Meet Roelof Smilde - he has had many a rough day at the coalface, spending his early working life on the waterfront, searching for Argentine ants in the bush and driving a taxi through Sydney’s sometimes mean streets.But it’s the volunteer work he does with young, mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers in Glebe that brings a tear to Roelof’s eye. Find out more.
Meet Julie Brackenreg – every Thursday afternoon in Glebe, local residents provide a perfect example of community spirit in action as a team of volunteers help local school children with their studies. Homework Helpers Club, which is run by Hope Street Minister Julie Brackenreg and supported by a City of Sydney matching grant, brings together a pool of volunteers who spare time each week to provide one-on-one support to students. Find out more.
Neighbourhoods around Glebe Point Road are known for historic terraces and flats, ranging from public housing to prestige apartments. The area is close to the CBD and surrounded by extensive foreshore parklands. Neighbouring universities & educational institutions shape the area’s daily life.
Glebe Point Road provides a mix of cafés, restaurants, bookstores, galleries, boutique shops and a Saturday market. Stretching from the Broadway Shopping Centre to Rozelle Bay,the street also features heritage homes, community facilities and tourist accommodation.
Glebe is one of Sydney’s earliest villages, with heritage-listed buildings and links to key historical figures, such as Australia’s first prime minister. The equally historic Forest Lodge and adjacent parts of Annandale provide a quiet neighbourhood atmosphere. Recent apartments and warehouse conversions create a distinctive local character for Camperdown and the western edge of Ultimo.
The Glebe Point Road area is home to people of various nationalities and ethnic groups, including a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
The area has a relatively dense population despite its low-rise scale, with a mix of social and economic groups. It includes public housing tenants and professionals, with a significant transient student and tourist population. Neighbouring universities draw academics and students, including one of the largest young adult populations in the City of Sydney.
There are approximately 20,600 people living in the area and this is expected to rise by 14% to 23,500 by 2030.
City projects & services
Some projects the City has completed or are underway through our Local Action Plans and Sustainable Sydney 2030 include:
Parks, streets and facilities
- Glebe Point Road upgraded with traffic calming, wider footpaths, electricity cables underground, additional street trees and public art
- Foley Park renewed with improved landscaping, a new playground, and the Wireless House restored with a sonic art installation
- Glebe Foreshore walk extended and Bellevue House restored, with the last stage scheduled for construction in 2012-13 to complete 27.5ha of Glebe foreshore parkland
- Wentworth Park upgraded with new children’s play equipment, reopened viaduct arches, new toilets, more open space and improved access around the sporting complex
- Victoria Park renewed, including an outdoor fitness circuit, pool improvements and a new playground for children of all ages and abilities. The Gardener’s Lodge will be restored as a café
- Orphan School Creek landscaped as a native habitat for local flora and fauna with an accessible new children’s playground off Wood Street
- Johnstons Canal shared path upgrade commenced to provide pedestrians and bike riders with a wider path with new park furniture, native tree planting, and improved lighting
- Renewed parks and playgrounds, including MJ Dougherty Reserve, Mitchell Street Reserve, Jubilee Park Playground, Franklyn Street Playground, Ernest Pedersen Reserve, St James Park, Arundel Street Playground, Sarah Pennington Reserve, Lewis Hoad Reserve, Minogue Crescent Playground, May Pitt Playground and Fig Lane Park
- Glebe Town Hall restored, combining sustainable modern design and heritage preservation to create an accessible community facility
- Ian Thorpe and Victoria Park pools offering health and recreation services
- Draft City Plan, prepared with extensive consultation and urban design studies, establishes new planning controls to balance preservation of our distinctive villages with the need for housing and office, retail and industrial space
- Harold Park planning controls, securing 3.8 hectares of new public parkland, a sustainable redevelopment with around 1250 homes (including affordable housing) and conservation of the heritage Rozelle Tram Depot with community uses
Culture and community
- Village to Village shuttle bus, linking residents of Redfern, Waterloo and Glebe to local amenities such as Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Glebe Library, the Sydney Fish Market and the Broadway shopping centre
- Safe cycling encouraged through free cycling confidence and bike maintenance courses
- Glebe Library and Customer Service Centre, Benledi House, St Helen’s Community Centre and the recently opened Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator to provide for community meetings and events
- Over 55s services at St Helens Community Centre, including transport, Meals on Wheels, free computer use and an on-site community worker and recreational activities
- A Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Project Coordinator helps with access and advocacy
- Glebe Public School fence design and Earth vs Sky public art installations commissioned for the Glebe Point Road upgrade. A new City Art website maps Sydney’s public art
- Memorandum of Understanding with Housing NSW and regular public housing tenant meetings allow public housing tenants to raise concerns and ask questions of the City, Housing NSW and the NSW Police
- Public Housing Liaison Officer employed to support public housing tenants and help resolve their concerns with the City and Housing NSW
- Responsible pet ownership supported with a companion animals officer, free obedience classes and help for low-income residents
- Glebe Chamber of Commerce funded and a council local business precinct coordinator appointed to support local economic development and business associations
- Community and matching grant funding, supporting Centipede out of school hours childcare, Glebe Youth Services, Wentworth Park Games, Glebe Street Fair, Homework Helpers Club and the COW Belles Craft Collective informal craft club
What is your vision for your area? Here are some suggestions –
- Glebe Point Road is a thriving ‘main street’ shopping precinct for the Glebe Village, with a varied mix of retail and food businesses
- The area’s natural, social and built heritage continues to be preserved and promoted, particularly its distinctive Victorian properties and history of activism and artistic pursuits
- Residents from diverse backgrounds and economic groups connect through community projects, particularly those that support disadvantaged groups
- Academic and student life continues to shape the area, supporting eclectic bookstores, cafes and arts events
- The Harbour foreshore walk continues from Glebe to Garden Island, via Pyrmont, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Mrs Macquaries Chair and Woolloomooloo
- Parks, open spaces and playgrounds, especially along the foreshore, are sustainable, well maintained and easily accessible
- An expanded light rail network links to the CBD and Sydney’s west, south and east to reduce traffic and parking congestion
- Adequate public transport and safe walking and bike riding routes reduce vehicle congestion and allow residents to get to parks, shops, work, school and cultural facilities