Department of Planning

Current Media Releases

All Current and Past Media Releases


Media Releases Home

Planning Home

Media Release - Minister's Office

Sydney: 18 October 2006


Planning Minister Frank Sartor today unveiled a new name and detailed blueprint for the $4 billion renewal of a 22-hectare port precinct on the western edge of Sydney’s CBD.

“The Iemma Government is making real progress on the massive task of regenerating East Darling Harbour, and a new name is an important step along the way,” Mr Sartor said.

“The concept plan released for public comment today outlines a new direction for this key city site, to guide recreational, commercial and residential development.

“The project is expected to generate $4 billion in new investment for NSW and 30,000 jobs during the decade-long construction period.

“It will deliver new commercial headquarters for 16,000 workers, and an 11-hectare headland park and foreshore promenade for the people of Sydney.

“Following a public competition, the Government has decided to rename this area Barangaroo, in honour of the wife of Bennelong.”

Mr Sartor said the name (PRON: Ba-rang-a-roo) emerged as the most popular choice from a shortlist chosen from public nominations.

“This major CBD precinct is thought to be the first significant place in Sydney to be named after an Aboriginal woman,” he said.

“Barangaroo will bookend Bennelong Point and the Sydney Opera House on the eastern side of the Harbour Bridge – and return this site to the public for the first time in over a century.”

Barangaroo was a Cadigal woman who was known for being determined and independent.

She refused to permanently settle in the colony at Port Jackson and died in childbirth in 1791, after being taken to the Government House hospital by her husband Bennelong.

“Barangaroo will be a leading Sydney destination for business, residents and visitors alike,” Mr Sartor said.

“The concept plan is the blueprint for a diverse mix of premium office space, housing, community facilities, restaurants and shops.

“It also outlines the Government’s vision for a new 1.4-kilometre foreshore promenade, along with pedestrian and cycle paths.

‘This will complete an uninterrupted foreshore walk from Woolloomooloo right around to the Anzac Bridge.”

Mr Sartor said the concept plan includes options to:

• Create new public transport services for ferries, buses and potentially light rail along the stretch of Hickson Road to be renamed The Hungry Mile;

• Establish new pedestrian connections to Wynyard and existing transport hubs;

• Create three new coves along the foreshore to provide direct public access to the water for boating and other activities;

• Create a ‘green’ precinct by incorporating environmentally sustainable principles, like rainwater collection, water recycling and energy conservation, into building and landscape design.

“Once the concept plan is approved, additional plans for each of the parks, buildings and streets of this new precinct will be prepared and public comment invited,” he said.

Construction is expected to commence when existing port activities cease.

The concept plan will be exhibited at the Department of Planning, Information Centre, 23-33 Bridge St, Sydney, from 18 October to 17 November 2006, between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Information about the concept plan can also be found at

© NSW Department of Planning