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

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

his 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.

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