Our meeting with Mirvac 1 May 2018

Our meeting with Mirvac 1 May 2018

Community Reference Group Meeting, East Carrington Rd

Save Marrickville Notes

Date:   Tuesday 1 May, 2018



  1. Site Tour

- A tour of the East Carrington Site took place at 5:00pm.  Kelsie and Carolyn attended and can update further


  1. Adoption of Terms of Reference

- Determined that we would take on notice as we only received the revised Terms of Reference the day prior to meeting.

Non-Agenda Item:  A question was raised about the workshop with Tenants that was held last week. 

- Ross (Chair) stated that the purpose of the workshop was to reassure the businesses of the timeline, and to “myth bust” what would happen then in regard to lease arrangements etc.  The workshop was interactive focusing on the businesses there today and appetite for redeveloped precinct in the future.  They will show outcomes and numbers from that survey when they are ready, however there was a level of interest in terms of staying on the site and the tenants provided information around how plans could enable that.  They received feedback on what business are keen on in terms of access, design, market and customers.

  1. Architects overview and urban design process (David Haseler, FJMT)

- David Haseler is the Principle of FJMT – Francis Jones Moreten Thorp) which is a multi-displinary design studio that are interested in the enhancement and contribution to the public realm and includes architecture, interiors, urban design landscape and community (placemaking and engagement).

The way that they approach a design for project:

  • Understanding site characteristics, morphology (natural systems, fall of land)
  • Place (stories of site and meaning)
  • Community (aspirations of community and what is valued).
  • Idea (conceptual approach to challenges, guide design through the process to deliver).

How they go about it:

  • Analysis (data)
  • Design Principles (guide the design through the process; will discuss more in the next session)
  • 3D exploration (level changes etc.)
  • Design integration (use all skills and disciplines to get best overall outcome

Other Projects by FJMT

The Mint – Sydney Living Museums

The Harrington Collection in The Rocks

Newcastle Museum

Wonderland Apartments – Central Park, Sydney

Inner City High School – Surry Hills

200 George St

Darling Quarter

Marrickville Metro Entrance

East Carrington Rd

- In approaching this project, they have started with the Character of Marrickville based on previous research and discussion from our last workshop.  This was broken out in slides covering:

Impressions of Marrickville:

  • It has an inclusive community of people with varied backgrounds.
  • It has a strong industrial heritage and embraces a market culture.
  • It sees value in and embraces locally sourced goods and is therefore a good place for businesses to start up.
  • It has a maker spirit and this is strongly represented in East Carrington Rd.
  • It has a passion around sustainability and many initiatives have taken place in Marrickville.

Opportunities for Site:

  • Maker Spirit
  • Unique Landscape in terms of organic relationship to Cooks River.
  • Understand how the natural systems influence the site.
  • Connection to transport hubs.
  • Build on traditions and character of the Inner West
  • Embrace technology, creativity and individuality
  • Create a vibrant space and community.


  • Currently it is an island site that creates barriers to the transport hubs. You don’t move through, but move around it.
  • FJMT were involved in the previous plan, but want to get more detailed community involvement this time around.
  • Carolyn suggested that we share the Save Marrickville Character Report with them.
  • A number of people in the group raised heritage concerns and in particular the indigenous heritage of the site and the migrant waves.
  • There was a suggestion by Ross that the CRG group could travel to Harold Park/Tramways to see a live environment. 5 hectares were returned to the City of Sydney for parklands.  There are 1300 apartments and up to 8 stories.
  • I raised a question about the residential and density aspects of the design process as this was missing from the presentation. Domenic Hunt from Mirvac responded that the number and density of dwellings would depend on the amount of public works that they decided on and therefore how much revenue would need to be raised to pay for it. He explained that the agreement has non negotiable and negotiable aspects:


  • must address the flooding and roadwork


  • Open Spaces
  • Affordable Housing
  • Community Facilities.

There are no height restrictions in place.     

  1. Forward meeting structure, dates and agenda
  • The proposed meeting structure and dates are as follows:

Meeting 3:             9th May

  • Presention and Workshop: Draft urban design principles
  • Workshop: Draft landscape design principles (Aspect Studio: Landscape Company).

Meeting 4:                            23rd May

  • Workshop: Traffic, transport and connection.
  • Workshop: Social Infrastructure and Community Benefits.

Meeting 5:                            Late June

  • Presentation and Workshop: Preliminary design for the revised proposal (at this point we would look at density and height of planned proposal).

- Members of the CRG raised concerns that there was not enough time between meetings to go back to stakeholders and gather responses/concerns/questions.   Ross said that they would review whether they could move meeting 4 out another week (TBC).