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My Place - Local Community Survey 2017

The South Sydney community, incorporating the urban renewal precincts of Green Square and Ashmore, continues to experience significant changes as redevelopments take shape and the population grows. The City of Sydney council is working closely with the community to ensure services and amenities keep pace with these changes to the residential and commercial profile of the region. 

In line with these endeavours, City Futures has previously carried out two community surveys in the Green Square urban renewal precinct. The first, a pilot study in 2013, was funded by UNSW Built Environment and supported by the City of Sydney. And in 2014, the City of Sydney funded a more comprehensive, and more representative, survey of the Green Square precinct.

So that the City of Sydney can identify how it might best support communities’ social wellbeing associated with environmental, economic and social changes, it is essential to collect information about the experiences and desires of residents and workers. This includes their satisfaction with, and feelings of attachment and belonging to, the places they live and work, the nature of their social interactions and social cohesion, and their plans and desires regarding their local areas. To this end, this project will provide a report presenting the results of the community survey along an overview of the implications of the survey findings for the City’s core functions. The previous surveys of the Green Square urban renewal precinct provided important information about the community with implications for community development, for open space and public domain planning, for building design and for place making.

This 2017 edition of the survey expands to include residents likely to be impacted by the already underway Green Square renewal as well as those likely to be affected by the upcoming Ashmore renewal. It continues with the 2013 and 2014 surveys by focussing on measuring the social interaction and community cohesion among residents and workers. The findings will inform the City of Sydney’s work in providing targeted community facilities, amenities and support services in the South Sydney area.

Green Square Community Survey Report 2017

Green Square Executive Summary

Ashmore Community Survey Report 2017

Ashmore Executive Summary

Click here to read about the 2014 survey results, and here to read about the 2020 survey results.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the MyPlace Community Survey Prize draw!

Sally E, Erskineville

Lee B, Beaconsfield

Stephanie P, Zetland

Suzanne M, Erskineville

Rachael S, Zetland


Leading organisation

University of New South Wales

Funded by

City of Sydney Council

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