Place

King Street

King Street village is a unique community with residents from a diverse range of incomes and backgrounds including university students, young professionals and families. Historic terrace houses sit side-by-side with newly built apartments and residential precincts. The village includes the vibrant and ever evolving King Street shopping and dining precinct and Sydney Park, which are some of the reasons residents are very proud of their community and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

The village is located in the south-west sector of the City of Sydney local area, and includes parts of the suburbs of Camperdown, Newtown, Erskineville and Alexandria. It is bounded by Parramatta Road to the north, Euston Road and Campbell Road to the south and King Street and Church Street to the west.

Sydney Park is the largest park in the City of Sydney and is located towards the southern end of the village. The park comprises extensive landscaping, a grass amphitheatre for community events, all-abilities playground, accessible toilets, kiosk and children’s cycling facility. There is also considerable green space within The University of Sydney at the northern end of the village.

What do residents like about their village?

“Bustling commercial strip and mix of people openly expressing themselves.”

“It’s very diverse – hippies, goths, greenies, young families, university students, gay/lesbian/queer, hospital employees, old codgers. The tolerance and progressive attitudes of residents.”

Source: City of Sydney Resident Consultations

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Housing

King Street village has a mix of housing comprising historic terraces and modern apartment buildings. In Newtown housing is primarily comprised of terrace houses. Camperdown and the area surrounding The University of Sydney comprises more modern apartment buildings and purpose-built student accommodation. Erskineville is a lively residential neighbourhood that has retained much of its historic working class architecture while also gaining contemporary apartments in large residential releases around Sydney Park and in the planned major urban renewal project within Ashmore precinct in the future.

Chart 1 shows the distribution of dwelling types in the village. Typical of an inner city location, the most common dwelling type within this village is the apartment category, which makes up over 60% of all dwellings. This sits below the City of Sydney local area average but well above the Metro Sydney average. Reflecting the large number of historic terrace houses throughout the village, semi-detached houses make up 35% of all dwellings in the village, well above the proportion of semi-detached dwellings in the City of Sydney (21%) and across Metro Sydney (13%).

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types

Connectivity

King Street is the major road through the village that connects the Princes Highway with the City of Sydney. Parramatta Road is a major arterial road that is located along the northern boundary of the village and connects the city with the western suburbs.

Figure 1 shows public transport infrastructure in the City of Sydney local area, including barrier counts for train and ferry stations in 2012. There are 3 train stations within King Street village including Newtown, with a daily passenger count of 12,780 in 2012, Macdonaldtown (1,740) and Erskineville (3,960). In addition, the village is well serviced by buses that run along King Street, Mitchell Street and Erskineville Road.

Pedestrian counts on King Street conducted in October 2013 counted 14,800 pedestrians on a weekday and 22,700 on a weekend day in the Newtown commercial area and 5,500 pedestrians on a weekday and 8,400 on a weekend day outside the core centre. By way of context, this compares to equivalent numbers of 121,700 and 62,800 for George Street near the corner of Liverpool Street, one of the busiest locations in the city centre.

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts

Facilities

King Street village provides a range of facilities catering for a wide demographic. This village has a high provision of open space and parks, the most significant of which is Sydney Park. In addition to this, there are several smaller parks scattered across the village including Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Erskineville Park and Hollis Park. The village is also bordered to the north-east by Victoria Park.

Significant community facilities within King Street village are shown in Figure 2 and include:

  • Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on King Street
  • Sydney Park Community Room on Kepos Street, St Peters
  • Joseph Sargeant Community Centre on Prospect Street, Erskineville
  • Brown Street Community Hall on Argyle Street, Newtown.

The City of Sydney Wellbeing (Residents) Survey highlighted the following opinions of residents regarding community facilities in their village:

  • good access to community halls, centres and libraries
  • excellent access to participate in sporting and recreational activities in their local area
  • good access to parks/open space, with residents also satisfied with the quality of parks/open space
  • many opportunities to participate in arts and cultural activities in their local area, ranking third highest across the 10 villages.

Figure 2 – Parks and Council Facilities

Figure 2 – Parks and Council Facilities

Events

The range of community events held within King Street village reflects the diverse and artistic nature of its residents and their strong sense of community. Many of these events present opportunities for local businesses to engage with the community. Popular events include:

  • Fringe Festival: An alternative arts and culture festival held in the inner west by the Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association. It is the largest alternative visual and performing arts event in NSW and encompasses genres such as stand-up comedy, music, theatre, cabaret, visual arts, and burlesque.
  • Newtown Festival: An annual event showcasing the best local and national music, arts, entertainment, creative enterprises, learning opportunities and food. The Newtown Festival is a celebration of the community with over 80,000 people attending.
  • Newtown Community Market: A community market is held in Newtown Square opposite Newtown railway station on King Street, from 10am to 4pm every Saturday. The market seeks to add vibrancy to Newtown's existing retail precinct and to offer local artists and craftspeople a location to promote and sell their unique creations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2015