Green Square precincts

Much of the current development in the Green Square neighbourhood is happening in 4 distinct precincts, each with their own unique history and character.

Green Square town centre

Green Square’s town centre is bordered by Botany Road, Bourke Street, Portman Lane, Joynton Avenue and Tosh Lane. The town centre is right next to Green Square railway station.

The Big Waterloo Dam once dominated this area. Fellmongering, pottery and wool washing businesses thrived because of the excessive water flowing through the site.

Featuring an innovative library and public plaza, the town centre will be a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, especially during City of Sydney festivals such as Chinese New Year.

The town centre features Sydney’s first high street built in over 100 years. Named after Octavius Bayliffe Ebsworth, a wool broker and manufacturer, Ebsworth Street will be a vibrant retail precinct featuring artisan-style retailers, alfresco dining and diverse shopping experiences.

Named after the wool drying process, the Drying Green community park lies in the heart of the town centre. The City is also breathing new life into the old South Sydney Hospital site adapting it into a creative hub and childcare centre.

Epsom Park precinct

The Epsom Park precinct is bounded by Epsom Road, South Dowling Street and Joynton Avenue.

Once part of the Waterloo Swamp, this area was drained by Sir James Joynton Smith to create the Victoria Park racecourse, which opened in 1908.

In the 1950s, the racecourse closed and became the site of the British Motor Corporation factory.

Zetland Avenue will be a tree-lined boulevard running through Epsom Park. At 36m wide, it will link the area to the Green Square town centre. It’s named after Zetland Lodge, a well-known training stable established in 1874.

Grandstand Parade lies next to the original Victoria Park racecourse home straight while Ascot Avenue is named after Botany’s Ascot Racecourse.

Located on Joynton Avenue opposite the South Sydney Hospital site, the Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre will be the focal point of the precinct.

Inspired by Sydney's famous ocean swimming spots, this new aquatic centre will offer a range of swimming experiences and will seamlessly connect with a park and multi-purpose playing field.

Lachlan precinct

The Lachlan precinct is bounded by Lachlan Street, Bourke Street, South Dowling Street and O'Dea Avenue in Waterloo.

In this precinct, 3 iconic industries once thrived: A Forsyth & Co – Sydney’s first rope making works, Dunkerley Hat Mills – maker of Akubra hats and Reed Paper Products – maker of playing cards, hat boxes and cardboard containers.

Dunkerley Place is named after the inventor of the Akubra whose factory thrived here in 1918 while Hatter Lane recognises the workers who produced thousands of hats at the mills.

Reed Street is named after Reed Paper Products, which covered 5.2 hectares in Redfern and Waterloo. By 1938 it was the largest manufacturer of paper products in Australia. Mystic Lane is named after their playing cards and Hatbox Place after their hatboxes.

Archibald Avenue is the main retail street of the Lachlan precinct and is named after Archibald Forsyth who established the Australian Rope Works here in 1865. The Ropewalk Park refers to Forsyth’s ropewalk where rope was twisted into lengths.

Tung Hop and Sam Sing Street are named after 2 Chinese market gardeners who were well known in the area during the 1880s and early 1900s.

Dyuralya Square will be the civic heart of the Lachlan precinct, with flexible spaces for small events, markets and performances. Dyuralya means brolga in the Sydney language. These water birds were often seen in the area before industrialisation.

North Rosebery precinct

The North Rosebery precinct lies to the north of the long-established Rosebery residential estate and is bounded by Epsom Road, Dalmeny Avenue, Kimberley Grove and Rothschild Avenue.

In 1884 The Beaconsfield Estate was promoted as the “Working Man’s Model Township” while in 1911 Rosebery was promoted as “Sydney’s model residential and industrial suburb”.

Factories were separated from housing by parklands and no two neighbouring houses were the same.

North Rosebery is a neighbourhood in transition from industrial use to mixed-use including medium-density residential development and commercial and retail.

The new residential development will include upgrades to the public domain such as new open spaces and a finer grain street network.

For example, a new central park at the corner of Rosebery Avenue and Crewe Place will become a focal point for the community and a network of new streets and pedestrian/bike only lanes will make the precinct highly accessible to all.