By Jane Dargaville
Despite the City of Sydney's own predictions its Green Square renewal project was a transport fiasco waiting to happen, it still holds high hopes for the project.
The Green Square project in Sydney aims to reinvigorate a cluster of the city’s oldest suburbs –including Zetland, Beaconsfield, Alexandria, Waterloo and Rosebery – and covers an area of 292 hectares in the city’s inner-south.
The City of Sydney’s vision is “to transform Green Square into an attractive, vibrant and sustainable urban place, with a diverse mix of housing, open spaces, offices, shops and facilities that will act as a focal point to the wider South Sydney area”.
At the heart of the development is the Green Square Town Centre, which is spruiked as a future vital and thriving commercial, retail, cultural and entertainment hub. Green Square is strategically located between Sydney’s CBD and Australia’s busiest international airport and shipping port, at Mascot and Botany Bay respectively.
After colonial settlement, the area was used as farmland before it evolved into the city’s main industrial area and, later, some parts were developed as housing for workers.
From the 1950s, manufacturing in the area began to decline and the vacant brownfield land that became a feature of the landscape was for many years considered to be of limited use.
With few public spaces or community facilities, inadequate roads and infrastructure, the area became degraded and decrepit.
With urban renewal, however, the locality is predicted to become a hub of economic and employment growth over the next half century.
Projections are that, by 2031, the area will have a residential population of more than 44,000 people and a workforce of 22000.
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