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Mary Mortimer: the woman who “can’t say no!”

By Irina Dunn The Pyrmont that Mary Mortimer moved into some 17 years ago was a very different suburb to what it is today. Then it was being developed as a dormitory suburb where childless workers would go home to eat and sleep between stints at work in the city. Now it has become the […]

Finding safe harbour

BY MICK DALEY Sydney Harbour’s reputation as one of the finest in the world owes everything to its superb geographical advantages. But a working harbour requires infrastructure, and from post-Invasion to post-reality, commercial shipping and recreational boaters depend upon the wharves and safe waterways that enable every aspect of maritime endeavour. Ex-mayor of Leichardt and […]

Fail to prepare, prepare for Bays Precinct failure, community groups warn

BY LEXY AKILLAS Local residents have said the Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program will fail, unless public transport and infrastructure issues are fixed. The NSW Government aims to redevelop over 80 hectares of mainly government owned land, from Blackwattle Bay to White Bay Power station, in cooperation with UrbanGrowth NSW and the WestConnex Delivery Authority. However, community groups are worried these […]

Ultimo Public School left in the lurch

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The local community has rejected the NSW Government’s latest plan for the Ultimo Public School, saying the proposal was “plugging holes” and “a band aid that would peel off quickly”. The governmentt proposes to demolish the 15 year old school building and replace it with a larger capacity structure for 700 students. […]

Locals slam cable car system

By Leanne Elahmed   Locals have criticised the proposal for a cable car system across Sydney Harbour as an ineffective plan to ease traffic in the Bays Precinct and city. The proposed 3.4 kilometre cable system would transport commuters to stations at Rozelle Bay, White Bay Power Station, White Bay cruise terminal, Pyrmont and Barangaroo […]

Community stresses ‘proper planning’ for Bays

By Leanne Elahmad   Locals, planners, council members and advocates gathered at Leichhardt Town Hall last Sunday May 7 to discuss UrbanGrowth NSW’s plans for the Bays Precinct and the impacts it will have on the community. The Bays Precinct has been the centre of controversy as UrbanGrowth has continually come under fire from the […]

Bays Precinct consultation continues

UrbanGrowth NSW hosted the Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit last weekend, inviting residents from all around Sydney to help “shape Sydney’s biggest transformation project since the Olympics”. The summit was part of UrbanGrowth’s consultation efforts with the ambitious project, which will span roughly 30 years. But many residents were sceptical of the event’s outcomes, and voiced […]

Bays Community Coalition calls for transparency

By Kayla Canne Members of the Bays Community Coalition (BaCC) were unimpressed by the “one-off extravaganza” ‘Discovery Day’ held by UrbanGrowth NSW in the Bays Precinct last weekend, saying the event was more of an entertainment day than an opportunity for community input toward development in the Precinct. Teena Clerke of the BaCC said she […]

White Bay’s powerful asset for the Bays Precinct

By Joe Bourke Calls for making innovative use of the old White Bay Power Station have risen with development of the controversial Bays Precinct drawing closer. The building has not been in operation for over 30 years and residents and politicians have said it could be an asset to the community if developed in the […]

International Summit overshadowed by Treasurer’s ‘mistake’

  The Bays Precinct international summit was held last Wednesday and Thursday (November 20-21) and saw hundreds of international experts converge on The Australian Technology Park to help decide the future of the precinct. But the event has been overshadowed by a remark made by the Treasurer of NSW, Andrew Constance. “The Bays Precinct Urban […]