Discussion Paper Public Feedback

We released the Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct Discussion Paper in May 2015 at The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit and Leadership Forums. The Discussion Paper presented initial ideas and ambitions for The Bays Precinct. More than 1,200 people attended the Summit and Forums and we received more than 4,000 comments or submissions to the Discussion Paper.

Feedback was provided in many ways: face-to-face at the Sydneysiders Summit and Leadership Forums, at a community workshop with 142 people from across Greater Sydney, via an online survey, social media and in writing. Feedback was given about The Bays Precinct as a whole and about the seven priority Destinations.

An independent report was prepared to analyse and summarise the public feedback received on the Discussion Paper. The feedback in this report has helped inform development of The Transformation Plan: The Bays Precinct, Sydney.


Themes identified in the report include:

  • knowledge-intensive jobs are highly supported
  • strong support for public access to the foreshore with direct access to the water
  • any future development needs to acknowledge the history and working harbour
  • connected public open space, recreation and cultural facilities are essential
  • well planned social infrastructure to support future population is necessary
  • housing diversity with affordable housing targets is very important
  • The Bays Precinct should be connected and accessible via active and public transport
  • a strong and transparent governance structure that incorporates a whole of Government approach is necessary.


To learn about the findings which informed the Transformation Plan, view the summary document here.

Read the Discussion Paper Consultation Report in full here.


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