The new Central Station Precinct is a major redevelopment project aimed at revitalizing the area surrounding Sydney's iconic railway station.
The project will transform the area into a vibrant hub for business, retail, and cultural activities. Guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ethos Urban undertook an analysis of strategic drivers impacting the project from a social and health equity perspective as well as a comprehensive review of the context of the project from the economic and social perspective across defined study areas.
The main challenge for Ethos Urban to overcome was ensuring social outcomes were optimised for current and future communities of the precinct and surrounding neighbourhoods including Redfern and Chippendale.
A detailed, benchmark-based analysis of supply and demand for social and health infrastructure within the defined study area, both current and forecast, was undertaken. The final section of the analysis applied best-practice approaches to assessing health and health equity impacts of the project, based on the parameters of the current proposed Structure Plan.
The study sets out recommendations for optimising social sustainability outcomes through the delivery of the Central Precinct Renewal Project, drawing on the evidence base, and social infrastructure and health impact assessments presented in this report. The key SDGs of relevance to the study include Goals 3 (Health and Wellbeing), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).
Social infrastructure, including health infrastructure was recommended to be delivered on community needs within the study area. The study specifically advises on social and health equity impacts of the project, and ways in which these may be responded to and addressed in the delivery of this State Significant Precinct - including through the Reference Master Plan.