2011 Residents' Association

Residents of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo

2011 Residents Association

Who are the 2011 Residents Association? What do we do?

We are a residents’ action group that advocates for residents and businesses in the 2011 postcode covering Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo. We have led and supported campaigns for increased public transport (Save the 311 Bus campaign), to preserve the historic streetscape of the neighbourhood (the 2018 campaign to save the Bourbon Hotel site from redevelopment), to improve public amenity (reopening of Fitzroy Gardens bathroom facility for market patrons, tourists and residents), and in support of community projects (vegetable and flower gardens, the Kings Cross Dog Show, etc.).

Our members live in the 2011 postcode area and have history here. We have seen our area grow and thrive, but at times we’ve also seen it challenged. Throughout all, we have maintained our strong advocacy role to protect and improve the safety and amenity for all who live in, work in, and visit the 2011 postcode.

Minerva Theatre (Metro Cinema), Orwell Street, Potts Point threatened with redevelopment

The Minerva Theatre has been a feature of Potts Point and Kings Cross since the 1930s. It has been a cultural hub first for theatre goers and then (renamed as the Metro Cinema) for movie goers.

In recent years it has been used as film studios and then was mostly dormant for some time, but the Minerva/Metro could still be rejuvenated as a living theatre and a focus for the arts in Potts Point and Kings Cross.

Recently a real estate developer has submitted plans to greatly alter the building and make it into a boutique hotel and restaurant. You can see the development application here.

To see the Minerva/Metro developed into a hotel would be a great loss for the whole of Sydney.

You can read 2011 Residents Association submission here.

We urge you to make your personal submission on this DA. Email it to dasubmissions@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au . Submissions must be sent before 5pm on 15 September.

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Remembering our friend Norman Thompson

The 2011 Residents Association asks you to pause a moment and join us in remembering Norman Thompson, a dear friend, neighbour and irreplaceable member of our organisation.
Norman worked with 2011RA on many neighborhood campaigns over the years, and always bought organisational energy, ideas and methods born of many years experience working in and around government. He was also an active member of our neighbouring organisation DRAG (Darlinghurst Residents Action Group) and was instrumental in saving the sensitive site next to St John’s Church in Darlinghurst Road from becoming a massive high rise.
Norman was a fount of first-hand knowledge about politics, whether local, State or Federal. We regularly sought his help and guidance when government proposals impacted our community, and Norman always took the time to explain the history and background of the parties he had so closely studied for years: the ever-changing cast of characters, how they related to one another in the so-called ‘corridors of power’, and of course the back-room clashes and intrigues. He could also demolish those who deserved it with a succinct and withering one-liner, accompanied by that devilish and lovable smile of his, a smile as wide as Taylor Square, that could light up a dinner table as well as a crowded public meeting.
We have lost a dear and much-loved friend; the ongoing struggle for what is good and just has lost a fighter; and our community has lost a respected colleague and comrade.
Norman passed away peacefully on Monday morning March 22nd 2021 at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Andrew, Norman’s partner of 36 years.

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Save our Kings Cross village: stop the new development plans for The Bourbon


What do we love about our village?

We love a reborn Kings Cross/Potts Point daytime and night-time economy
We love the village vibe with new boutiques, galleries, cafes and tea houses, bakeries, small bars and our very own cheese shop
We love the neighbourly spaces where Macleay Street meets Darlinghurst Road
We love a diverse community that welcomes others to enjoy our village

What will destroy our village?

A new Development Application for The Bourbon, Darlinghurst Road is currently on exhibition. If approved by Sydney City Council, this will mean:

  • 4+ years of constant truck traffic, noise, dust and dirt from deep excavation beside renowned residential and heritage listed buildings
  • 14,000+ truck movements through our narrow local streets. That’s 1 truck every 9 minutes 6 days a week for more than 6 months just for the demolition
  • 8 storey buildings housing 2 large pubs operating 24/7, hotel accommodation and 54 residential apartments on one block
  • Pedestrians, outdoor café and bar patrons will disappear. How will local business survive more than 4 years of loaded trucks and no parking on local streets? Construction mayhem from 7am 6 days a week?
  • Residents and business along the length of Macleay Street, Darlinghurst Road, Roslyn Street, Llankelly Place and the surrounding neighbourhood will face extreme disruption for years. Public pain for private gain?

What will our village look like?

  • No more vibrant neighbourhood with a friendly vibe day and night. In its place are 2 large hotels along with hotel accommodation inside an enormous bulky, bland exterior. Little sunshine on the streets to make outside dining a pleasure
  • No more independent small bars, cafes, restaurants, bakeries and shops. Patrons won’t queue for coffee, eat outside or shop on Macleay Street and Darlinghurst Road during more than 4 years of noise, dust, dirt and traffic congestion. With no direct sunshine and little light, will they return?

 Take action now to save our village!

  1. Learn more about the new Development Application for The Bourbon. Go to https://online2.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/DA/IndividualApplication?tpklapappl=1492052 
  2. Email in your objection to Sydney City Council at dasubmissions@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au by 20 October 2020. Make sure you quote the DA number: D/2020/916. You should also include your name and address.
    Some suggested points to make (write these in your own words and add your own!):
    – 4+ years of truck movements
    – Endless noise, dust and dirt for residents and businesses
    – One 10 storey building and other buildings of 8 stories
    – Parking will disappear
    – How will local businesses survive?
  3. Write to the Sydney City Council councillors – here are their email addresses: https://2011residentsassociation.wordpress.com/council-of-the-city-of-sydney-email-addresses

    More suggestions for your personal submission:
    – If approved The Bourbon DA will have a “domino effect” in Potts Point: seeing the 10 storey development in The Bourbon and the 20 storeys, developmers will ask Council to approve other high buildings, beyond the current height limits, all the way along Darlinghurst Road.
    – Constant shadowing (rather than sunshine)
    – Displacement of low-cost accommodation (e.g. the residents of the Commodore Hotel will be asked to leave if the The Bourbon DA is approved)

    For yet more suggestions, see the 2011 Residents Association’s submission re the new DA for The Bourbon (D/2020/916)

Coronavirus Crisis: Suggestions and Resources

Our thoughts are with our family members, colleagues and neighbours during this crisis. We strongly advise everyone in our neighbourhood to follow the rules that have been set up by the Australian Government’s Department of Health to protect everyone’s health. You can read these here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Remember that these rules and recommendations are being updated daily — so please keep up to date by reading your newspaper of choice, e.g. Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian or The Australian, or by visiting the ABC News website (including ABC Health), ABC Radio and other ABC outlets.

NSW COVID-19 Hotline
Service NSW has set up a 24/7 hotline to handle COVID-19 inquiries.
Phone number: 13 77 88

Coronavirus App
The Federal Government has released a FREE app to help people stay up to date with COVID-19 information. Available from Google Play and Apple Store. You can use the Australian Government Coronavirus app to:

  • stay up to date with the official information and advice;
  • view important health advice to help stop the spread and stay health
  • check your symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else
  • find relevant contact information if you need assistance

Conoravirus WhatsApp
The Federal Government has released a WhatsApp service for people to use to ask coronavirus related questions. Download WhatsApp from your relevant app store and send a message to +61 400 253 787. You will receive a response guiding you through how to find the information you are looking for.

Police Powers and Reporting 
NSW Police can now issue fines of $1,000 to individuals and $5,000 fines to corporations for breaches of the Public Health (COVID-19 Quarantine) Order. New penalties also extend to people found to be not following isolation rules. If you see any behaviours that breach the regulations made clear by the NSW Government in the Public Health (COVID-19 Quarantine) Order, you can make reports to the Crime Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000.  More information about what behaviours would be deemed infringements can be found here:

If you live in an apartment block, we suggest you ask your building manager or director to:

  • Put up signs to inform people what to do – and whom to notify – if they contract the virus. These signs should include a list of volunteers in the building, contact details  and what they are prepared to do to help or support those who are confined to quarters because they are sick or because they need to self-isolate.
  • Put up signs reminding residents to closely follow the rules: 1.5 metres social distancing and regular hand hygiene
  • Put signs beside and inside the lift saying: “Until further notice, a maximum of one person permitted inside this lift at a time”
  • Put dispensers of alcohol-based hand sanitiser in the entrance lobby and inside all lifts.

This is a great time for people to care and show compassion towards others: it will also make our community stronger.   This is one reason we choose to live in a village and not a suburb.

Following the rules could save your life or the life of the elderly and other vulnerable people that you come into contact with.

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Bad News for Orwell Street and Hughes Lane

Sydney City Planning Committee this evening passed the development of 6-8 Orwell St, Potts Point (the former Eva’s Backpackers). The vote was 3 for 1 against. The height will be 6 stories — in a Heritage Conservation Area. What was passed was: 3 storey building converted into a 6 storey residential flat building” with 15 apartments, with “communal lobby” and landscaped rooftop terrace. The site also has frontages to Hughes Lane and Hughes Place. The revised scheme includes the following design changes: – 3m building setback to Orwell Street, reduction in overall gross floor area, and reduction in overall height. Pictured below are the now-approved overshadowing of Hughes Lane and Orwell Street.


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Council announces revised plans for the Macleay Street makeover (March 2020)

In a public meeting held on 11 March 2020 Council announced slightly revised plans for its proposed works in Macleay Street. The plans still are very damaging for Macleay Street and its residents, visitors and small businesses.

Once again we call on residents to make their views known to Council before it is too late. Please also share the following flyer with your friends and colleagues.

Click here to read our flyer on Council’s revised plans and our criticisms of those plans

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A win for the Lawrence Hargrave Reserve

On 9 March 2020 Council passed a motion titled “Project Scope – Lawrence Hargrave Reserve, Elizabeth Bay” which included an amendment proposed by Clr Kerryn Phelps, as follows: “include feedback from local community groups including maintaining Lawrence Hargrave Reserve as a quiet space, maintaining native habitats, water harvesting options, and including a plaque in memory of aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave, after whom this reserve is named, and who is ‘the man on the $20 note’.” (Click here to read minutes)

Thanks to members of 2011 Residents Association and the Friends of Fitzroy Gardens and local residents who worked to achieve this great result. Thanks also to Clr. Kerryn Phelps for her support and to all Councillors who voted for the Motion and the Amendment.

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Macleay Street and Lawrence Hargrave Reserve makeovers planned by Sydney City Council (November 2019)

The 2011 Residents Association and the Friends of Fitzroy Gardens and Lawrence Hargrave Reserve have distributed a flyer to local residents detailing the changes that these planned makeovers, if implemented, will bring.

We find that:

  • the Macleay Street makeover will change the street from a residential one to an open-for-business strip
  • the Lawrence Hargrave Reserve makeover will seriously degrade a much loved and needed oasis of peace, quiet and contemplation and remove native species.

We call on residents to make their views known to Council before it is too late. Please also share the flyer with your friends and colleagues.

Click here to read the flyer

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Don’t forget the days of violence before the life-saving measures were introduced


#KeepSydneySafe #nswpol

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Don’t lock out the facts on lockout laws: they’ve made this city safer

Five years ago, the impact of alcohol-related violence and injuries on the hospital, in terms of presentations and admissions, was nothing short of severe. From our perspective, the lockout measures have been a success.

The number of alcohol-related injuries at St Vincent’s have plummeted, including a reduction of serious facial fractures of more than 60 per cent. There have also been no alcohol-related deaths at the hospital since the measures were introduced.

— Assistant Professor Nadine Ezard, Clinical Director, Drug and Alcohol Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, in: Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2019

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Safe Sydney: NSW Elections 2019

Here are the final results in the 2019 NAAPA Election Scorecard – with the responses from the Liberal/National Coalition, Labor and the Greens:


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Sydney City Council is inviting residents to give their feedback on its proposed heritage listing of three buildings on Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.

For details, visit:

Please submit your feedback by Council’s online form (linked to on the above-mentioned page) before 5pm on Monday 25 March 2019.

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A local resident has told the Wentworth Courier that he appreciates the benefits the lockouts have brought to residential amenity in this area.

“From Schofield’s perspective, the lockout laws introduced four years ago have made life as a local more pleasant, without the aggression he used to encounter on Friday and Saturday nights. “The area around Potts Point still hums but it’s not full of screaming drunks any more giving killer punches.’ “

— Leo Schofield in “The Life of Leo” (Wentworth Courier, 23 May 2018, p. 7).

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Sarah Norris, the Sydney Editor of the Broadsheet newspaper writes in this 2018 column:

I love Sydney and I rediscover every day why it’s one of the world’s most vibrant places — don’t get duped into thinking that the city shut down with the arrival of the lockout laws. That’s a furphy.

BREAKING NEWS – Current DA for The Bourbon withdrawn

We have just been advised that the developer has withdrawn the most unpopular DA for The Bourbon site in Darlinghurst Road.

We thank all the hardworking members of the 2011 Residents Association who volunteered their time over many weeks to encourage local residents to contact Council and oppose this DA and who put in days of work to make the Public Meeting happen (it was a packed house!) at the Reg Murphy Centre on 18 January:

BREAKING NEWS – New toilets for Fitzroy Gardens

After six, long years of malfunctioning public toilets under the police station in the Fitzroy Gardens (the ONLY public toilets in the Cross), a joint campaign of the Save Fitzroy Gardens group and the 2011 Residents Association (supported by Councillers Craig Chung, Christine Forster and Kerryn Phelps) has resulted in the Sydney City Council announcing the construction of three new toilets and the implementation of more cleaning and security patrols every day:

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Have your say on late-night trading in Sydney!

The City of Sydney is “reviewing the rules that control trading hours and areas for businesses opening at night in the city. These include bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment and music venues that stay open later than 10pm”.

To learn more about this consultation and have your say, click here.

IMPORTANT: Please do this before 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018 when the consultation period closes.

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What is the controversy about the proposed Bourbon development all about?

Click here to view videos of the speakers and residents at the public meeting on 18 January 2018

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10 reasons Council should reject DA 2017/1705 (18-32 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point) as presented to public meeting held at Reg Murphy Centre on 18 January 2018

Click here to read the 10 reasons

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Public Meeting
about the Proposed Redevelopment of The Bourbon

Which streetscape above do you prefer:

a. The one on the left, OR
b. The one on the right?

Tell Sydney Council what you think!

We have prepared a flyer which sets out a suggested format for your own personal submission. It can be accessed here:
a. PDF copy – https://goo.gl/XbY1Jy
b. Word doc.x copy – https://goo.gl/DdbawB

NOTE: The closing date for submissions is  5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018. Make your submission today!

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Stop the destruction of an entire historic Kings Cross block

Kings Cross has been rapidly gentrified over the last few years by greedy developers with no association or connection with this historic precinct. It has long been Sydney’s bohemian area and a haven for creative and/or anyone escaping the conformity and drudgery of suburban living. This latest development application if it proceeds will raze an entire historic block including The infamous Bourbon and The Empire hotel, the old Les Girls from the 60’s until the mid 90’s. In its place will rise a generic, architecturally unimaginative block of 83 ‘luxury’ apartments, over 100 car spaces and provision for 2 greatly reduced licenced premises. Please sign to stop this monstrosity being built.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition to stop the the destruction of The Bourbon block in Kings Cross

The 2011 Residents’ Association  (2011RA) represents the residents of the 2011 postcode area of Sydney, Australia. This includes the suburbs of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo.

We support residents by working with all levels of government to improve our neighbourhood.  Recent campaigns have included defending the Fitzroy Gardens from demolition, preserving the 311 bus route, reducing alcohol-related violence and keeping the neighbourhood safer.

While the 2011RA focuses on residential amenity issues, we acknowledge that these intersect with many non-residential issues of the inner-city Kings Cross environment. We remind the City of Sydney Council that we live in a mixed residential area and not an entertainment precinct, although we greatly value and support our local shops, cafes, and restaurants.

All local residents are welcome to join the association. Connect and participate with your community to make our village better.

The 2011 Residents’ Association’s Convenor is Helen Crossing. The Deputy Convenor is Margaret Harvie, the Secretary is Peter Young, the Treasurer is Kerrie Needs, and the Committee members are Carole Ferrier, Paul Wagner and Rebecca Wright.

Development-Application-IconHow to Object to a Development Application

You have become aware that someone is asking to change something about the structure or use of a property that may affect you or your community. You either believe, or you are uncertain about, the implications of this proposed development. What do you do?

Here are some suggestions about actions that you might take:

How to Object to a Development Application (“DA”) that May Affect You or Your Property

stop-press2011RA Policies and Motions on the Lockout Laws in Kings Cross

In February 2014 the NSW State Government introduced 1.30am lockouts and 3am cessation of serving alcohol for pubs and clubs (not small bars) in a bid to curb alcohol-related anti-social violence.

The following Motion was passed unanimously, item 3 (viii), 2nd February 2015: “The 2011 Residents’ Association supports the two-year lockout trial and calls on all stakeholders to support the trial which has proven successful in addressing anti-social, alcohol-related violence.”

The following Motion was passed unanimously at our 3rd November 2014 meeting: “The 2011 Residents’ Association Incorporated supports current lockout laws for Kings Cross and recommends that the current trial be allowed to run its full course and be extended. This Association also supports the rejuvenation and redefining of Kings Cross.”

The following political candidates (listed in alphabetical order) for the Seat of Sydney in the NSW State election of the 28 March 2015 expressed their views:
Chris Brentin, The Greens Party: “The Greens oppose blanket lockouts and last drinks for venues in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD… laws like this punish late night venues that operate responsibly… we have seen late night businesses suffer… everyone deserves a pleasurable night out.” Read more…
Alex Greenwich, Sitting Member: “… it is not clear across the board lockouts improve safety… having impacts on live music venues… I support lockouts imposed on poorly managed venues… a review when BOSCAR data is available… [and] 3am cessation of alcohol service for all venues.” Read more…
Eddie Lloyd, Australian Labor Party: “I can assure you I am an unequivocal supporter of the so-called ‘lock-out laws’ in Kings Cross and the CBD… I was a supporter of the Last Drinks campaign organised by emergency service workers that led the way in campaigning for government action to address alcohol-fuelled violence.” Read more…
Patrice Pandeleos, Liberals: “In January 2014 the NSW government announced a package of measures including liquor licensing restrictions… Parliament was recalled to implement most of the legislative measures… the NSW government has no intention of loosening these arrangements.” Read more…

Interesting Video on the Lockout Laws

CLICK HERE to watch a video on the arguments for and against the lockout laws

Living in Postcode 2011: The Gazebo

The Gazebo Apartments

The Gazebo apartments, formerly the Cherveralls private hotel site, was opened after conversion to apartments in 2005. The Gazebo Hotel, opened in May 1969, was famous for its jaw-dropping 360 degree views and hip 1960s bright blue and vivid purple-puce cocktail bar. Originally described as “one of the most spirited additions to Sydney’s skyline for some time”, it is now heritage-listed for its unusual technical significance: it has a unique 18-storey construction method determined by its cylindrical shape and radiating concrete frame. It is also an excellent example of a Post-War International style building.

Contact details

You can contact us in the following ways:

By letter:
2011 Residents’ Association, Inc.
PO Box 1513
Potts Point 1335 NSW
By email:

2011 Residents’ Association incorporation number INC/Y2166331

Views endorsed by 2011 Residents’ Association are always signed either by the Convenor or by a committee member of the Association.

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