2011 Residents Association

Who are we? 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

  • to defend 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)
  • to support 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 ever since our Association was founded in 1995, 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.

Some of our current campaigns and concerns include:

  • the Minerva Metro Theatre DA
  • noise regulation
  • The Bourbon to the Empire DA

For more details, visit the Our Campaigns page

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

The Minerva Theatre foyer in 1939.
Photo: Sam Hood.

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.

Noise regulation is changing for the worse

Noise level meter
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In September 2021 the Association made a submission to the NSW Environmental Protection Authority:

Submission regarding the Draft Noise Guide for Local Government (Environmental Protection Agency)

The Bourbon DA approved

The Bourbon DA was approved unanimously by the members of Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) on 22 July 2021. The Committee consisted of representatives of the Council of the City of Sydney (Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Clr Scully, Clr Thalis) and representatives of the NSW Government.

Before the vote was taken, three members of the 2011 Residents Association committee addressed the CSPC. Here is the transcript of what they said: Address to Central Sydney Planning Commission (CSPC) meeting re The Bourbon DA

The Association is disappointed at this decision. The local community can take heart in that the height and bulk of the plans now approved are less than those in the original DA.

We are now monitoring the development to ensure all the DA conditions are adhered to.