Construction of a new public park will soon commence on a disused block of land in Waterloo, transforming the lot into a new community square with garden terraces, paved courtyards and spaces for performances, markets and events.
Designed by Oculus, Dyuralya Square will sit at the heart of the Lachlan urban renewal precinct, a 15-minute walk from the Green Square town centre.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Construction of the Aquatic Centre, designed by Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw and TCL Landscape Architects will begin shortly. To be built by CPB Contractors it will be the largest aquatic centre to be built in Sydney in nearly 20 years.
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.