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Artist impression Waterloo South
Stage: Implementation
Address: Phillip and McEvoy Streets to the north and south, and Pitt and Cope Streets to the east and west.
Indicative land area: 19 ha

More social and affordable housing at Waterloo

The NSW Government has committed to an increase in social and affordable housing at Waterloo including:

  • 50% social and affordable housing in Waterloo South.
  • A minimum of at least 15% of all new social and affordable homes dedicated to Aboriginal people, helping to keep them connected to their community and working towards closing the housing gap.

Renewal of the Waterloo Estate

Homes NSW is working across government and with the community to renew Waterloo’s essential social housing infrastructure and deliver housing supply in a vibrant place to live, work and visit that is close to jobs and transport.

The Waterloo Renewal Project will enhance the strength and diversity of Waterloo, a unique urban village on Gadigal Land.

The renewal will deliver new homes, community places, and green spaces that prioritise the health and wellbeing of social housing residents and more sustainable mixed communities.

The project is underpinned by the following objectives:

  • New and better social housing: deliver more and better social housing in mixed communities to meet the needs of residents now and in the future.
  • Positive outcomes for residents: create a place that supports residents’ health and wellbeing, and sensitively manages change over time.
  • Outcomes for Aboriginal people: prioritise outcomes for the Redfern- Waterloo Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through planning, delivery, and operations.
  • An authentic sense of place: building on Waterloo's past and current strengths to create an authentic, distinctive, and welcoming place.
  • Environmental sustainability: support a community that is resilient to climate change and carbon-positive.
  • Strong collaboration: collaborate with the community, not-for-profit and private sectors to deliver social and housing outcomes.

Modern new housing

Homes NSW is renewing the Waterloo Estate to help address the housing crisis, and to give more people access to a place to call home.

The future homes will be modern and well-designed, and replace the existing older social housing located on the site.

At around 40-70 years old, the current homes and facilities are nearing the end of their intended lifespan and are also increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain.

Many of the homes in Waterloo do not meet contemporary accessibility and sustainability standards and many tenants have specific needs that can’t be met with current housing.

More open space, shops, and community facilities

The community also wants more open space, better facilities and shops that suit their needs – all important elements of a vibrant community.

The renewal of the estate will be staged over the next 30 years to enable a coordinated approach that minimises disruption for existing tenants.

The project is made up of three related stages: Waterloo South, Waterloo Central and Waterloo North.

Waterloo South

Waterloo South covers about 65 per cent of the Waterloo Estate and is the first stage of the renewal.

The rezoning of Waterloo South was finalised in late 2022. The planning controls are in effect which support the delivery of new social housing, affordable housing, and private homes with access to improved community facilities, parks, shops, and transport.

The project will deliver around 3,000 new homes, made up of social, affordable, and private housing as well as new and improved parks, open spaces and retail and community facilities.

The new social housing will meet modern accessibility and sustainability standards, including a minimum ‘Silver Level’ Liveable Communities Design Standard and some ‘Gold Level’ standards.

Buildings and outdoor spaces will be designed to minimise energy, water, waste, and urban heat effects, achieving minimum 6-star Green Star communities rating accreditation for the precinct.

We are creating mixed housing communities - where social housing blends with private and affordable housing, with better access to transport and employment, improved community facilities and open spaces.

Renewal Partner Shortlist

The following consortiums have progressed to the final round of the procurement process:

  • Stockland Development Pty Ltd / Link Wentworth Housing Limited / City West Housing Pty Limited / Birribee Housing Limited
  • Lendlease Development Pty Limited / St George Community Housing Limited / Tharawal Housing Aboriginal Corporation

The successful consortium is expected to be announced in mid-late 2024.

More information

Frequently asked questions

Read the Waterloo renewal project frequently asked questions.

Planning proposal

Waterloo South Planning Proposal

For more information go to the Waterloo South Planning Proposal.

Waterloo Central and Waterloo North

Homes NSW will continue working with the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure and the City of Sydney on plans for Waterloo Central and Waterloo North.


Media releases

People and Place

Homes NSW has prepared a draft Waterloo South People and Place Plan.

The draft plan has been prepared with input from tenants, stakeholders, and community over several years. It describes how the NSW Government and the renewal partner will work together with the community to achieve positive outcomes for the people and places in Waterloo.

The feedback period has closed. We will review all feedback and finalise the plan in the coming months.


Get in touch

The Waterloo Connect Office at Shop 2, 95 Wellington Street, Waterloo is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Please contact the team at (02) 9384 4134 or email WaterlooConnect@homes.nsw.gov.au

The Waterloo DCJ Housing Office is located at 232 Pitt Street, Waterloo.

Please contact the team at (02) 9384 4166.