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Sydney’s senior leaders back City plan to fix George Street

by Project Coordinator 18 May 2012, 10:30 AM
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Sydney's most senior leaders have thrown their weight behind the City of Sydney's plan to pedestrianise George Street (between Bathurstand Hunter Streets) as part of the introduction of light rail.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP, The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) and The Committee for Sydney - whose members represent significant organisations across all sectors - all support the partnership between the NSW Government and the City of Sydney to ensure Sydney kept in step with other global cities such as London, New York and Paris.


Sydney's most senior leaders have thrown their weight behind the City of Sydney's plan to pedestrianise George Street as part of the introduction of light rail.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP, The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) and The Committee for Sydney - whose members represent significant organisations across all sectors - all support the partnership between the NSW Government and the City of Sydney to ensure Sydney kept in step with other global cities such as London, New York and Paris.

The City of Sydney is supporting the NSW Government in bringing light rail to George Street with $180 million to double the amount of space for pedestrians, upgrade public squares, add new street trees and information signage, introduce innovative public art, street furniture and revitalised laneways.

The Lord Mayor said: "We want Sydney to be an easy city to get around in - for the millions of motorists, bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians who are in our city every day.

"Right now congestion is crippling Sydney and it's not going to get any better unless we radically rethink the way our city works and how people move around.

Margy Osmond, CEO of ANRA and the City of Sydney's Retail Advisory Panel, said: "Retailers will already be taking the prospect of an attractive pedestrianised George Street via the proposed development, into their business plans for the coming years.

Retailers will be looking to the State Government to make a rapid decision on this issue so they can move forward with their plans for development, which the whole city will benefit from.

Committee for Sydney CEO Chris Jordan said: "Central Sydney needs to work more effectively and efficiently if the rest of the city is going to work.

"Light rail and more space for pedestrians has internationally resulted in cities which are more attractive for employment, and there is no reason why Sydney shouldn't be any different."

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