itself sits on top of a large substation (to be hidden behind a huge sandstone screen).
It replaces a graceful but clapped out late sixties building.


333 George Street.
Architect- Crone / Grimshaw

Here’s an exciting building on a great site. It’s good to see this part of town slowly come back to life (with then night clubs, etc).
When George Street become a pedestrian area this site will soar. It will house the local branch of Marks and Sparks.

Recently Finished


8 Chifley
Architect- Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Lippmann Associates in association with Mirvac Design.

Not as exciting as the renderings, but an excellent addition to the streetscape.


Eliza Apartments
Architect- Tony Owen

This is a wee bourgeois gem. Check out the stonework at street level- really creative.

This city has no shortage of capital compared to other cities, look at the dollars being spent on projects around the city this decade.
Lets see, short list I quickly compiled.
$30b transport plan from the NSW government. Light rail, North West Rail Link, M5, M4 extension etc.
$8b Green Square/Zetland
$6b Barangaroo Lend Lease contract + $1b Crown Casino
$2.5b Darling Harbour redevelopment, Lend Lease contract (this company is obviously scratching the right backs in government)
$2b Central park
$1.3b City One/Wynyard Station
$1b AMP/Circular Quay
$1b UTS redevelopments

It’s is after 10 years of non spending post Olympics.

The eighties called and they want their buildings back….!

5 Mar

I was walking through Darling Harbour last week and was shocked to see the Sydney Exhibtion Centre drifting, masts broken, like the Marie Celeste through a sea of rubble. I had heard that their deomlition was being bandied around, but I was amazed to see that the Harbour Authority would have the gall to go ahead with it.


The Marie Celeste, mast in majestic full sail, was found wandering the sea empty of souls….

I have no problems with the demolition, personally. As a bit of a Marxist, I believe that buildings should be useful and serve the people. These buildings were the linchpin of the whole original 1988 Darling Harbour development, but they did not anticipate the populist success that DH would become. These site require buildings that are accessible and inviting, chock full of retail and entertainment possibilities (how the masses love this kind of thing) that can be entered on-grade. I hope that the new Hassell schemes allow for this.

The original Sydney Convention Centre and Sydney Exhibtion Centre were built in 1987 on the former Darling Harbour Railway Goods Yard.


Above- the site as I first knew it in 1984, when DH was an honest “working harbour” (actually the most important port in Australia for a long time…


Above- the forlorn masts of the old Cox Richardson Exhibition Centre sticking up, devoid of surrounding buildings, as they slip beneath the waves.


Above- the Phillip Cox Exhibition Centre in happier times. It was always something of a white elephant.


Above- existing, from the air.


Above- proposed, from the air. DH is fast becoming the centre of Sydney.


Above- John Andrews‘s Convention Centre. He likens, understandably from his point of view, its demolition to an act of vandalism.


Above- the proposed replacement by Hassell. Looks like more fun at least.


Above- and finally, know we know why they pulled out the perfectly functional Sydney Monorail. In the way of progress! What a grim day for the eighties!!


Mirvac Harold Park revealed

12 Oct

Mirvac has finally lodged the DA plans at Sydney Council for their multi-residential redevelopment of the former Harold Park Paceway site at Forest Lodge.

The above rendering shows the Harold Park site with the thus far designed Precinct One (Mirvac Design) and Precinct Two (SJB Architects). Site masterplanning by Hassell and site landscape design by Aspect Studio.


The Site

First, let’s look at the site.

The site is divided into six precincts (to be built in phases). Each of these is effectively a single building, with a shared excavated carpark and two to four towers, and with a deep soil zone in the middle (DA requirement). Precinct Six is to be sold to another developer for student/essential service housing (DA condition). Precinct 4A to the north of the site has not been fully resolved- its traffic will be directed on to Maxwell Street and local residents are concerned.

There is also a park site (5.8 hectares (14 acres)) against the cliff. This, along with the roads, is to be ceded back to the City. It also forms the overland flow path for floods (very important on this site).

There is also the old Rozelle Tram Depot. This is to be developed as 7000sm of retail. Unfortunately, the parking for this has been placed in front of the depot (it would have been too expensive to put it under the Depot as council has asked for in the master plan).

Above- plan (Aspect) for one of the “pocket parks”. This links the existing Crescent roadway with one of the new site roadways. It allows for a significant (about 4m) level change.

Above- Hassell masterplan massing model. Note the six story buildings on the Crescent, stepping back to 8 story within the site. Sydney Council was strict about imposing building setbacks (delaying the DAs).

Above- an example of an existing recent Mirvac development at Rhodes.

Above- the site, 1948.

Above- the site, today. Quite a few more trees.

Precincts One and Two

Now, the good stuff.

Precinct One

Above- Site plan for Precinct One (Mirvac Design). There are “terrace houses” at street level, with traditional flats above (typical accross site). Four towers around a deep soil courtyard zone in the middle.

Above- P1 facade elevations.

Above- Computer rendering of Precinct One showing the pop-out windows.

Above- note that the top two levels step further in. This is part of the DCP and was insisted on by council.

Above- P1 shown in context on the site model.

Precinct Two

Above- Detail of the pocket park between the two P2 buildings as designed by Aspect. This is intended to blend seemlessly into the surrounding landscape and optimistically shows tall trees planted in very shallow beds.

Above- The P2 plans and elevations by SJB Architects.

Above- A section through one of the P2 buildings showing its relationship to the adjacent “heritage” cliff and existing house. The concept was that the top datum of the new buildings was not to rise above the roofline of the existing Victorian homes.

The Tram Depot

Above- the Tram Depot on the site will be converted to 7000m2 retail (possibly sold on to a separate developer).  It has sat empty and derlict since the 1980s. Trams ceased operating out of there in the 1950s.

Above- the entry area today.

Above- as it was in the 1950s.

Above- the interior today. There are a number of badly vandalised trams in there, some of which will be retained and restored.

Above- the proposed exterior (image- Loop Creative).

Above- the proposed interior (image- Loop Creative). Possibly to be used as a large green grocers store and/or gym.


This development will have a huge impact on the area. However, as Sydney marches towards 5 million people it is better to concentrate populations near the city.

If it can be done as sensitively as the old Children’s Hospital site up the road (on Pyrmont Bridge Road) then it will be a winner. We will wait and see.

Ken Maher of Hassell- Shaper of things to come

3 Mar

Louis White, The Australian February 26, 2011


Ken Maher, part of the design team for the $6 billion Barangaroo urban regeneration in Sydney.

Picture: Jane Dempster Source: The Australian

IT’S appropriate that Ken Maher was born in a town halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.
On the banks of the NambuccaRiver, Macksville – population 3000 – is a town where children need to use their imagination to entertain themselves. It stood Maher in good stead to become one of Australia’s leading architects, unrestricted by traditional city landscapes.

The way cities are built is the one thing Maher wants to change, and feels needs to change.

“Buildings in the past have been built as sealed boxes that you pump cold air into,” Maher says.

“In the 19th century you basically had big buildings and houses, with nothing in between. In the 20th century we saw specialists in the design of buildings accentuating the difference between apartment, office and warehouse buildings, for example.
“Now going forward we will see less specialist building types and more buildings that can be adapted to climate issues, occupancy requirements combined with a change in the production of buildings.”

Maher says technology will change the fabric of buildings, especially in high-growth population countries.

Sekisui Wentworth point

Japanese company Sekisui House, the largest builder of prefabricated sustainable housing, has made inroads into the Australian market, he notes.

“When we think of prefabricated houses we think of container boxes and cheap, nasty concrete factories, but that is all going to change mostly through digital technology,” Maher says. “The future will see very different designs and materials used for buildings and houses.”

Maher, the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2009 gold medallist, was instrumental in the design of one of Australia’s most sustainable buildings, the ANZ Centre.

ANZ’s new headquarters at 833 Collins St in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct is the largest, greenest commercial office building in the country.

The building has a top six-star Green Star Office Design rating from the Green Building Council and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent, the equivalent to taking 2000 cars off the road every year.

Water consumption will be 60 per cent less than the industry average. A green roof and exterior sun shading not only maximise daylight but reduce heat gain and loss.

“When you start on a project you never know where it is going to end,” Maher says.

“With the ANZ building we thought it important to make a shift in the thinking of how people work together. We wanted the ground floor to be place where everyone could come together to promote a feel-good meeting space.”

The building has the equivalent of 80 storeys flattened out into 10, with no staff member sitting more than 11m from natural light.

“We need to think how design can be used as a positive force in the cities,” Maher says.

“By making changes to commercial buildings it can lead to better outcomes for the city and that means everyone, including the workers, the travellers and the people who live there.”

In the 1950s and 60s people lived in suburbia and came to the cities for work, Maher says, but society has changed and people now live in and around central business districts. “So we need to adapt,” Maher says.

He cites his upbringing in the country as being influential on his designs.

“Growing up every day looking at the landscape had its impact,” he says. “As far back as I can remember I was always drawing. People around me made the connection between drawing and architecture, though I personally didn’t know any architects.”

Maher went to the University of NSW, where he studied for a bachelor of architecture, graduated with first-class honours and completed his masters degree a few years later.

Before and during his studies he worked at the NSW Department of Works on a cadetship before entering the world of private enterprise with a firm by the name of Nielsen Warren and Mark Windass Architects, whose name soon changed to Warren Windass Associates.

After a short stint travelling overseas Maher returned to Australia to take over the partnership and renamed it the Quay Partnership in 1979 until 1985, when he formed Ken Maher and Partners, which led to the creation of Hassell in 1993, of which he is chairman today.

“I am very project driven,” Maher says. “I like projects that make places. That is very stimulating and I get very excited by a new project. The whole creative process gets me up in the morning.”

Maher is very proud of the Olympic Park Rail Station in Sydney, which won the Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir John Sulman Award in 1998. (He won the same award for the National Institute of Dramatic Art building in Sydney’s Kensington in 2002.)

“When we were building the Olympic Park I was influenced by Grand Central Station in New York,” he says. “I wanted to feel as though they were meeting somewhere exciting and where a whole story came together.”

Maher has also been heavily influenced by his landscape design and environmental studies.

He was a founding member of the Green Building Council of Australia and a member of the technical steering committee that developed the Green Star rating tools for the building industry.

“My landscape design and environmental studies broadened my view and pushed me to work on bigger projects,” he says.

“I am now influenced by climate change, the ethos of our cities and providing a better building, for the individual, company and the climate.”

Maher’s greatest challenge lies ahead as he is part of the design team for the $6 billion Barangaroo urban regeneration on the fringe of Sydney’s central business district.

“Any development in Sydney is controversial whereas in Melbourne they just get on with it,” he says in response to the ongoing debate over the project. “I think a lot of the debate has been over the size of the buildings and not the real issues.

“We desperately need a new way of accommodating people in the cities in terms of occupancy and design, and Barangaroo offers that opportunity.

“Obviously it has to relate to the rest of the city but we have a fantastic under-utilised waterfront and Barangaroo will provide another new experience and I think it will be a really interesting place.

“We sometimes hang on to the old for the sake of hanging on to the old. If we didn’t have the Opera House, it wouldn’t have allowed us to do many other things in this city.”


01- Canberra Playhouse Theater, Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

02- Fox Studios Car Park, Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

03- National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

04- North Sydney Olympic Pool, Photo: Patrick Bingham Hall

05- Westpac Place Headquarters Fit-out, Sydney, Photo: Tyrone Branigan

Images: Australian Institute of Architects

Editor- it helps that this guy is really well connected with the Council…

Residents stand united over Summer Hill flour mill development

29 Aug

27 Aug 10 by Alex WARD

The developer’s controversial vision for the Summer Hill flour mill site. Image: HASSELL

AUSTRALIANS were divided at the polling booths but Summer Hill and Lewisham residents stood united against massive developments.

A community referendum was held on Saturday at three polling booths in Summer Hill and Lewisham to vote on the development plans for the McGill St precinct and the Mungo Scott flour mills.

The site at present.

An overwhelming 94 per cent of 1500 concerned residents who took part were opposed to the scale and scope of the developments.

A spokeswoman for the Summer Hill Action Group said they were swamped by concerned residents.

“What’s alarming is that these two sites are being developed separately even though they’re right next to each other,” she said.

“The community aren’t aware of this and so there was lots of interest on Saturday.”

Together the developments include more than 760 units, multiple high-rise buildings and extra traffic generated on to already heavily commuted roads.

The spokeswoman predicted the community dissent toward the developments would grow to become a key state election issue for Inner West residents.

The Courier reported on the developer’s masterplan for the mill site in Tuesday’s edition.

Developer EG Funds Management presented the masterplan to Ashfield Council last week.

It includes three new streets, up to 300 dwellings, 2500sq m of retail space and 4000sq m of commercial space.


Lewisham Towers / Greenway links

29 Aug

I will update this page as more links become available- TF

Lewisham Towers

Excerpt from developer master plan.

The site, 2010.

Lewisham Part 3A development map
Map of the area for the proposed development at the corner of Old Canterbury Road and Longport Street Lewisham, NSW Australia. Site on Google earth-,151.144881&spn=0.006234,0.010729&z=16
Leichhardt Council Notice of Motion for Demian Constructions Part 3A application

Developer masterplan

Lewisham Towers opposition

“No Lewisham Towers” Community Oppostion website

Discussion on Marrickville Greens website

Discussion on Ashfield Greens website

Allied Mills (Mungo Scott Flour Mill)

Precedent for mill refurbishment 1 mile up line- Waratah Mills (Dulwich Hill).

In Sydney’s Dulwich Hill, Nettleton Tribe Architects converted a 1920s heritage-listed flourmill and silos into 84 apartments, known as Waratah Mill. Very successful.

Frontage to rail line.

Architect website-
Waratah Mills MLR station, Sydney-,_Sydney


The Allied Mills site, 2010


The Allied Mills site, 1910 (before construction of the goods line).

The same location, looking towards the Harbour (I love the wide open spaces!)

The same location, 2010. A portion of the old railway bridge truss has been preserved for posterity.


Ashfield Council LEP (Zoning) Map

Marrickville Council LEP (Zoning) Map

Greenway Extension

Greenway project-
High Line New York-

The Greenway today (on the Hawthorn Canal near Kegworth School). This shows fig trees planted 20 years ago by Greenway enthusiasts.

Sydney light rail extension project

Light Rail operator website

State Government Project Info (good links)

Sydney Council website with light rail documentation

History of Metropolitan Goods railway line, Sydney,_Sydney

Ecotransit website coverage


The Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway project – the Greenway project envisions a green corridor for cyclists, walkers and light rail running along the old goods line and linking the Cooks River to Iron Cove.  The proposed development will build right up to the rail line and pose a significant obstacle for the continuity of the Greenway project.

Following quoted from Community Oppostion website-

Bypassing the local community – Part 3A

The developer has decided to bypass the local Council and community and apply straight to the state goverment’s Minister for Planning, Kristina Kenneally.  They are able to do this under the controversial Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Part 3A was introduced by the NSW Labor government  in 2005.  It allows big developments to be declared ’state significant’ which then allows them to be assessed and approved by the Minister for Planning.  Locally elected councils and the community are bypassed in a process that lacks transparency.

Part 3A was widely seen as a reward to big developers who have made big donations to help fund the NSW Labor Party’s election campaigns.  Property developers donated $9.9 million to the NSW Labor Party between 2002-2007.

According to the Department of Planning’s own figures, under Part 3A 295 of 296 applications were approved (that’s 99.6% of applications).  That’s despite 14,000 public submissions being received against proposals.  Clearly, Part 3A serves developers well.

The community believes that this development should be assessed and decided by the locally elected council – Marrickville Council.  Local councillors know their community well and are directly responsible to the community.

The Lewisham site

Marrickville Council has now updated s Local Environment Plan (the master plan for the whole area).  During this work the old industrial sites along the goodsline in Lewisham have been identified as an area for possible re-zoning and urban renewal.  The Council has to produce a master plan for the entire area to ensure that it complements and contributes to the existing community.


The council’s new masterplan calls for an FSR of 1.7 to 1 on this site (Floor Space Ratio)

The current developer’s proposal is suggesting a FSR of 3.5 to 1!

The surrounding area generally consists of one or two storey residences.  Building sizes between three and six storeys are considered  appropriate for a residential redevelopment of the old industrial area of Lewisham.  

Marrickville Council produced and adopted a comprehensive Urban Strategy in 2007.  This strategy involved extensive community consultation.  Lewisham was identified as a ‘neighbourhood centre’.  Locating a major supermarket mall at Lewisham would make it an urban centre.  However, Lewisham does not have the infrastructure to be an urban centre and it will result in severe traffic congestion and loss of amenity for existing residents.

The Donations and the Consultant

Over the past decade there has been an unhealthy connection between big developers donating to the Labor and Liberal Parties and pro-developer laws and decisions being made.

The community is cynical and has lost confidence in our planning system.

A poll conducted by Galaxy Reserch for The Greens found an overwhelming 83% of NSW voters want a ban on donations from property developers to political parties and candidates.

A check on reveals that the Lewisham developer  ”Demian Constructions” has donated over $20,000 dollars through its sister company “Demian Developments”.

Former senior Labor Minister Carl Scully is a consultant for the developer.  He met with Marrickville Council staffon behalf of the developer prior to lodgement of the Part 3A application.  Carl Scully is not known for his architectural knowledge, so presumably he has been hired for his contacts and influence within the NSW Labor government.

For more information contact:  Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916 or