East Sydney Cultural Quarter

The City of Sydney is currently planning and implementating several exciting projects in East Sydney, including new community facilities, upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities, and new and revitalised open spaces.

This is the place you can keep up-to-date with these projects and find out about opportunities to have your say in shaping the future of your local neighbourhood.

 

The City of Sydney is currently planning and implementating several exciting projects in East Sydney, including new community facilities, upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities, and new and revitalised open spaces.

This is the place you can keep up-to-date with these projects and find out about opportunities to have your say in shaping the future of your local neighbourhood.

 

News

  • Proposal to raise the level of O’Brien’s Lane, Darlinghurst

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    We are proposing to raise the level of the eastern section of O’Brien’s Lane to the same level as O’Brien’s Lane Reserve. This work will improve pedestrian safety and better integrate the area with the park.

    About 12.5 metres of O’Brien’s Lane will be raised to the same height as the reserve. Four steps at the end of the laneway will lead up to the footpath on Bourke Street. Pedestrians and vehicles will be able to use the raised lane.

    The proposed changes will maintain vehicle access to O’Brien’s Lane, while reducing vehicle speeds. This will improve safety....Read more

    We are proposing to raise the level of the eastern section of O’Brien’s Lane to the same level as O’Brien’s Lane Reserve. This work will improve pedestrian safety and better integrate the area with the park.

    About 12.5 metres of O’Brien’s Lane will be raised to the same height as the reserve. Four steps at the end of the laneway will lead up to the footpath on Bourke Street. Pedestrians and vehicles will be able to use the raised lane.

    The proposed changes will maintain vehicle access to O’Brien’s Lane, while reducing vehicle speeds. This will improve safety for pedestrians and extend O’Brien Lane Reserve.

    We have worked closely with the local community on plans to upgrade O’Brien Lane Reserve. The new proposal is in response to community feedback on the previous proposal to close a section of the lane to traffic, which is now not going ahead.

    You can view the proposed change. 

    We welcome your feedback on the proposal by 5pm 13 June 2014. You can send your submissions by email to kli@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au, or marked ‘O’Brien’s Lane Raised Threshold, Darlinghurst’ by post to:

    Chief Executive Officer

    Attention: Kee Li

    City of Sydney

    GPO Box 1591,

    Sydney, NSW 2001

    To speak with City of Sydney staff about this project, contact Kathleen Ng, Senior Project Manager, on 02 9265 9333 or email kng@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

    You can view printed copies of the proposed changes to O'Brien's Lane at the following Neighbourhood Service Centres:

    ·  CBD

    ·  Redfern

    ·  Green Square

    ·  Glebe

    ·  Kings Cross




    by Community Engagement 15 May 2014, 03:45 PM
  • Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre update

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    The developed designs for the new childcare and community centre at 277 Bourke Street and an update on new green spaces were showcased at a community information session on Saturday 13 April at Heffron Hall.

    View the plans in our Library:

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part A

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part B

    Darlinghurst Childcare - Drop off zones

    East Sydney Small Parks update

     


    Pop in to see the developed designs for the new childcare and community centre at 277 Bourke Street at our information session on Saturday 13 April.

    The....Read more

    The developed designs for the new childcare and community centre at 277 Bourke Street and an update on new green spaces were showcased at a community information session on Saturday 13 April at Heffron Hall.

    View the plans in our Library:

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part A

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part B

    Darlinghurst Childcare - Drop off zones

    East Sydney Small Parks update

     


    Pop in to see the developed designs for the new childcare and community centre at 277 Bourke Street at our information session on Saturday 13 April.

    The drop-in information session will be at Heffron Hall, 34–40 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, between 2pm and 4pm. The Lord Mayor will be in attendance from 2pm - 3pm.

    You can also give your ideas for a new space along Berwick Lane and a renewed park at Bourke Street/O’Brien’s Lane.

    View the plans in our Library:

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part A

    Darlinghurst Childcare & Community Centre Update - Part B

    Darlinghurst Childcare - Drop off zones

    East Sydney Small Parks update

    At the community meeting last December, the revised concept for the childcare centre was strongly supported. The centre will provide child care for 62 children. Access between the centre and the outdoor playground will be provided via a raised walkway. There will be a community space on the lower ground floor opening onto Berwick Lane and there will be improvements to surrounding public areas.

    We plan to transform the site of the existing small preschool at 222 Palmer Street into green space and we have bought land on the corner of Bourke and Stanley Streets from the Roads and Maritime Authority to improve the existing O’Brien’s Lane park, and are now seeking community insights and ideas for the future of these spaces.

    by Project Coordinator 08 Apr 2013, 11:11 AM
  • Visit the Sydney Your Say Oxford Street Stakeholders Hub

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    The Oxford Street Stakeholders Hub is a space for businesses and organisations on and around Oxford Street to access local news and events, as well as information on engagement activities. Reports from the two Oxford Street stakeholders events held in July and October 2012 are available along with latest news updates. You can also send us information to share as we work together to build on opportunities and address challenges facing the street. 

    The Oxford Street Stakeholders Hub is a space for businesses and organisations on and around Oxford Street to access local news and events, as well as information on engagement activities. Reports from the two Oxford Street stakeholders events held in July and October 2012 are available along with latest news updates. You can also send us information to share as we work together to build on opportunities and address challenges facing the street. 

    by Yvette 20 Dec 2012, 11:30 AM
  • Rainbow Crossing trial for Oxford Street

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    On Monday 14th December, the City of Sydney approved plans to paint the gay pride rainbow flag on Oxford Street.

    Crossings at Taylor Square and Whitlam Square will be awash with the vibrant colours in time for the 35th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

    On Monday 14th December, the City of Sydney approved plans to paint the gay pride rainbow flag on Oxford Street.

    Crossings at Taylor Square and Whitlam Square will be awash with the vibrant colours in time for the 35th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

    by Yvette 18 Dec 2012, 02:37 PM
  • Foley Street works

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    In June we consulted the community on the concept design for improvement works to Foley Street to help activate the laneway by providing a safe and appealing pedestrian link between Oxford and Crown Street, with opportunities for outdoor dining and greater street connection for local businesses. The plan includes a timed road closure between Crown Street and Burton Street.


    In June we consulted the community on the concept design for improvement works to Foley Street to help activate the laneway by providing a safe and appealing pedestrian link between Oxford and Crown Street, with opportunities for outdoor dining and greater....Read more

    In June we consulted the community on the concept design for improvement works to Foley Street to help activate the laneway by providing a safe and appealing pedestrian link between Oxford and Crown Street, with opportunities for outdoor dining and greater street connection for local businesses. The plan includes a timed road closure between Crown Street and Burton Street.


    In June we consulted the community on the concept design for improvement works to Foley Street to help activate the laneway by providing a safe and appealing pedestrian link between Oxford and Crown Street, with opportunities for outdoor dining and greater street connection for local businesses. The plan includes a timed road closure between Crown Street and Burton Street.

    We have recently repaved the footpath on Burton Street (between Oxford Square and Foley Street) and starting work to repave of Crown Street between Foley and Burton Street, and improve storm water drainage. The majority of improvement works for Foley Street are scheduled to start in January next year and are expected to take about 13 weeks to complete.

    For more information on the City’s plans please contact Luan Trinh, Project Manager, on 02 9265 9333 or by email ltrinh@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Visit our Oxford Street businesses and stakeholders' hub page to get involved in activities on Oxford Street.

    by Yvette 14 Dec 2012, 12:31 PM
  • The Eternity Playhouse to open in 2013

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    An exciting new theatre in Burton Street Darlinghurst will raise its curtain in early 2013. The Eternity Playhouse is named after the work of local folk hero Arthur Stace. The former Burton Street parishioner wrote the word Eternity on Sydney's streets in a beautiful copperplate script after becoming inspired by a stirring sermon.


    An exciting new theatre in Burton Street Darlinghurst will raise its curtain in early 2013. The Eternity Playhouse is named after the work of local folk hero Arthur Stace. The former Burton Street parishioner wrote the word Eternity on Sydney's streets in a beautiful copperplate script after becoming inspired by a....Read more

    An exciting new theatre in Burton Street Darlinghurst will raise its curtain in early 2013. The Eternity Playhouse is named after the work of local folk hero Arthur Stace. The former Burton Street parishioner wrote the word Eternity on Sydney's streets in a beautiful copperplate script after becoming inspired by a stirring sermon.


    An exciting new theatre in Burton Street Darlinghurst will raise its curtain in early 2013. The Eternity Playhouse is named after the work of local folk hero Arthur Stace. The former Burton Street parishioner wrote the word Eternity on Sydney's streets in a beautiful copperplate script after becoming inspired by a stirring sermon.

    The $7.9 million refurbishment of the former Burton Street Tabernacle began in late 2011 after extensive community consultation. The former Baptist church building will be transformed into a 200 seat theatre and creative arts hub.

    The makeover will add accessible lifts, a box office, gallery, bar and café.

    The building's refurbishment will retain its important historical features while including the latest in lighting, sound and stage technology. World-class sustainable features will also be introduced, such as solar power and the collection and recycling of rainwater for non-drinking purposes.

    Burton Street Tarbernacle was a 2-storey Victorian classical-style church built in 1887. The City bought the venue in 2004 and community consultation in 2007 revealed residents and business owners wanted more cultural spaces.

    The upgraded theatre will be leased to Darlinghurst Theatre Company, who work with independent theatre artists to develop and present productions.

    Residents and visitors will be able to see the Eternity Playhouse when its curtain is raised in early 2013.

    by Yvette 13 Dec 2012, 03:34 PM
  • New green spaces for East Sydney and Darlinghurst

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    Council has endorsed the creation of a new green space along Berwick Lane between Palmer Street and Palmer Lane. With the conversion of 277 Bourke Street into a childcare centre, the current small preschool in Palmer Lane will be retained by the City of Sydney and converted into green space. Community members have already suggested the site would make a terrific community garden. Stay tuned for your chance to get involved in planning the future of this new green space.


    Council has endorsed the creation of a new green space along Berwick Lane between Palmer Street and Palmer Lane.....Read more

    Council has endorsed the creation of a new green space along Berwick Lane between Palmer Street and Palmer Lane. With the conversion of 277 Bourke Street into a childcare centre, the current small preschool in Palmer Lane will be retained by the City of Sydney and converted into green space. Community members have already suggested the site would make a terrific community garden. Stay tuned for your chance to get involved in planning the future of this new green space.


    Council has endorsed the creation of a new green space along Berwick Lane between Palmer Street and Palmer Lane. With the conversation of 277 Bourke Street into a childcare centre, the current small preschool in Palmer Lane will be retained by the City of Sydney and converted into green space.  Community members have already suggested the site would make a terrific community garden. Stay tuned for your chance to get involved in planning what will happen on this new green space.

    The recent purchase of a small parcel of land on Bourke Street from the Roads and Maritime Authority will allow to undertake some much needed work on O'Brien's Lane park.

    by Yvette 12 Dec 2012, 02:47 PM
  • Darlinghurst Childcare Centre

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    A successful community meeting took place on 1 December to discuss the proposal for a new childcare centre at 277 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. The creative design solution gained strong support from the community. The  innovative design keeps Berwick Lane open to pedestrians by linking the childcare centre to the playground via a raised walkway. A raised deck area provides a sunlit outdoor playspace among existing trees with a ramp down to a lower playground. A roof top play area for babies is also part of the design. You can view the new design solution here.


    A successful community meeting took place on....Read more

    A successful community meeting took place on 1 December to discuss the proposal for a new childcare centre at 277 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. The creative design solution gained strong support from the community. The  innovative design keeps Berwick Lane open to pedestrians by linking the childcare centre to the playground via a raised walkway. A raised deck area provides a sunlit outdoor playspace among existing trees with a ramp down to a lower playground. A roof top play area for babies is also part of the design. You can view the new design solution here.


    A successful community meeting took place on 1 December to discuss the proposal for a new childcare centre at 277 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. The creative design solution gained strong support from the community. The  innovative design keeps Berwick Lane open to pedestrians by linking the childcare centre to the playground via a raised walk way. A raised deck area provides a sunlit outdoor playspace among existing trees with a ramp down to a lower playground. A roof top play area for babies is also part of the design. You can view the new design solution here.

    The childcare centre will provide space for 62 children plus a new community space on the ground floor. The Lord Mayor moved a minute at Council on 10 December reporting on the new design solution and the community response. You can read the Minute by the Lord Mayor here.

     

     

    by Yvette 12 Dec 2012, 02:41 PM
  • Community drop in session for the Heffron Hall and Albert Sloss Reserve upgrade

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    Thank you to those of you who drop in to see the plans for Albert Sloss Reserve, Palmer St Darlinghurst on Saturday, 9 February. The plans are now available online for you to view and comment on.


    Thank you to those of you who drop in to see the plans for Albert Sloss Reserve, Palmer St Darlinghurst on Saturday, 9 February. The plans are now available online for you to view and comment on.

    The 1966 building will undergo a makeover with more sustainable designs and better accessibility. New multipurpose spaces will be available for community hire, and there will....Read more

    Thank you to those of you who drop in to see the plans for Albert Sloss Reserve, Palmer St Darlinghurst on Saturday, 9 February. The plans are now available online for you to view and comment on.


    Thank you to those of you who drop in to see the plans for Albert Sloss Reserve, Palmer St Darlinghurst on Saturday, 9 February. The plans are now available online for you to view and comment on.

    The 1966 building will undergo a makeover with more sustainable designs and better accessibility. New multipurpose spaces will be available for community hire, and there will be improved out-of-hours school care facilities for up to 30 children. The upgrade of the hall will open it up with natural light, and have better connection with the neighbouring Albert Sloss Reserve Playground. New shades and better grass will also be installed for the renewal of the playground.

    The plans for Heffron Hall propose:

    • Creating a new foyer and entrance to ensure the building is accessible;
    • Improving the out-of-school-hours care facilities including creating a new open space;
    • Improving multipurpose spaces for community hire;
    • Activating Burton Street to establish a ‘creative arts hub’;
    • Improving connections between Albert Sloss Reserve, Heffron Hall and surrounding streets; and
    • Investigating options to relocate the existing Ausgrid infrastructure currently in Heffron Hall to provide more space for the proposed refurbishment works.

    The plans for Albert Sloss Reserve upgrade include:

    • New and improved entries from Palmer Street;
    • New play equipment;
    • Relocating grassed areas;
    • New planting and planter beds; and
    • New and more seating opportunities.

    If you wish to speak with Council staff about this project, please contact Marcia Morley, Senior Design Manager via mmorley@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au, or on 9265 9099.

     

     

    by Yvette 12 Dec 2012, 02:29 PM
  • Darlinghurst students help in the design of the Fitzroy Gardens Playground

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    Plans for the upgrade of Fitzroy Gardens Playground were approved by Council on 12 November 2012. You can view the final plans here. Thank you to the students from Darlinghurst Primary School who participated in the consultation process. See more of their 'dream playground' creations here

     

    Plans for the upgrade of Fitzroy Gardens Playground were approved by Council on 12 November 2012. You can view the final plans here. Thank you to the students from Darlinghurst Primary School who participated in the consultation process. See more of their 'dream playground' creations here

     

    by Yvette 12 Dec 2012, 02:23 PM