Public comment and Call for Great Ideas periods extended
Public comment and Call for Great Ideas periods extended

Public comment and Call for Great Ideas periods extended

A strong response to recent public engagement on the transformation of The Bays Precinct has reinforced the need for affordable housing, a comprehensive transport strategy and education facilities, and prompted a decision to extend the periods for public comment and a Call for Great Ideas on the project.

From Friday, May 15 to Monday, May 18 more than 1,300 Sydneysiders learned about the ambition, objectives and possibilities for the transformation of The Bays Precinct and provided their initial feedback at a two-day public Sydneysiders Summit and a number of Leadership

Forums for schools, local residents, businesses and industry. Another 500 people watched live-streamed presentations online.

The period for public comment on the discussion paper – Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct - was due to close on June 30. That has now been extended to July 10. A separate ‘Call for Great Ideas’ for The Bays Precinct, due to close on July 6, has also been extended to July 20.

The Bays Precinct is 80 hectares of government-owned harbor-front land 2km west of the Sydney CBD.

“We recognise that the success of the transformation program relies heavily on the involvement of all stakeholders, and the Sydneysiders Summit was all about building public knowledge,

understanding and participation in the process,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“Over the four days, Sydneysiders had the chance to learn more about the project from the team, to ask questions, and to provide their feedback in a range of ways. They gave us their comments on 2,700 Post-It notes and 82 metres of butcher’s paper, as well as in discussion sessions and on video in a feedback booth.

The Summit marked the start of a period for public comment on the discussion paper and the Call for Great Ideas.

“The feedback we receive on our ideas presented in the discussion paper will further inform the plan that will underpin how the Precinct will be transformed over the next 20 to 30 years,” Mr Pitchford said.

“But there is also an opportunity for people to submit THEIR ideas through the Call for Great Ideas.

“We are the first to admit that there will be some great ideas out there that we haven’t thought of and that haven’t been raised before, and we want to hear them.

“For example, while we heard a lot about housing affordability and transport solutions, which are already on our radar, we also heard things we haven’t thought of – like a seven-year-old’s suggestion that we run a Minecraft competition for school kids inviting them to design a building or different structures when we get to that stage, and a 10-year-old’s call for an underwater pedestrian tunnel.

“We won’t be taking unsolicited proposals for The Bays Precinct so, whether you are a local resident or a property company, if you want your idea to be in the mix you need to submit it as part of this process.

“As long as they meet the objectives there are no boundaries to the Great Ideas considered.

They could be something like a large-scale knowledge-based employer, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, a community-run asset like the High Line in New York, or London’s Tech City,” Mr Pitchford said.

The Bays Precinct discussion paper, information on the Call for Great Ideas, and videos of presentations at the Summit and Leadership Forums can be found on the project website:

A Summit highlights video can be viewed below.