Call For Great Ideas
Call For Great Ideas

Call For Great Ideas

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.

UrbanGrowth NSW has also published all ideas submitted on The Bays Precinct website

“We had a terrific response to the Call for Great Ideas for the transformation of The Bays Precinct, in terms of both the quality and quantity of ideas,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“The Independent Assessment Panel considered the public response to the process was “highly successful” and selected eight submissions that they described as presenting “bold and visionary ideas”, as well as some precinct wide concepts that they recommended should be advanced.

“Other ideas reinforced our thinking and the ideas presented in our Discussion Paper.

“Many of the ideas have informed the final Transformation Plan that is also released today, and they will also inform our future procurement processes for the Precinct.”

Details of how the ideas have informed the Transformation Plan are provided in the document Informing the Transformation Plan, available on The Bays Precinct website

More than 200 ideas were submitted from a wide variety of sources, including from 10-year-old school students in Newtown and local residents in Balmain, as well as from professionals and industry consortia in Sydney and as far afield as Copenhagen and New York.

Ideas were received from groups and individuals, companies and industry associations, community representatives, school and university students, lecturers and academics. Submissions came from NSW and interstate, and from Canada, China, Denmark, the US and the UK.

All compliant ideas were reviewed by a Community Advisory Panel and a Technical Advisory Panel, and an Independent Assessment Panel formally assessed all compliant submissions. There was general agreement across the panels on what constituted a good or great idea.

Around a quarter (52) of the submissions related to the White Bay Power Station, with a strong focus too on the Bays Waterfront Promenade (24 submissions) and the Bays Market District (23).

Common themes that emerged out of the ideas 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;
  • R&D and Education – interesting ideas for generating jobs and attracting new businesses; and
  • Governance – some interesting approaches to governance and funding.

The Independent Assessment Panel considered the ideas and presented its recommendations for consideration by the UrbanGrowth NSW Board, and then by the Minister for Planning.

The Independent Assessment Panel was chaired by former mayor of Christchurch, Sir Bob Parker, who oversaw the rebuilding of the city after the 2010 - 2011 earthquake sequence, including through a similar ‘call for ideas’ process.

The Technical Advisory Panel comprised representatives of UrbanGrowth NSW and other State Government agencies. The Community Advisory Panel comprised representatives from community groups from the local government areas immediately surrounding the Bays Precinct, as well as groups representing young people, community and religious organisations, unions and schools.

“The process of assessment of ideas has ensured a robust and fair process, allowing us to assemble the very best of ideas from across Sydney, Australia and beyond,” Mr Pitchford said.