Call For Great Ideas

The Call for Great Ideas was an opportunity for everyone to submit innovative ideas for the immediate priority Destinations in The Bays Precinct. The Bays Precinct project team held briefings with a broad range of community members, industry and universities on The Call for Great Ideas, including two workshops where an independent urban planner, architect and writer were available to assist people with preparing their submissions. The Call was open from late May to 20 July 2015.

Not only did we receive some truly great ideas, but the ideas came from a wide range of groups and individuals, including from 10-year-old school students, local residents, companies, industry associations, university students, lecturers and academics. Submissions came from NSW and interstate, and from Canada, China, Denmark, the US and the UK.

Assessment process

An Independent Assessment Panel (IAP) was chaired by the former Mayor of Christchurch, Sir Bob Parker, who oversaw the rebuilding of Christchurch, NZ after the 2010-2011 earthquake sequence. The IAP has assessed the ideas, and the Fairness Advisor impartially evaluated the assessment process and declared it “fair and reasonable”.

The Panel assessed submissions after they were reviewed by a Community Advisory Panel and a Technical Advisory Panel. The Community Advisory Panel comprised of representative groups from the local government areas immediately surrounding the Precinct, as well as groups representing young people, community organisations and schools. The Technical Advisory Panel comprised of representatives of UrbanGrowth NSW and other State agencies. The IAP presented its recommendations for consideration by the UrbanGrowth NSW Board, and then by the Minister for Planning.

The Call for Great Ideas submissions received are published below. This is so they can be openly considered by the NSW Government, community and industry as Destinations are progressed. The evaluation of the Call for Great Ideas and the Discussion Paper feedback has informed The Bays Precinct, Sydney: Transformation Plan.


Review all the Great Ideas Submissions

With over 200 submissions, some of the common themes included:

  • Community and culture – enhancing existing activities and facilities and introducing new ones
  • Sustainability – the application of broad sustainability principles across The Bays Precinct, particularly in relation to water and energy use
  • Renewable energy – suggestions that parts of The Bays Precinct could be used for the generation of renewable energy
  • Active transport –ways to integrate active transport into The Bays Precinct
  • Tourism – ideas for bringing tourism to The Bays Precinct
  • Research and education – interesting ideas for generating jobs and attracting new businesses
  • Governance – some interesting approaches to governance and funding.


View or download the Call for Great Ideas Compendium, a summary report on the ‘Great Ideas’ nominated by the IAP here.

View the Call for Great Ideas Submissions Library here.