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Vacant block to become new community square

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February 07, 2018

The City of Sydney will soon begin transforming a vacant block of land in Waterloo into a new community square with garden terraces, a paved courtyard and spaces for performances, markets and events.

Dyuralya Square will sit at the heart of the Lachlan urban renewal precinct, a 15-minute walk from the Green Square town centre, one of Australia’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods.

The 2,000 square metre community space will also feature a raised grass lawn, dozens of new trees, a new footpath and cycleway, and paving, lighting and seating.

A future residential development along the southern side of the square will include shops and cafés on the ground level.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Dyuralya Square would become a sanctuary for local residents and a popular meeting place for workers and visitors from across the wider Green Square area.

“Green Square is one of the newest precincts in the country, so we are taking this opportunity to transform unused land into a world-class urban square providing beautiful recreational space to meet the needs of our local community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It will be a great place for people to relax and socialise, whether it’s sitting with a book in the shady tree groves or having a picnic with friends and family on the lawn.

“This new community square will be enjoyed by locals and visitors all year round, and it will also boost the surrounding shops and cafes and create opportunities for future business growth.”

Located on the proposed transit corridor of Gadigal Avenue, Dyuralya Square will be linked by shared pathways and cycleways to nearby shops on Archibald Avenue and the popular children’s playground at Wulaba Park. The square will also provide easy access to buses and a potential future light rail stop.

Construction work will start in February and is expected to take about 12 months.

Bordered by Amelia, Murray and Bruce streets, the site of the new square was purchased by the City in 2010.

The Lachlan precinct sits within the 278-hectare Green Square development area, which includes the suburbs of Beaconsfield and Zetland, and parts of Rosebery, Alexandria and Waterloo.

The City is spending $540 million over the next 10 years on extensive infrastructure and streetscaping works for Green Square and new community facilities. These include an aquatic centre, library and plaza, creative centre, childcare centre and more than 15 parks and open spaces.

When fully developed, Green Square will accommodate close to 61,000 people living in 30,500 new homes, and provide around 21,000 permanent jobs.

The Lachlan precinct was once dominated by freshwater swamps and creeks and was a valuable hunting ground for the local Gadigal people. Dyuralya Square takes its name from the Gadigal word for the brolga, a species of crane that once thrived in the wetlands.

The area was later used as Chinese market gardens and a nursery, with Victorian terraces to the east. In the early 20th century, the swamp was drained and warehouses and factories started dominating the area.

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