Sydney school students invited to have their say about The Bays Precinct
More than 350 schools have been invited to participate in a special Schools Leadership Forum about the transformation of The Bays Precinct, to be held in association with the Sydneysiders Summit on the weekend of May 16 & 17.
School captains from each school have been invited to attend the special Forum on Friday, May 15, to be held at Australian Technology Park.
“We want to build Sydneysiders’ knowledge, understanding and participation in the transformation process and, given this is a 20 to 30 year project, it’s important that we reach young Sydneysiders who will, after all, be the real beneficiaries,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.
“That’s why we’ve decided to hold a special Schools Leadership Forum at which we can explain the project, the objectives and the possibilities to primary and secondary school students, and they can ask questions and have their say.
“Is The Bays Precinct somewhere they could imagine living or working one day and, if so, what sort of housing and jobs would they be interested in? Would they like to see more playing fields and green space?”
Student leaders from Birchgrove Public School are very excited to see what is happening and are keen to talk about what they think is important, including a sustainable environment and making sure the area’s heritage is preserved for the future.
“I think it’s a great idea to hold the Schools Leadership Forum and acknowledge our youth as part of the ongoing development and renewal of our community. After all, they are the ones who will be working, learning, relaxing, living and bringing up families in The Bays Precinct when it’s finished, so it’s great that they get this opportunity to feel they are a part of its development,” said Birchgrove Public School Principal, Tracy Gray.
“It’s also important to teach our future architects, planners, designers and engineers about the processes involved and to ignite their passion.”
The Schools Leadership Forum will be held at Australian Technology Park from 1.00 to 3.00pm on Friday, May 15, ahead of the Locality Stakeholders Forum that evening, and the Sydneysiders Summit over the weekend.