Call for kids’ & uni students’ Great Ideas
With the transformation of The Bays Precinct in Sydney Harbour expected to be a 20 to 30 year project, today’s schoolchildren and university students will be the ones who will live, work and visit the precinct in 2035 and beyond, and they are being encouraged to spend some of their winter holidays working on ‘Great Ideas’ for the precinct.
For most school and university students, the winter holidays start on Friday, June 26. The Call for Great Ideas submission period is open until July 20.
The call for students to submit their ideas follows the recent Schools Leadership Forum in which primary- and secondary-school age children came together to learn about the transformation and offer their ideas.
“There is no argument that a vibrant new waterfront at The Bays Precinct is an exciting prospect for all Sydneysiders, but the cold hard fact is that it is our kids who will really benefit, so it is only right that we should be seeking their ideas,” said Project Leader, Paul Hourigan.
“It would be terrific if school-kids and university students wanted to spend some of their holidays contributing to one of the most significant urban renewal projects in Sydney’s history by drawing and writing about their visions for the future of 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.
The Call for Great Ideas, which is based on similar processes conducted around the world, provides an opportunity for everyone to present innovative ideas for the four immediate priority Destinations of The Bays Precinct, which are the Bays Waterfront Promenade; Bays Market District (including the Sydney Fish Market); White Bay Power Station; and White Bay Cruise Terminal.
Mr Hourigan said the process for submitting an idea is simple: a 400 word description of the idea, along with 100 words detailing how the idea fits with the project’s objectives of providing jobs, housing, public spaces, ways to get around and great design. Drawings, sketches, images or graphics can also be submitted.
“It would be great if young people spent some time during their holidays thinking about the future of the Bays Precinct and sending us their ideas,” Mr Hourigan said.
For details on the Call for Great Ideas visit