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Green Square’s new cultural centre comes to life

New life for former South Sydney Hospital site

The Green Square community and cultural precinct promises to invigorate the heart of the growing neighbourhood.

Two years after construction began, the state-of-the-art precinct is ready to be explored. The area includes a creative centre, community shed, childcare centre, park and public artwork.

The heart of the Green Square town centre is built on the former South Sydney Hospital site on Joynton Avenue in Zetland.

The City of Sydney has committed $540 million over the next 10 years to the Green Square town centre. The new community and cultural precinct will sit at the centre of the development.

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre will house artist studios, exhibition spaces and workshop rooms.

Spaces in the precinct include:

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre – the former nurses’ quarters in the 3-storey Esme Cahill Building have been refurbished as artist studios, creative offices, exhibition and workshop spaces and indoor and outdoor spaces for hire.

Banga Community Shed features a repair café, community garden and children’s playground.

Banga Community Shed – housed in a former pathology building, the shed features a community garden and children’s playground. The shed includes a repair café, where locals can develop new skills and learn about the benefits of repairing and reusing household goods.

Waranara Early Education Centre can host 74 children.

Waranara Early Education Centre – a former outpatient building has been transformed into a childcare centre with places for 74 children. The centre features indoor and outdoor play spaces, a vegie garden, outdoor kitchen and digging patch.

While I Live I Will Grow, an artwork by Maria Fernanda Cardoso.

The precinct also includes an artwork by Sydney-based, Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso, While I Live I Will Grow. The artwork features a family of bottle trees planted at the entrance of the site within a spiral sandstone sculpture. It is designed to grow with the local community and provide a welcoming place for visitors to the area to explore or take a break.

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