Bays Precinct

The Bays Precinct consists of approximately 80 hectares of Government-owned land and sits within 2km of Sydney's city centre. It includes sites such as the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station, Glebe Island, White Bay, Rozelle Bay, Rozelle rail yards and Blackwattle Bay including the Sydney Fish Market.

The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program is being led by UrbanGrowth NSW. You can read the City of Sydney's submission on the program to UrbanGrowth NSW.

The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit was held on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015.

There was also a 2-day international summit in Sydney on the 19 and 20 November 2014. Listen here to some of the presenters.

Following these events, UrbanGrowth NSW released a discussion paper and a ‘Call for Great Ideas’ on the Bays Precinct. You can read the City’s combined submission here.

In October 2015 UrbanGrowth NSW released the Bays Precinct Transformation Plan and a selection of the Great Ideas received

We encourage the community to stay informed and engaged. This page provides information on ways to have your say on the future of the Bays Precinct.

The Bays Precinct consists of approximately 80 hectares of Government-owned land and sits within 2km of Sydney's city centre. It includes sites such as the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station, Glebe Island, White Bay, Rozelle Bay, Rozelle rail yards and Blackwattle Bay including the Sydney Fish Market.

The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program is being led by UrbanGrowth NSW. You can read the City of Sydney's submission on the program to UrbanGrowth NSW.

The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit was held on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015.

There was also a 2-day international summit in Sydney on the 19 and 20 November 2014. Listen here to some of the presenters.

Following these events, UrbanGrowth NSW released a discussion paper and a ‘Call for Great Ideas’ on the Bays Precinct. You can read the City’s combined submission here.

In October 2015 UrbanGrowth NSW released the Bays Precinct Transformation Plan and a selection of the Great Ideas received

We encourage the community to stay informed and engaged. This page provides information on ways to have your say on the future of the Bays Precinct.

News

  • The Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit

    over 1 year ago

    Urban Growth is inviting community members to contribute to the transformation of The Bays Precinct by attending the Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit on 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015.

    The program and content for both days of the Sydneysiders Summit will be the same, with a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation exercises staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

    Dates: Saturday 16 May & Sunday 17 May 2015

    Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

    Venue: Australian Technology Park , Exhibition Hall, 2 Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW

    Map: Australian Technology Park

    The program... Continue reading

    Urban Growth is inviting community members to contribute to the transformation of The Bays Precinct by attending the Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit on 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015.

    The program and content for both days of the Sydneysiders Summit will be the same, with a series of short talks, ‘discovery’ displays and consultation exercises staggered throughout the day, allowing people to come and go as they wish.

    Dates: Saturday 16 May & Sunday 17 May 2015

    Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

    Venue: Australian Technology Park , Exhibition Hall, 2 Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW

    Map: Australian Technology Park

    The program will be the same each day. You’re welcome to stay all day or stop in for a while.

  • Bays Precinct Discovery Day - this Sunday 12 April!

    over 1 year ago

    Come along to the Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day on Sunday April 12. This will be a full day of family activities and entertainment around Blackwattle Bay (including the Sydney Fish Market), Rozelle Bay and White Bay as part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s project to transform the area by creating new destinations and unlocking public access.

    Large areas of normally inaccessible waterfront land in Sydney’s inner Harbour will be opened up to give Sydneysiders a chance to see close up what the area is like today, learn about its past, and consider its future. There will be a Discovery App... Continue reading

    Come along to the Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day on Sunday April 12. This will be a full day of family activities and entertainment around Blackwattle Bay (including the Sydney Fish Market), Rozelle Bay and White Bay as part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s project to transform the area by creating new destinations and unlocking public access.

    Large areas of normally inaccessible waterfront land in Sydney’s inner Harbour will be opened up to give Sydneysiders a chance to see close up what the area is like today, learn about its past, and consider its future. There will be a Discovery App (for Android and iOS) that can be downloaded prior to or on the day to provide more information.

    Follow The Bays Precinct Sydney Discovery Day for more information:
    Hashtag: #discoverthebays
    Facebook: facebook.com/thebayssydney
    Twitter: twitter.com/thebayssydney
    Instagram: instagram.com/thebayssydney
    Website: www.thebayssydney.com.au

    Public transport use is encouraged, with additional public transport services available on the day including light rail services, free ferries from King Street Wharf to Glebe Island and shuttle buses around The Bays Precinct. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131 500. Car parking will be very limited.

  • NSW Statement of Principles for Bays Precinct received

    over 1 year ago

    NSW Government welcomes Bays Precinct Principles

    Minister for Planning Pru Goward today took the next step towards the transformation of The Bays Precinct, when she received the Statement of Principles that will guide and underpin the Strategic Plan for the precinct, on behalf of the NSW Government.


    NSW Government welcomes Bays Precinct Principles

    Minister for Planning Pru Goward today took the next step towards the transformation of The Bays Precinct, when she received the Statement of Principles that will guide and underpin the Strategic Plan for the precinct, on behalf of the NSW Government.


  • Best practice research by the City

    over 1 year ago


    The City has engaged consultants to prepare two reports to assist the community with the planning and consultation for the Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program. The ‘Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program: Planning Processes and Consultation Review Report’ summarises the planning processes and consultation that has taken place over the years. It identifies common themes arising from the planning and consultation. The ‘Best Practice Urban Renewal: Input in Bays Precinct Forum’ has reviewed examples of international projects and identified principles that lead to good urban renewal outcomes. These two documents are available for download.  


    The City has engaged consultants to prepare two reports to assist the community with the planning and consultation for the Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program. The ‘Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program: Planning Processes and Consultation Review Report’ summarises the planning processes and consultation that has taken place over the years. It identifies common themes arising from the planning and consultation. The ‘Best Practice Urban Renewal: Input in Bays Precinct Forum’ has reviewed examples of international projects and identified principles that lead to good urban renewal outcomes. These two documents are available for download.  

  • Community Planning Principles

    over 1 year ago

    Over 100 community members attended a public meeting on 16 November to discuss the important points to take forward to the International Summit. The community agreed on the following principles.

    Precedence is given to the public good as a driving overarching principle for the renewal of these publicly owned foreshores and bays;

    The community of Sydney is able to fully engage in all stages of the planning process;

    Excellence in planning and design for all development proposals by designating clear, publicly endorsed planning principles developed by the Bays Precinct Community Reference Group and actively seeking local and... Continue reading

    Over 100 community members attended a public meeting on 16 November to discuss the important points to take forward to the International Summit. The community agreed on the following principles.

    Precedence is given to the public good as a driving overarching principle for the renewal of these publicly owned foreshores and bays;

    The community of Sydney is able to fully engage in all stages of the planning process;

    Excellence in planning and design for all development proposals by designating clear, publicly endorsed planning principles developed by the Bays Precinct Community Reference Group and actively seeking local and international ideas for renewal;

    All unsolicited development proposals relating to any Bays Precinct public land or waters is subject to open competitive tenders and proper public scrutiny;

    There is no alienation of the Bays Precinct foreshores from public ownership by sale or long term lease;

    High priority is given to the inclusion of social and affordable housing as a significant element of any residential uses;

    Continuous public access to the harbour foreshore is a core principle for all development in the Bays Precinct;

    A significant proportion of the 80 plus hectares of publicly owned lands is retained for public uses including open space;

    Heritage items, such as the White Bay Power Station and the Glebe Island Bridge are creatively adapted and reused.

  • Planning Principles for Urban Renewal

    over 1 year ago


    The University of Sydney hosted as part of the Festival of Urbanism - The Future of the Bays Precinct forum with Professor Stephen Cairns on 'open-city' design' on Wednesday 5 November. Following this successful event, an important discussion paper on Planning Principles for Urban Renewal and in particular for the Bays Precinct has been developed by the University and is available for downloaded from this webpage.

    Professor Stephen Cairns outlined the planning and delivery of HafenCity in Germany, one of Europe’s largest urban rebuilding projects, which saw old port warehouses replaced with residential areas, offices and shops, and how it could apply to the... Continue reading


    The University of Sydney hosted as part of the Festival of Urbanism - The Future of the Bays Precinct forum with Professor Stephen Cairns on 'open-city' design' on Wednesday 5 November. Following this successful event, an important discussion paper on Planning Principles for Urban Renewal and in particular for the Bays Precinct has been developed by the University and is available for downloaded from this webpage.

    Professor Stephen Cairns outlined the planning and delivery of HafenCity in Germany, one of Europe’s largest urban rebuilding projects, which saw old port warehouses replaced with residential areas, offices and shops, and how it could apply to the Bays Precinct. Professor Cairns was followed by a panel discussion with Westpac head of group sustainability and community, Siobhan Toohill; University of Sydney director of urbanism associate professor Rod Simpson; and community representatives professor Jane Marceau and Lucy Cole-Edelstein from community engagement firm Straight Talk.