Discover The Bays Precinct, Sydney!
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.