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The NSW Government has announced a proposal to renew the Explorer Street social housing estate in Eveleigh, Sydney.

Explorer Street concept drawing

The proposed redevelopment area includes social housing dwellings in Explorer Street and Aurora Place, as shown on the map below. The redevelopment area does not include nearby properties in Rowley Street managed by Bridge Housing.

The renewal would mean:

  • New and better social housing, mixed with private housing in new apartment buildings
  • New pedestrian-friendly streets
  • New public art and open spaces
  • A community facility for residents.

Explorer Street redevelopment boundary

Explorer Street social housing estate

Planning process

Planning will take up to two years, so if approved, there will be no relocation of residents before mid to late 2022 at the earliest and residents will receive at least six months’ notice before moving.

If the proposal is approved, residents will be supported through the relocation process and have the right to return. More information about the social housing relocations process is provided by the Department of Communities and Justice.

Over the next two years, we will work with the City of Sydney to seek feedback from residents and the local community at key stages throughout the planning process.

The first step is community engagement before we submit our planning proposal request with the City of Sydney in the coming months.

Timeline

Explorer Street planning process timeline

Community engagement

All local residents in Explorer Street and Aurora Place have been directly contacted and offered an opportunity to discuss the project with the project team.

The local community, local stakeholders, and local service providers have been directly invited to an online information session (webinar) or an online briefing so we can share our preliminary plans, gather feedback, and answer questions. The webinars are available to all people who register to participate.

Webinars

Please select your preferred webinar and register via this link. The same information will be provided at each webinar, so you will only need to register to attend one webinar.

Webinar 1Webinar 2Webinar 3
Thursday 19 November 3:00pm-4:00pmWednesday 25 November 3:30pm-4:30pmWednesday 25 November 5:30pm-6:30pm

It is important to register. Only people who have registered and received confirmation of their attendance will be admitted into the webinar.

Attendance will be confirmed by email with details of how to join and participate in the webinar. If you can’t make it, you can find out more about the proposal, ask questions and provide your feedback by contacting us.

A social impact assessment is being prepared for this proposal. After the webinars, an invitation will be sent to residents of the Explorer Street social housing estate to talk to the team about the social impact assessment, that will be part of the planning proposal request.

More information

Explorer Street Eveleigh infographic

A community information pack has been prepared for local residents, businesses, community groups and interested community members to provide more information about the proposal.

Read the community information pack

Feedback

You can provide your feedback to the project team. Your feedback will be used to prepare a community engagement summary report to lodge with the Request to prepare a planning proposal with the City of Sydney.

For this stage of the process, all feedback must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 11 December 2020. There will be further opportunities to have your say in coming months.

Contact us

Email: ExplorerSt@facs.nsw.gov.au

Call: 1800 738 718 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.