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King Street neighbourhoods feature a mix of social classes, ethnic groups and alternative ideas. These residential areas surround major institutions, including the University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
King Street is at the heart of the area, offering retro fashion, bookshops, live music and bars. There are many restaurants and cafes along the busy strip, where locals and visitors can find a range of international cuisines from Italian to Vietnamese. The adjacent Erskineville shopping strip provides a mix of shops and cafés in a village atmosphere.
Heritage terrace homes sit alongside modern apartment buildings in Newtown, Camperdown and Erskineville. In Alexandria, converted warehouses contrast with new multistorey developments. Sydney Park provides expansive green space and residents can access many pocket parks.
Residents pride themselves on strong community, progressive ideas, creativity and environmental awareness. There was a strong and successful community campaign to save the local school. The (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) community is prominent and there are many young families as well as public housing tenants.
40% of people in the area use public transport to travel to work – double the Sydney average. The area also has the highest proportion of people who travel to work by bike at 2.8% – almost five times the Sydney average. The principal employment here is higher education and research accounting for 46% of all jobs, reflecting the proximity of the University of Sydney.
There are approximately 18,800 people living in the area and this is expected to rise to approximately 28,400 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
- Sydney Park improvements, including extensive landscaping, grass amphitheatre for community events, new all-abilities playground, accessible toilets and a kiosk. Fitness equipment will be installed
- A stormwater reuse scheme in Sydney Park to save millions of litres of water to top up the wetlands and irrigate the park, and potentially be made available to other users
- Victoria Park renewal 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
- Local park and playground improvements at Burren Reserve, Kirsova No 2 Playground, Flora and Knight Reserve, Rochford Street Playground, Pinkstone Playground, Green Bans Park, Union Street Playground, WJ Thurnbon Reserve, Larkin St Reserve, Union Street Park and Goddard Street Playground
- Lillian Fowler Reserve transformed with a new playground with climbing structures, slides, swings and an adventure play area, new sporting facilities, new landscaping and paving, underground stormwater harvesting system, bike racks and improved access
- Erskineville Town Hall upgraded with improvements to access and amenities and further heritage restoration planned
- Smartpole installation in King Street fast-tracked to align with Ausgrid work and provide high quality street lighting and reduce visual clutter
- Victoria Park Pool, heated and open all year, offers 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
- Ashmore Estate planning controls developed through extensive research and consultation, with strong advocacy to oppose state intervention to greatly increase densities
Culture and Community
- King Street’s Green Living Centre, a joint initiative with Marrickville Council, offers environmental advice, free workshops, bike library and business programs to the community
- Safe cycling encouraged through free cycling confidence and bike maintenance courses
- Over 55s services at the Cliff Noble Centre in Alexandria, including transport, Meals on Wheels, free computer use and an on-site community worker and recreational activities
- A GLBT Project Coordinator helps with access and advocacy
- Gay and Lesbian Collection created at Newtown Library with more than 600 fiction, non-fiction, reference and audiovisual items
- Educational, employment and recreational programs for young people provided through the Erskineville Youth Program
- Responsible pet ownership supported with a companion animals officer, free obedience classes and help for low-income residents.
- Matching grants supporting storytelling workshops and a showcase event to develop and tell local stories from the Inner West
- Festival funding to support the Fringe Festival, Yabun Festival and Mardi Gras Fair Day in Victoria Park
- Cultural and business grants supporting organisations such as Newtown’s New Theatre, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (Newtown Festival), PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and Newtown Precinct Business Association
- Subsidised venue space for PACT Centre for emerging artists, Tom Bass Sculpture School and the Women’s Library
- A local business precinct coordinator appointed to support local economic development and business associations, including the Shop Local Campaign
- An agreement to coordinate business development signed by the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council
What is your vision for your area? Here are some suggestions –
- King Street continues to be a lively and pedestrian-friendly main street filled with unique retail and food stores
- Erskineville village is a green, low scale residential area with walkable streets connecting to the Erskineville Village Centre and beyond
- Improvements around Newtown Station and adaptive reuse of the Tram Sheds create a creative and cultural hub linking Erskineville Road and King Street
- Sydney Park provides expansive regional open space with leading water sustainability, inviting recreational facilities, and innovative cultural activities in the restored brick kilns
- The area maintains its varied cultural and economic mix, with community projects and cultural activities to build connections between residents
- Heritage buildings and facades, terraces and warehouses are preserved
- Public art celebrates local history and communities
- 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