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Community updates on The Bays Precinct

20 March 2017

UrbanGrowth NSW today invited the local community to drop-in at two information sessions in early April to receive the latest information on The Bays Precinct, including an update on recent active recreation surveys.

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Process to create Sydney’s Bays Market District begins

7 February 2017

UrbanGrowth NSW today commenced a call for urban designers to register their interest in developing a masterplan for Sydney’s next premiere destination, the Bays Market District.

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Geotechnical testing in Blackwattle Bay

30 January 2017

UrbanGrowth NSW will undertake geotechnical testing in the waters of Blackwattle Bay over the next month to help plan for the transformation of the Bays Market District, as part of The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

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Supporting start-ups and innovation in Sydney

11 November 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW is backing innovative new businesses and start-up activity to support the growth of innovation districts and new industries in Sydney. In partnership with Jobs for NSW, UrbanGrowth NSW is sponsoring the ‘Bridge to MassChallenge Australia’ competition.

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Registrations open for design of new Bayside market

7 November 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW today opened the registration of interest for design and engineer services for a rejuvenated Sydney Fish Market as it moved into the next stage of delivery for The Bays Precinct.

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UrbanGrowth NSW’s commitment to engagement recognised with two awards

19 October 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW has been recognised overnight at the IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards Dinner in Adelaide, winning both the Planning Award 2016, and Project of the Year Award 2016 for The Bays Precinct, Sydney.

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UrbanGrowth NSW to become master developer of new tech hub at White Bay Power Station

9 June 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW Chairman John Brogden today announced that the organisation will become the master developer of the White Bay Power Station, following the closure of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

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Engaging the next generation of Sydneysiders

19 May 2016

The next generation of Sydneysiders now has a new way to learn about and engage with plans for the future of their city. UrbanGrowth NSW today released The big plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney, a primary schools’ version of the urban transformation plan for The Bays Precinct, Sydney.

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Significant interest in proposal to transform White Bay Power Station

1 March 2016

UrbanGrowth NSW has received significant interest from a range of Australian and international contenders hoping to lead the transformation of Sydney’s iconic White Bay Power Station.

The Bays Precinct Reference Group Membership Announced

9 December 2015

UrbanGrowth NSW today announced the membership of The Bays Precinct Reference Group following a comprehensive assessment of Registrations of Interest. In total, 68 Registrations of Interest were received from interested parties including community groups, business groups, industry associations and sporting groups.

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Request For Proposals for White Bay Power Station

30 October 2015

UrbanGrowth NSW will today hold an industry briefing on the Request For Proposals for the adaptive re-use of White Bay Power Station, and the development and activation of its forecourt which extends to the water’s edge.

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Call For Great Ideas

22 October 2015

UrbanGrowth NSW today published a summary report on the ‘Great Ideas’ nominated by the independent assessment panel of experts in the “Call for Great Ideas” process that was part of the development of its Transformation Plan for The Bays Precinct.

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Making it happen in The Bays

22 October 2015

White Bay Power Station will be reborn as a hub for knowledge-intensive industries and there will be a continuous waterfront promenade from Balmain to Pyrmont, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning.

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Working towards a rejuvenated Sydney Fish Market

12 Oct 2015
UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Fish Market today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together on the rejuvenation of the fish market as part of the broader transformation of The Bays Precinct.

The Bays Precinct Reference Group

06 Oct 2015
UrbanGrowth NSW today announced it will establish a reference group comprising community, business and other organisations interested in the transformation of The Bays Precinct, to act as a sounding board and information sharing body.

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Last Call For Great Ideas. Assessment Panel Appointed.

15 July 2015
UrbanGrowth NSW today issued a last call for submissions to the Call for Great Ideas for the transformation of The Bays Precinct, as it announced the appointment of a 6-member Independent Assessment Panel which will impartially assess the ideas.

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10 June 2015 - Public comment and Call for Great Ideas periods extended - Sydneysiders participate in the Bays transformation

10 June 2015

A strong response to recent public engagement on the transformation of The Bays Precinct has reinforced the need for affordable housing, a comprehensive transport strategy and education facilities, and prompted a decision to extend the periods for public comment and a Call for Great Ideas on the project.

From Friday, May 15 to Monday, May 18 more than 1,300 Sydneysiders learned about the ambition, objectives and possibilities for the transformation of The Bays Precinct and provided their initial feedback at a two-day public Sydneysiders Summit and a number of Leadership Forums for schools, local residents, businesses and industry. Another 500 people watched live-streamed presentations online.

The period for public comment on the discussion paper – Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct – was due to close on June 30. That has now been extended to July 10. A separate ‘Call for Great Ideas’ for The Bays Precinct, due to close on July 6, has also been extended to July 20.

The Bays Precinct is 80 hectares of government-owned harbor-front land 2km west of the Sydney CBD.

“We recognise that the success of the transformation program relies heavily on the involvement of all stakeholders, and the Sydneysiders Summit was all about building public knowledge, understanding and participation in the process,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“Over the four days, Sydneysiders had the chance to learn more about the project from the team, to ask questions, and to provide their feedback in a range of ways. They gave us their comments on 2,700 Post-It notes and 82 metres of butcher’s paper, as well as in discussion sessions and on video in a feedback booth.

The Summit marked the start of a period for public comment on the discussion paper and the Call for Great Ideas.

“The feedback we receive on our ideas presented in the discussion paper will further inform the plan that will underpin how the Precinct will be transformed over the next 20 to 30 years,” Mr Pitchford said.

“But there is also an opportunity for people to submit THEIR ideas through the Call for Great Ideas.

“We are the first to admit that there will be some great ideas out there that we haven’t thought of and that haven’t been raised before, and we want to hear them.

“For example, while we heard a lot about housing affordability and transport solutions, which are already on our radar, we also heard things we haven’t thought of – like a seven-year-old’s suggestion that we run a Minecraft competition for school kids inviting them to design a building or different structures when we get to that stage, and a 10-year-old’s call for an underwater pedestrian tunnel.

“We won’t be taking unsolicited proposals for The Bays Precinct so, whether you are a local resident or a property company, if you want your idea to be in the mix you need to submit it as part of this process.

“As long as they meet the objectives there are no boundaries to the Great Ideas considered. They could be something like a large-scale knowledge-based employer, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, a community-run asset like the High Line in New York, or London’s Tech City,” Mr Pitchford said.

The Bays Precinct discussion paper, information on the Call for Great Ideas, and videos of presentations at the Summit and Leadership Forums can be found on the project website: www.thebayssydney.com.au

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27 May 2015 - Time to get your thinking caps on for The Bays Precinct, Sydney!

27 May 2015
A “Call for Great Ideas” has been launched, inviting Sydneysiders, industry organisations, prospective tenants, owners, residents, workers and visitors, educational institutions and students, and creative people from all disciplines to submit their ‘Great Ideas’ for the transformation of The Bays Precinct.

An independent expert panel has been appointed to impartially assess the Great Ideas, led by former mayor of Christchurch, Sir Bob Parker, who oversaw the initial response and rebuilding of the city after the 2010 – 2011 earthquake sequence.

“The assessment of ideas by the independent panel of experts will ensure a robust and fair process that will allow us to assemble the very best of ideas from across Sydney, Australia and beyond,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“This is not a procurement or bid process, and nor is it a design competition. It is a genuine attempt to promote engagement in the transformation process, and to make sure we have the best ideas to help us with our planning – whether they are ideas from seven year olds or world-leading architects.

“The Great Ideas that prove to be viable and that demonstrate world-class thinking will inform the Transformation Plan and future procurement process,” added Mr Pitchford.
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Sir Bob said the opportunities in the transformation of the Bays Precinct create a unique legacy moment in the evolution of Sydney.

“This is a pleasingly open and transparent opportunity for Sydneysiders to take part in a consultation that will shape the future of their great City. It is superb – and correct – that the views, ideas and creativity of the people are to be given a prominent role in the process,” Sir Bob said.

The evaluation criteria address the ambition and objectives for the immediate priorities identified in Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct discussion paper, on which UrbanGrowth NSW is currently seeking feedback from the community.

“At the recent Sydneysiders Summit, we presented the objectives and possible uses for different parts of The Bays Precinct in Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct, and asked people to tell us what they think. In addition to coming up with Great Ideas, we’re also asking people to comment on the discussion paper, and they have the next six weeks to do so,” added Mr Pitchford.

The Call for Great Ideas seeks proposals on the future use, direction and opportunities for four destinations in The Bays Precinct:

  • Bays Waterfront Promenade
  • Bays Market District
  • White Bay Power Station
  • White Bay including White Bay Cruise Terminal

UrbanGrowth NSW will be holding briefings for industry and the community, starting in the second week of June, with details available at: www.thebayssydney.com.au.

The Call for Great Ideas is open from 25 May to 6 July 2015.

6 May 2015 - Opportunities for public participation in city transformation projects: Central to Eveleigh, The Bays Precinct

6 May 2015

This week marks the start of new rounds of public consultation on two major urban transformation projects in Sydney: the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation and Transport Program and The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

UrbanGrowth NSW is the lead agency on the transformation of the Central to Eveleigh rail corridor and The Bays Precinct on Sydney’s inner harbour.

The first of three ‘study nights’ is being held this week for the Central to Eveleigh project, ahead of a day-long community workshop on Saturday, May 30.

The next stage of The Bays Precinct project comes later next week, with the Sydneysiders Summit and associated Leadership Forums to be held at Australian Technology Park on May 15 to 18.

“Public participation is critical to the success of urban transformation projects, so we encourage local residents and the people of Sydney more broadly to come along and participate in these events,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“With urban transformation we know it’s not a case of ‘build it and they will come’; ‘they’ need to have a say in what shape the transformation should take.

“That’s what the various public consultation activities are about – presenting some possibilities and, in the case of Central to Eveleigh, some draft study findings, and asking the public to tell us what they think, what they like, what they don’t like, and what we might have overlooked.”

The Central to Eveleigh project is holding a ‘study night’ this Wednesday to present the methodology and initial findings of a draft study looking at options for community facilities in the rail corridor. Next week there will be a study night on heritage, and in the week starting May 18 a third study night will focus on housing diversity. These studies are a lead into more detailed discussion on key urban design and planning principles at the community workshop on May 30 at Carriageworks.

The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program is holding a ‘Sydneysiders Summit’ on the weekend of May 16 and 17, at Australian Technology Park, followed by a six week period for public comment.

Open to all Sydneysiders, and free to attend, the Summit will entail a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation activities based on the case for transformation, the objectives of the project, a staging approach and possible overarching ambitions for different areas in the precinct.

The talks and consultation activities will be staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

The people of Sydney will be encouraged to provide feedback on what they think, and what needs to be considered in future planning, to help improve the transformation and get the best outcomes. The feedback Sydneysiders give will be considered in the development of The Bays Precinct Transformation Plan.

The public is asked to register to attend the public consultation events, as follows:

A Schools Leadership Forum, Locality Stakeholder Forum and Industry Stakeholder Forums are also being held on Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18.

For the media release click here.

April 2015 - Sydney school students invited to have their say about The Bays Precinct

April 2015

 

More than 350 schools have been invited to participate in a special Schools Leadership Forum about the transformation of The Bays Precinct, to be held in association with the Sydneysiders Summit on the weekend of May 16 & 17.

School captains from each school have been invited to attend the special Forum on Friday, May 15, to be held at Australian Technology Park.

“We want to build Sydneysiders’ knowledge, understanding and participation in the transformation process and, given this is a 20 to 30 year project, it’s important that we reach young Sydneysiders who will, after all, be the real beneficiaries,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“That’s why we’ve decided to hold a special Schools Leadership Forum at which we can explain the project, the objectives and the possibilities to primary and secondary school students, and they can ask questions and have their say.

“Is The Bays Precinct somewhere they could imagine living or working one day and, if so, what sort of housing and jobs would they be interested in? Would they like to see more playing fields and green space?”

Student leaders from Birchgrove Public School are very excited to see what is happening and are keen to talk about what they think is important, including a sustainable environment and making sure the area’s heritage is preserved for the future.

“I think it’s a great idea to hold the Schools Leadership Forum and acknowledge our youth as part of the ongoing development and renewal of our community. After all, they are the ones who will be working, learning, relaxing, living and bringing up families in The Bays Precinct when it’s finished, so it’s great that they get this opportunity to feel they are a part of its development,” said Birchgrove Public School Principal, Tracy Gray.

“It’s also important to teach our future architects, planners, designers and engineers about the processes involved and to ignite their passion.”

The Schools Leadership Forum will be held at Australian Technology Park from 1.00 to 3.00pm on Friday, May 15, ahead of the Locality Stakeholders Forum that evening, and the Sydneysiders Summit over the weekend.

28 April 2015 - Sydneysiders invited to participate in the Bays transformation

28 April 2015

Sydneysiders are invited to participate in the transformation of The Bays Precinct by coming to a public summit with others from across Sydney.

The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit, which is open to everyone, will be held on the weekend of May 16 & 17 at Australian Technology Park, near Redfern Station.

“We want to build public knowledge, understanding and participation in the transformation process, and that’s what the Sydneysiders Summit is all about,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“The success of the transformation program for The Bays Precinct relies heavily on the involvement of all stakeholders but, above all, the people of Sydney, so we encourage Sydneysiders to participate in the Summit.

“The Summit will also mark the start of a six-week period for public comment so if you can’t make it to the Summit there will still be a chance to provide feedback.

“The feedback we receive will further inform the plan that will underpin how the Precinct will be transformed over the next 20 to 30 years.”

Sydneysiders are encouraged to register to attend the Sydneysiders Summit online at www.thebayssydney.com.au. This site also has more information about The Bays Precinct and the Summit.

The program and content for both days of the Summit will be the same, with a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation activities that will give Sydneysiders an opportunity to provide feedback on the case for transformation, the objectives, a staging approach to the project, and overarching ambitions for different areas in the precinct.

The talks and consultation activities will be staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

In addition to the Summit, associated Leadership Forums will be held on Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18 for groups with a particular interest in, or knowledge of, the area.

A Leadership Forum for locality stakeholders will provide an opportunity for input from residents and businesses, local community groups, Leichhardt and City of Sydney councillors and officers, and other stakeholders with a specialist interest in the health and wellbeing of the area including affordable housing advocates, health and education groups.

On Monday, May 18 there will be several Leadership Forums for industry, including representatives of architecture, design, construction, development, finance, health, innovation, education, sustainability, technology and tourism.

The Bays Precinct, which stretches across Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and White Bay, and includes the Sydney Fish Market and the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station, is 80 hectares of government-owned land just two kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. In July 2014 Premier Baird announced that UrbanGrowth NSW would lead a 20-30 year project to transform the area into a vibrant new harbour front.

April 2015 - Discovery Day confirms more public open days

April 2015

On the strength of the response to The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day, public open days are set to become regular fixtures for major urban transformation projects.

Following on from Discovery Day, the next steps for The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Project are the Sydneysiders Summit and public consultation on the draft Transformation Plan for the precinct.

Event organisers have estimated 25,000 Sydneysiders attended The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day on Sunday, April 12.

“Discovery Day was a fabulous day out and we are thrilled that so many Sydneysiders came down to The Bays Precinct to see the area close up and enjoy the range of activities and entertainment,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford.

“We have always said that public participation is critical to the success of our transformation projects, and the strong turnout sent a clear message that Sydneysiders want to participate.

“As a result, we will definitely make sure more open days are held.

“We also reiterate the invitation to the people of Sydney to attend the Sydneysiders Summit on the weekend of May 16 & 17 at Australian Technology Park.”

Sydneysiders are encouraged to register to attend the Sydneysiders Summit online atwww.thebayssydney.com.au

The program and content for both days of the Sydneysiders Summit will be the same, with a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation exercises staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

In addition to the Summit, associated Leadership Forums will be held for specific specialist groups on Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18.

A Leadership Forum for locality stakeholders will be an opportunity for local residents and business communities, local community groups, Leichhardt and City of Sydney councillors and officers, and other stakeholders with a specialist interest in the health and wellbeing of the area including affordable housing advocates, health and education groups.

On Monday, May 18 there will be several Leadership Forums for industry, including representatives of architecture, design, construction, development, finance, health, innovation, education, sustainability, technology and tourism.

More information about The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day and The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit can be found at: www.thebayssydney.com.au

9 April 2015 - Discovery Day ‘App’ + Sydneysiders Summit

9 April 2015

Sydneysiders are being encouraged to participate in the transformation of The Bays Precinct with the launch of an ‘app’ for this Sunday’s Discovery Day, and an invitation to a public summit to join with other Sydneysiders in learning more about the transformation process for The Bays Precinct.

The Bays Precinct, which stretches across Rozelle Bay, Blackwattle Bay and White Bay, and includes the Sydney Fish Market and the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station, is 80 hectares of government-owned land just two kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. In July 2014 Premier Baird announced that UrbanGrowth NSW would lead a 20-30 year project to transform the area into a vibrant new harbour front.

“At this Sunday’s Discovery Day, Sydneysiders will have the opportunity to see close-up large areas of normally inaccessible waterfront land in Sydney’s inner Harbour, and the launch of the DiscoveryApp mobile phone app provides the essential guide to what’s on, where and when and how to plan your day out,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“The success of the transformation program and the ambition for The Bays Precinct rely heavily on the involvement of all levels of government, the public and industry so we encourage Sydneysiders to come and see the area.

“Going further, we want to build public knowledge, understanding and participation in the transformation process, and that’s what the Sydneysiders Summit is all about.”

The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit, which is open to everyone, will be held on the weekend of May 16 & 17 at Australian Technology Park, near Redfern Station.

Sydneysiders are encouraged to register to attend the Sydneysiders Summit online at www.thebayssydney.com.au

The program and content for both days of the Sydneysiders Summit will be the same, with a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation exercises staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

In addition to the Summit, associated Leadership Forums will be held for specific specialist groups on Friday, May 15 and Monday, May 18.

A Leadership Forum for locality stakeholders will be an opportunity for local residents and business communities, local community groups, Leichhardt and City of Sydney councillors and officers, and other stakeholders with a specialist interest in the health and wellbeing of the area including affordable housing advocates, health and education groups.

On Monday, May 18 there will be several Leadership Forums for industry, including representatives of architecture, design, construction, development, finance, health, innovation, education, sustainability, technology and tourism.

More information about The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day and The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit can be found at: www.thebayssydney.com.au

1 April 2015 - Discover The Bays Precinct, Sydney!

1 April

Large areas of normally inaccessible waterfront land in Sydney’s inner Harbour will be opened up to the public on Sunday, April 12, to give Sydneysiders a chance to see close up what the area is like today, learn about its past, and consider its future.

The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day will be a full day of family activities and entertainment around Blackwattle Bay (including the Sydney Fish Market), Rozelle Bay and White Bay as part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s project to transform the area by creating new destinations and unlocking public access.

“Discovery Day is a chance for Sydneysiders to ‘discover’ The Bays Precinct – including areas not normally publicly accessible – so they can see what the Precinct is like today, uncover its past, and imagine its future,” UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive David Pitchford said today.

“The Urban Transformation Program is about transforming 80 hectares of government land in Sydney’s inner Harbour to provide a vibrant harbourfront and foreshore access, but many people have never had the chance to see the area close-up to be able to properly understand the current condition of the land and its amazing potential.

“Public participation is critical to the program’s success, so we want to enable the public to see the area close up and that is what Discovery Day is all about.”

Activities and entertainment on the Day will include:
• A walking trail and accompanying ‘Discovery App’ (see below)
• Live music from the Royal Australian Navy Parade, Jazz and New Orleans bands, an a cappella choir – Soulfood, and more
• Urban Landscape Photography, Action & Close-Up Photography workshops at White Bay Power Station
• An ‘augmented reality’ photo booth where children can re-imagine the area’s past and have their photo taken
• Sydney Fish Markets will host cooking demonstrations by Sydney Seafood School at Blackwattle Bay Glebe
• A marine touch tank display by the Department of Primary Industries and fly-fishing land-based workshops with ABC’s Scott Levi
• Bring your best friend and enjoy the dog show and RSPCA animal enrichment program covering responsible pet ownership and activities such as keeping fit with your dog
• Model power boat displays
• Croquet, petanque, badminton, table tennis and roller skating workshops and displays
• A marine and working harbour themed visual art exhibition including painting, sculpture and photographic exhibitions
• A Community Day at the White Bay Cruise Terminal, including the Shirley Smith firefighting tug, the Tribal Warrior Association’s Mari Nawi (Big Canoe), and demonstrations of the Port Authority’s environmental spill response capability.

People will be able to take self-guided walking tours or relax and enjoy the day’s entertainment.

There will be a Discovery App (for Android and iOS) that can be downloaded prior to or on the day to provide more information.
Public transport use is encouraged, with additional public transport services available on the day including light rail services, free ferries from King Street Wharf to Glebe Island and shuttle buses around The Bays Precinct. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500. Car parking will be very limited.

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19 December 2014 - NSW Government welcomes Bays Precinct principles

19 December 2014

 

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning, Minister for Women

Minister for Planning Pru Goward today took the next step towards the transformation of The Bays Precinct, when she received the Statement of Principles that will guide and underpin the Strategic Plan for the precinct, on behalf of the NSW Government.

UrbanGrowth NSW Chairman, John Brogden and Chief Executive, David Pitchford, presented the Statement of Principles to the Government on behalf of contributors to last month’s Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit.

According to the 20 high-level Strategic Principles, which were informed by the thinking at the heart of last month’s Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit, public benefit, public access, transparency and early engagement will be key principles in the future transformation of The Bays Precinct.

“These Principles clearly set out the foundation for a platform to deliver a best-in-world transformation of The Bays Precinct and create an internationally competitive, resilient and global Sydney,” Ms Goward said.

“The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit was a ground-breaking undertaking and I applaud UrbanGrowth NSW and the Summit contributors on achieving this fundamental next step which will guide and underpin the first ever Strategic Plan for the entire Bays Precinct.”

Ms Goward welcomed the Statement of Principles, and said she looked forward to the community-oriented Sydney Siders Summit early next year.

“Going into the Summit last month we gave the experts a blank canvas but I always said that the public good must be front and centre,” Ms Goward said.

“That was a sentiment that clearly echoed throughout the Summit and is now reflected in these Principles. The first five Principles make commitments to build on the precinct’s history, fearlessly pursue public benefit, be transparent, invest in genuine and early engagement, and unlock public access to the Harbour’s edge.

“The community can now consider these Principles, and help guide the next steps with their own community-focused Sydney Siders Summit in the new year.”

The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit brought together more than 350 experts from across the world, the nation and Sydney to gather the best ideas on urban transformation.

“UrbanGrowth NSW is proud and excited to be able to present the Statement of Principles to the Government,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chair, John Brogden.

“These Principles reflect the value of the global collaboration enabled by the Summit, which we are proud to announce will continue over the next decade.”

UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford, said the organisation is focussed on building trust.

“We hope these Principles will not only lay the foundation for the development of the Strategic Plan, but also for the mutual trust and open communication that will be critical to the project’s success,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“We will use the Principles to build this trust and enable a great Strategic Plan.”

20 November 2014 - Bays summit a success for Sydney

20 November 2014

 

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning, Minister for Women

NSW Planning Minister, Pru Goward, this evening officially closed The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit, declaring it an unequivocal success.

“There is no doubt that thanks to the input of the experts and the community we are better prepared for the journey ahead of The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program,” Ms Goward said.

“While today marks the end of The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit, it signals the starting point for the development of the draft Strategic Plan for The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

“We started the Summit with a blank canvas, and we hope to colour it in over the coming months with all the ideas and suggestions which have come out of the Summit.

“This Summit has provided an outstanding forum for Government, policymakers, and the community to think, hear, discuss and learn about successful large-scale urban transformation projects from around the world.

“It will help shape the ambition and overarching principles for the transformation of the last piece of waterfront in Sydney Harbour. It is a complex task, and one which will take some time, but it is important for Sydney’s future.

“Indeed, the Premier and I look forward to receiving from UrbanGrowth NSW in the coming days the key strategic principles that will guide the development of The Bays Precinct strategic plans.”

Ms Goward paid tribute to UrbanGrowth NSW for its planning and co-ordination of the Summit.

“This Summit has been a huge success. It is particularly so when you consider it has been organised in just four months,” Ms Goward said.

“Much credit goes to the Chair and Board of UrbanGrowth NSW, its Chief Executive David Pitchford, Summit Project Leader Alexandra Vella, the Summit team and all UrbanGrowth NSW ambassadors.

“Thank you too, to all the Australian and international speakers, panellists and participants who have so valuably contributed to the discussions.”

19 November 2014 - Transforming Sydney: The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit

19 November 2014

 

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning, Minister for Women

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Planning Pru Goward today welcomed the world’s greatest minds in the field of urban regeneration to Sydney for a major international summit, which is examining the best ways to revitalise the area of Sydney Harbour known as The Bays Precinct.

Mr Baird today officially opened The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit which is running for two days at Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

“The Bays Precinct presents one of the most exciting and ambitious urban renewal and city building opportunities in the world today and the outcomes of this summit will inform us as we move to the next stage,” Mr Baird said.

“We currently have an urban wasteland, four times the size of Barangaroo, right next to the world’s greatest harbour.

“A key objective of this urban renewal strategy is to return these areas to the public and create a harbour foreshore walk around the Bays Precinct.

“It is essential we properly plan for the renewal of this significant area, which is why we are hosting this summit to hear from global experts in the field of urban regeneration.”

Ms Goward said that as well as urban practitioners, academics and policymakers from across Australia and around the world, including large-scale projects in Europe, Asia and North America, community representatives are also participating in the two day summit.

“The participation of the community is critical to the success of The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program,” Ms Goward said.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform what in many parts of this precinct could be classified as an urban wasteland.

“Here at this summit are some of the world’s best and brightest urban transformation experts, as well as local community representatives, all working to create a legacy we can be proud of.

“The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Strategy will ensure the future of the entire area is developed through a holistic rather than a piecemeal approach.”

After the Summit, UrbanGrowth NSW will continue to consult with the community and other NSW stakeholders about an appropriate and achievable ambition for this Sydney Harbour transformation opportunity.

The Bays Precinct includes Rozelle Bay, Rozelle Rail Yards, White Bay Power Station, the Sydney Fish Market and surrounds.

More information on the project can be found at www.urbangrowth.nsw.gov.au

17 November 2014 - 'Celebrity' city builders converge on The Bays

17 November 2014

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for Planning, Minister for Women

With less than one week until The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit, Minister for Planning Pru Goward has announced the impressive line-up of the world’s city building thought leaders who will converge on Sydney to help guide the precinct’s transformational future.

Ms Goward said more than 60 planners, architects and other experts with experience creating globally renowned urban transformation projects in Europe, North America and Asia, will draw on their experience to look at options to breathe new life into the precinct.

“Anyone who follows high-profile urban transformation around the world knows these accomplished individuals,” Ms Goward said. “Riek Bakker, John Campbell, Rita Justesen and Alexandre Sorrentino, to name just a few – they are the celebrities of city building and The Bays Precinct deserves no less.”

“They have each lead visionary metropolitan waterfront renewal projects focussed on breathing new life into debilitated industrial port areas, creating vibrant urban communities integrated with the cities around them.”

Alexandre Sorrentino is a senior representative of Marseille’s dedicated development agency, Euroméditerranée. He is a key adviser on the development of southern Europe’s largest urban renewal project, Cité de la Méditerranée, which involves transforming almost five kilometres of waterfront linking downtown Marseille with its port district. Mr Sorrentino said The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit was gaining the attention of the urban renewal community worldwide.

“Designing an urban project is a complex alchemy between hope and reality, wishful thinking and economic realities,” Mr Sorrentino said.

“That’s why I find this summit so innovative. Gathering various experiences and expertise to draw Sydney’s own path in the exciting journey to urban renewal is a very smart approach.”

“Cities have a major role to play in providing for the needs of future generations. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be part of this exciting event and to be able to bring a bit of our day-to-day experience to the discussions.”

Ms Goward said the opportunities for The Bays Precinct were endless and the summit represented the first step in a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Sydney. “There’s so much potential in The Bays, but we only have one shot at getting it right, which is why we’re bringing in the best of the best,” Ms Goward said.

“This will be the largest urban renewal project the city has seen since the Olympics. “The project will create a new iconic district that I am confident will be as cherished by Sydneysiders as areas like Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

“There will be new homes, integrated with spaces for recreation, retail, tourism, commercial and maritime use. “We’re giving the experts a blank page so they can truly draw on their inspiration, imagination and experience to get the most out of this area, but there’s one important ‘non-negotiable’, the community must have free and open access to the waterfront into perpetuity, no matter what shape The Bays Precinct renewal takes.”

The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit attendees include:

Riek Bakker (The Netherlands)

  • Urban Planner and Landscape Architect
  • Former Director of Urban Development for the city of Rotterdam
  • Led renowned urban renewal projects including Kp van Zuid, Rotterdam and Puis Harbour, Tilburg

Rita Justesen (Denmark)

  • Architect and Chief Planner for City and Port Development, Copenhagen
  • Leading Europe’s largest urban renewal project, Nordhavn Copenhagen

Joe Berridge (Canada)

  • Fellow of Urban Strategies at University of Toronto
  • Key role in largest Canadian urban renewal project – Toronto Waterfront

Mark Randel (Germany)

  • Architect
  • Oversaw Neues Museum, Berlin
  • Currently working on large urban renewal project in China, transforming former steelfactory into a culture district

Alexandre Sorrentino (France)

  • Head of International Relation & Strategic Foresight, Marseille’s development agency, Euroméditeranée
  • Key role in integrated port and urban renewal project, Cité de la Méditeranée, Marseille

Peter Walker (USA)

  • 50 years expereince as landsape architect
  • Designed National 9/11 Memorial, New York

Robert Hambleton (UK)

  • Professor of City Leadership, University of West England
  • Advisor of city leadership to Royal Commisson on Auckland Governance

Bill Browning (USA)

  • Founding partner of Terrapin Bright Green – environmental strategies for large-scale developments
  • Authored several books on sustainable development

John Campbell (Canada)

  • President & CEO – Watefront Toronto
  • Led $35 billion revitalisation of Toronto Waterfront

Donald Hyslop (UK)

  • Thought leader in exploring the role of culture in urban regeneration
  • Head of Regeneration & Community Partnerships for Tate Modern Redevelopment Project

David Joy (UK)

  • Expertise in managing and developing property assets associated with major infrastructure projects
  • Director of Kings Cross development delivery partnership

Charles Landry (UK)

  • Founder of city making think tank, Comedia
  • Established Creative City index to assess cities holistically

Peter Newman (Australia)

  • Director of Sustainability Policy Institute at Curtin University
  • Oversaw sustainability aspects of Draft Sydney Metropolitan Strategy

Download the full list of invited organisations.

3 October 2014 - Industry & Community invited to participate in The Bays Summit

3 October 2014

Planning Minister Pru Goward today announced that invitations are now going out to a range of urban transformation practitioners, academics and policymakers, as well as community and not-for-profit representatives, to participate in The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit in November.

Invited community representatives, who will join international guests to be invited separately include the Glebe Society, former The Bays Precinct Taskforce member Professor Jane Marceau, the Youth Action and Policy Association, Friends of Sydney Harbour, Better Planning Network and the Boat Owners’ Association.

“The transformation of the Bays Precinct is such an exciting project for Sydney’s future, and we want to involve a wide variety of organisations in developing a plan to make it happen,” Ms Goward said.

“In total, nearly 300 people from around Australia and across the world are being invited to participate in the Summit, along with an impressive line-up of speakers which will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Community representatives are clearly an important part of the discussion about this project, and I am delighted that they are keen to participate in this forum, to contribute to the discussion as well as to hear from experts from around Australia and the world.

“The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit is a unique undertaking which will bring together a broad range of experts and stakeholders to think, hear, discuss and learn what might be possible for The Bays Precinct.

UrbanGrowth NSW has been tasked with leading the Urban Renewal Program. CEO David Pitchford said the Summit is being held to enable the exchange of ideas between those who have been involved in urban transformation projects around the country and the world, the Sydney community and government, to hear what is possible and how.

“The Summit is about helping us prepare a Strategic Plan that will guide and direct the project over the next 30 years – an overarching blueprint for not just what shape the urban transformation of The Bays Precinct might take, but how it will be achieved,” Mr Pitchford said.

The Bays Precinct encompasses more than 80 hectares of waterfront land in and around Blackwattle, Rozelle and White Bays, the Rozelle Railyards and the White Bay Power Station.

The Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit will be held in Sydney on November 19 & 20 this year, preceded by a one-day workshop specifically focussed on financing and funding.

  • Click here to see a full list of the invited organisations.

17 July 2014 - Transforming Sydney: The Bays Precinct

Thursday 17 July 2014

 

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward today announced the NSW  Government will host an international summit later this year, to hear from world leading  urban renewal experts about the best ways to revitalise the area in Sydney’s inner harbour  known as The Bays Precinct.

New housing and areas for recreation, retail, tourism, commercial and maritime use will be  created along more than 5.5 kilometres of waterfront land in The Bays Precinct as part of  the city’s largest single urban renewal program since the Sydney Olympics.

Mr Baird said the NSW Government will ensure that underutilised and degraded waterfront  areas in and around Blackwattle Bay, the Sydney Fish Market, Rozelle Bay, Rozelle Rail  Yards, and the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station are regenerated to provide a vibrant  new harbour front.

“The Bays Precinct is just two kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, and presents possibly  the most exciting and ambitious urban renewal and city building opportunity in the world  today,” Mr Baird said.

“At the moment we have an urban wasteland that is four times the size of Barangaroo  sitting right next to the world’s greatest harbour.

“We owe it to future generations to make sure we get the renewal of such a significant area  right, which is why we’ve decided to hold an international summit in Sydney in November,  to which we will invite the greatest minds in the field of city building and urban regeneration  from across Australia and the world.

“The participants will be invited on the basis of their experience, expertise and  demonstrated success in the delivery of major urban renewal projects.

“The international summit will be held on the 19th and 20th of November and it has been timed to coincide with the G20 Summit in Brisbane.

“By bringing together the best local and international expertise, we believe we can achieve  a great outcome for the people of Sydney, while setting a new benchmark for what is  possible in the regeneration of iconic urban destinations.

“The public and other stakeholders will also be asked to provide input as we develop plans  to revitalise this area.

“This is yet another example of how we are rebuilding our state and getting on with the job  of transforming NSW.”

Ms Goward said The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program would be a 30 year program.

“Our plans to regenerate The Bays Precinct will deliver vibrant and dynamic places for  cultural, maritime, recreational, retail, residential and commercial use,” Ms Goward said.

“For too long these waterfront areas have been at best under-utilised, and at worst derelict  wastelands.

“We want to change that and make these harbourfront areas available to the public and  tourists alike.

“The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program represents a game changer for Sydney, with  the potential to create the next big destination after the iconic Sydney Opera House.”

UrbanGrowth NSW, the government’s urban renewal authority, is leading the revitalisation  of The Bays Precinct.

Further details are available on our project page