After two years, construction of City of Sydney’s new community and cultural precinct in Green Square is complete.
The centre – which breathes new life into heritage-listed buildings – is on the site of the old Royal South Sydney Hospital between Joynton Avenue and Portman Street in Zetland in Sydney’s inner south. The finished precinct – which will be officially launched by Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Saturday May 26 – consists of a childcare centre, creative centre, community shed, public artwork and a park.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure [the area] develops into a world-class urban neighbourhood with the services and facilities its residents and workers need,” the lord mayor said in an official statement.
The precinct is at the centre of a much larger $540 million of work planned for the area over the next 10 years, which will include a library, plaza, aquatic centre, parks, playgrounds, stormwater drains, roads, footpaths and potentially a light rail.
Green Square is a fast-growing neighbourhood; it’s expected to be home to 61,000 people by 2030 and this growth will be supported by the council’s $13 billion Green Square redevelopment project and nearby developments such as the $1 billion Eastlakes Live and Eastlakes Town Centre venture.
The just-completed Green Square community and cultural precinct includes the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre (designed by award-wining architect Peter Stutchbury), built in the former Esme Cahill nurses’ quarters. It will be managed by arts organisation 107 Projects and have studios and spaces for exhibitions and workshops.
The new Banga Community Shed will be managed by the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre, an environmental charity that offers free guidance to people fixing their electrical appliances, bikes and timber furniture. There are also workshops in basic carpentry and upholstery.
The shed looks out over Matron Ruby Grant Park, which has a playground and a community garden, and nearby is the Waranara Early Education Centre (managed by Goodstart Early Learning). The entrance of the precinct features artwork by Maria Fernanda Cardoso; While I Live I Will Grow is made of sandstone and Queensland bottle trees.
The precinct will be launched officially on Saturday May 26 between 11am and 3pm. Entry is via Portman Street, Zetland. Lord Mayor Clover Moore will officially open the area at 12pm. There will be food trucks, music, tours and architectural talks.
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