Cultural Ribbon - Sydney's nature and culture walk

The City of Sydney invited feedback on our draft Cultural Ribbon Strategy from July to September 2016. This feedback has assisted the strategy and the planning for a new harbourside walking trail exploring the history of our city and the relationship between the land, maritime history and Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The strategy looked at ways to celebrate some of Sydney’s significant cultural and historic landmarks and showcase spectacular harbour views.

The idea for a harbourside walk was initiated during the development of Sustainable Sydney 2030, our plan to make the city as green, global and connected as possible by 2030.

Council adopted the strategy on 12 December 2016.

On exhibition

During the public exhibition period we invited feedback on the strategic principles and 4 key directions:

Principles

Sydney Harbour’s nature and culture walk had the following principles and directions:

  • About the cultural destinations and landscapes as much as it is about the paths and spaces in between
  • Anchored by moments of storytelling and interpretation including Eora Journey and Sydney’s maritime history
  • A layered experience made up of various components that tell a bigger picture story
  • It is accessible for all and a great experience every day and night
  • Supported by investment by the public and private sector that enhances the experience.

Directions

  • Connections – Improve and enhance the physical experience of the walk
  • Imagination – Introduce a layer of story-telling and interpretation along the walk
  • Identity – Build public recognition and promote the walk.

Key themes that emerged from the exhibition period

  • The importance and willingness of key agencies and cultural organisations to partner with us to implement the project
  • Strong synergies with a large number of cultural organisations in terms of future programming and activities
  • That the strategy is timely due to major developments and upgrades by many major cultural organisations
  • The importance of the provision of visitor information and how information is delivered
  • Consider how the City can work and support business, as well as cultural organisations to streamline approvals
  • Consider wayfinding and signage as very important
  • Work collaboratively and closely to increase local and visitor awareness, visitation and engagement.

The walk was well received by Property NSW and many cultural organisations and the business sector. A mixture of formal submissions and online surveys were received. The feedback and overall endorsement has helped to further define the scope of a harbour walk for residents and visitors to Sydney.

Our next steps

Now that the actions and priorities have been updated and the strategy adopted we are looking at further consultation with cultural organisations, workshopping creative ideas to introduce story-telling and considering amenities such as signage along the nature and culture walk.


The City of Sydney invited feedback on our draft Cultural Ribbon Strategy from July to September 2016. This feedback has assisted the strategy and the planning for a new harbourside walking trail exploring the history of our city and the relationship between the land, maritime history and Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The strategy looked at ways to celebrate some of Sydney’s significant cultural and historic landmarks and showcase spectacular harbour views.

The idea for a harbourside walk was initiated during the development of Sustainable Sydney 2030, our plan to make the city as green, global and connected as possible by 2030.

Council adopted the strategy on 12 December 2016.

On exhibition

During the public exhibition period we invited feedback on the strategic principles and 4 key directions:

Principles

Sydney Harbour’s nature and culture walk had the following principles and directions:

  • About the cultural destinations and landscapes as much as it is about the paths and spaces in between
  • Anchored by moments of storytelling and interpretation including Eora Journey and Sydney’s maritime history
  • A layered experience made up of various components that tell a bigger picture story
  • It is accessible for all and a great experience every day and night
  • Supported by investment by the public and private sector that enhances the experience.

Directions

  • Connections – Improve and enhance the physical experience of the walk
  • Imagination – Introduce a layer of story-telling and interpretation along the walk
  • Identity – Build public recognition and promote the walk.

Key themes that emerged from the exhibition period

  • The importance and willingness of key agencies and cultural organisations to partner with us to implement the project
  • Strong synergies with a large number of cultural organisations in terms of future programming and activities
  • That the strategy is timely due to major developments and upgrades by many major cultural organisations
  • The importance of the provision of visitor information and how information is delivered
  • Consider how the City can work and support business, as well as cultural organisations to streamline approvals
  • Consider wayfinding and signage as very important
  • Work collaboratively and closely to increase local and visitor awareness, visitation and engagement.

The walk was well received by Property NSW and many cultural organisations and the business sector. A mixture of formal submissions and online surveys were received. The feedback and overall endorsement has helped to further define the scope of a harbour walk for residents and visitors to Sydney.

Our next steps

Now that the actions and priorities have been updated and the strategy adopted we are looking at further consultation with cultural organisations, workshopping creative ideas to introduce story-telling and considering amenities such as signage along the nature and culture walk.


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