Why Green Square in March 2015?

A couple of weeks ago we announced the launch of Grace City Church. In this article I’d like to introduce you to the area and explain briefly why we’ve decided to plant a church there. My intended audience is threefold:

  1. Grace City Church– we want our members to grow in their love and knowledge of both the people and the story of Green Square.
  2. Our supporters– we want those who are considering supporting us prayerfully and/or financially to know why this ministry is something that needs their support.
  3. The curious– we want to educate those who might be observing from afar and encourage them to join us in prayer, provision and/or participation as we seek to undertake this task.

Where is Green Square?

So where exactly is Green Square? Technically, Green Square is not a council area. At best it is a region- there is no suburb called “Green Square.” Rather, Green Square is made up of parts of five suburbs just south of the CBD. These are Waterloo, Zetland, Alexandria, Beaconsfield and Roseberry. You can see it marked on the map below:

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What is Green Square?

Green Square is a development area. In addition to the residents who have always lived there, Green Square was once home to thousands of industrial warehouses and factories. While some of these will remain, the City of Sydney has rezoned the area for urban renewal. Consequently, thousands of new homes are being built in the area, and tens of thousands of people are moving in. According to the City of Sydney:

About 5,700 new homes have been built since 2000, bringing in almost 11,000 more residents. By 2030, Green Square is expected to attract 40,000 new residents and 22,000 new workers.

The four major new precincts can be seen on the map below. At the centre of it all, is the Green Square town centre. This will become a vibrant new community centre for the whole region with cafes, shops, a library and aquatic centre.

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Who is Green Square?

Green Square is a community in transition. While it is certainly an incredibly diverse community, at the moment:

  • Residents are mostly employed full-time in professional, scientific and professional services.
  • Households are mainly couples without children (28%) and single people (26%), though it has the highest percentage of young children out of anywhere else in the city.
  • 36% of people come from countries where English is not the first language, with 10.6% from China.

Green Square is also full of young adults. As the graph below demonstrates, the primary demographic moving into the area are young professionals, aged between 20-40 years old. This is significantly more than the average of Greater Sydney. single-year-of-age (1)

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When is Green Square?

Although Green Square will continue to grow over the next 15 years, it is expected to experience the most significant growth during the next 5 years. This is a result of the increase in dwellings being built. Obviously, the more residences that are built, the more opportunities there are for people to move into the area. The graph below forecasts the increase in population over the next 20 years.

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So why Green Square in March 2015?

Green Square is a growing urban centre into which thousands of people are moving over the next fifteen years. While this article has said very little about the hopes, the dreams, the difficulties and the stories of those people (that’s for another article), it has tried to give a snap shot of the type of growth that is happening in the area. Green Square is:

  • 5km from the CBD
  • The fastest growing region in the City of Sydney
  • Culturally diverse
  • Full of highly educated young professionals
  • A community in formation

We’re praying that as the gospel is proclaimed, Grace City Church will be filled with people who live in the City South, as well as their family members, friends and colleagues who may live elsewhere. We want Grace City Church to become an integral part of the community. We also want to have an impact on the lives of thousands of people in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus to the glory of God, and we want you to partner with us in making that happen. You can do that through prayer, provision and/or participation.

Next Steps?

To find out more about Grace City Church, and how you can be involved, come along to our Info & Supporters Afternoon on the 26th July from 3:30-4:30pm. To let us know that you’re coming, RSVP on Facebook.