The Bays Precinct: There are no done deals
UrbanGrowth NSW has categorically denied claims in a newspaper report today regarding the Sydney Fish Market and the suggestion that there is any sort of “done deal” regarding the transformation of The Bays Precinct.
“There are currently no plans for any part of The Bays Precinct – what we have is a discussion paper that we are releasing to the people of Sydney this weekend for their comment over the next 6 weeks,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.
“We are making a Call for Great Ideas for the Bays Waterfront Promenade, Bays Market District, White Bay Power Station, and White Bay Cruise Terminal to allow us to capture the best thinking from global and local communities and industry on how the Precinct’s future should unfold.
“The Call for Great Ideas is not a procurement process.”
UrbanGrowth NSW does not know who will or will not make a bid to redevelop Blackwattle Bay, but the fact is that the time for bids of any sort is some time away, and when there is a call it will be a transparent and open public process.
The priority for UrbanGrowth NSW this year is the development of the Transformation Plan which will guide and direct the development of The Bays Precinct over the next 20 to 30 years.
UrbanGrowth NSW will not be putting a proposal to build 32 storey apartments towers on the public foreshore surround the Sydney Fish Market to the NSW government for approval by July.
“We do not have secret plans for 32 storey towers or anything else,” Mr Pitchford said.
“What we have done is identify possible mix of use for different areas across public realm – which includes public open space, sporting fields and community facilities - housing and jobs.
“Our work to date is open to scrutiny by the people of Sydney in the discussion paper, and we look forward to their feedback, which will inform the development of the Transformation Plan we will present to Government in August.”