Thank you Sydney for participating in The Bays Transformation
“Transformation of this area is important to make sure we progress into the future, and it’s important to talk to people my age because we will be the people who will be employed in the area and live here.”
This was the voice of 17 year-old vice-captain Chenny Chen of Sydney Technical High School, one of about 30 school students who took part in the Schools Leadership Forum at The Bays Sydneysiders Summit. The summit saw 1,300 people come together to contribute their views and ideas, which will help shape the plan to transform the 80 hectare area just west of the Sydney CBD over the next 20 to 30 years.
Over four days from 15 to 18 May 2015, UrbanGrowth NSW took Sydneysiders through the current thinking on The Bays’ transformation, with other Leadership Forums for locals and for industry and professional groups, as well as talks and discussions on the proposed ‘immediate priority destinations’, which include Bays Waterfront Promenade, Bays Market District and White Bay Power Station.
People shared their views and ideas through activities and discussion sessions designed for the different needs and expectations of the many stakeholders, including people who have been involved for a long time, and others who are just beginning to participate.
Local resident Anna Magnus said, “It’s not just one person having one idea, and another person having one idea, but when these ideas come together, a third or fourth or even better idea can come out of it. This is a very important part of the whole process.”
Participants wrote comments on more than 2,700 Post-It Notes and 82 metres of butcher’s paper, and recorded personal video interviews. UrbanGrowth NSW also captured the feedback from 29 group talks and discussion sessions, and individual discussions between participants and project team members.
Principal of All Hallows Catholic Primary School at Five Dock Helen Elliott said, “The children who were here today, when they see this develop before their eyes, will feel that they had a real part in it…that they have had a voice”.
Nine out of ten participants said they thought the summit gave them good information about the transformation and that they had the opportunity to have their say, and also rated the event overall as ‘good or very good’. Of those that were not so satisfied, most wanted to see more detail about what the transformation will entail. This will come in future planning.
All of the contributions from the summit are now being analysed to feed into preparation of the Bays Precinct Transformation Plan, and to feed back to you. Strong themes are emerging, including the importance of transport, open space, education and other social facilities, and housing affordability.
The material that was discussed at the summit, including videos of presentations and discussions, is online at www.thebayssydney.com.au and is open for more comment until 10 July 2015.
25,000 Sydneysiders discover The Bays
The Sydneysiders Summit in May followed a day of discovery on 12 April 2015. The Bays Precinct ‘Discovery Day’ was a chance for Sydneysiders to explore The Bays – including areas not normally accessible to the public – so they could see what the Precinct is like today, learn about its past, and contribute to discussions about its future.
Visiting the dormant White Bay Power Station, one local who knows the area well said she had fond memories of the days when it powered Sydney’s growing train network. “I’d like to see it transported into the future in some meaningful way.”
About 25,000 people from across Sydney took in rare glimpses inside the Power Station, took walking tours and joined in a program of free entertainment including live music, cooking demonstrations, dog shows, roller derby, badminton and petanque, spectacular model plane and boat displays, and a 3D animated photo booth.
Hearing from the community, UrbanGrowth NSW Chairman John Brogden said, “People are amazed at the sheer amount of land and waterfront that is presently blocked off from the public. I think there’s a great excitement about what could happen here”.