NSW Government endorses a glamourous vision for Sydney’s Western Harbour
Source: The Daily Telegraph
Date: December 4 2019
The NSW Treasurer and Planning Minister have endorsed the Committee for Sydney’s new vision for the Western Harbour Precinct which will create thousands of jobs and generate billions for the economy.
It comes after The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed the vision last month as part of the Bradfield Campaign.
The plan to turn the area into Australia’s biggest entertainment and tourist precinct, create 10,000 jobs and $20 billion in economic activity by 2036 will be announced today and includes the $500 million development proposal by The Star Casino.
According to the futuristic vision, the Committee for Sydney suggest a new ‘business improvement district’ to drive investment, a ‘festival of the harbour’ event, a new Metro stop at Pyrmont, more on-demand ferries, a new cultural venue, and a new harbour promenade connecting Barangaroo Reserve, Tumbalong Park, Pirrama Park and Wentworth Park.
“A Western Harbour cable car connecting a variety of attractions such as Barangaroo Headland, Crown Resort and The Star would offer a unique perspective of the city,” the report says.
“Other possible initiatives could include sky decks or zip line through to the Precinct trialling Uber Air.”
The Star’s proposal to develop a 237m high Ritz-Carlton hotel and luxury apartment building was knocked back by the Independent Planning Commission last month.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Planning Minister Rob Stokes and City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore will all speak about the plan this morning to make the Western Harbour Precinct the revitalised, dynamic heart of Sydney.
“The western fringe of the city is an area of huge potential and the government is very supportive of new ideas and ways to make it better for those who live, work or come to visit the foreshore,” Mr Perrottet told The Daily Telegraph.
“Sydney Harbour doesn’t stop at the Bridge – in coming years Rozelle Bay, Jones Bay and Darling Harbour will be some of the most important and vibrant destinations for Sydneysiders and visitors alike.”
Mr Stokes said there is an incredible opportunity to transform the Pyrmont peninsular into a vibrant tourism, innovation and jobs hub.
“By working together and planning strategically, the entire precinct from Woolloomooloo to White Bay, will be better connected than ever before and offer incredible new experiences for locals and visitors alike,” Mr Stokes said.
“A new economic case for Pyrmont is currently being developed, which will form the basis for the precinct’s new masterplan. This is a new approach to planning and will ensure that the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts,” he said.
Committee for Sydney chair Michael Rose said the connectivity, governance and visitor experience needed to be improved within the Western Harbour Precinct.
“With the precinct undergoing substantial ongoing regeneration, now is the time to adopt a broader vision for the precinct,” he said.
“We think it could act as a golden thread between the new innovation and tech precinct at Central to Eveleigh and the finance hub at Barangaroo, making it a first-class destination for entertainment, hospitality and business.
“However, the vision is as much for Sydneysiders as visitors. It will improve the amenity of the area, enhance its transport links and bring more jobs into the area,” Mr Rose said.