NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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NIDA'S Objection to the IGLU/UNSW Proposed Development

Support the objection

NIDA has put forward an official objection to this proposal and we would love your help to support this objection.

Below is further information on the impact to NIDA. If you are comfortable, we would like to add your name to a letter (full letter attached below) to Randwick Council and the NSW Planning Committee endorsing NIDA’s objection.

If you are willing to support and join NIDA in opposing this development, please click ADD YOUR NAME below and we will send on.

(Timelines: It would be fantastic to have as many responses by Thursday 21st September. However as we aren’t sure where this will go, we welcome support and letters past this date and ongoing).

The DA includes a 20 storey, 66-metre-tall building and another 24-metre-tall building within 6.9 metres of NIDA’s campus. The DA includes shops, student accommodation (not affordable for NIDA students) and limited parking, with other large buildings on the site up to 76 metres tall.

In its current form, the proposed development will likely have significant short and long- term impacts on NIDA’s operations and subsequent financial viability.

These include:

Short-term impacts – a significant portion of NIDA’s campus would likely be shut down or forced to relocate for up to four years during the construction period due to impacts from noise, vibration, and dust. NIDA’s operations would also be impacted due to restrictions to access and use of NIDA’s service areas, and removal of the adjacent on grade car parking and drop off area.

Long-term impacts – significant impact on NIDA’s operations as a consequence of the design and location of the buildings, including:

  • inadequate separation or setback of buildings – proposed at less than 6.9 metres from NIDA’s boundary;
  • noise impacting on highly sensitive recording studios and rehearsal areas;
  • student accommodation looking directly into sensitive NIDA classrooms, library, and studio areas (and vice a versa);
  • restrictions to access for NIDA’s service and delivery vehicles, bus access and drop-off;
  • potential loss or reduction of parking for NIDA patrons;
  • creation of serious safety and traffic management concerns for pedestrians and vehicles sharing service access zones; and:
  • the diminished utility, visibility, and presence of NIDA campus, an architecturally awarded building of national significance.

All these factors will likely have a significant impact on NIDA’s operations, patronage, and commercial revenue.