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Plans for an upgrade to Sydney’s Walsh Bay arts and cultural precinct are on exhibition from today for community consultation.


Improvements to rehearsal and performance spaces are proposed, as well as the potential for new cafes, bars and restaurants to further revitalise the popular area.


The plans also include contemporary interpretations of the original gantries to reflect the precinct’s former industrial heritage.


“The Department is very keen to hear the community’s views on the plans,” said Anthea Sargeant, Executive Director Key Sites and Industry Assessments.


“We highly value community feedback, and the Department will take it into consideration when assessing this new proposal. Anyone is welcome to come and look at the plans.”


The proponent, Infrastructure NSW, has submitted a state significant development application for improvements to Pier 2/3, Wharf 4/5, and Wharf 4/5 Shore Sheds at Hickson Road, at Walsh Bay.


The proposal includes changes to rehearsal and performance spaces for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney Dance Company, Bell Shakespeare, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Gondwana Choir and Song Company.


It includes refurbishment of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 to enhance street entry at Hickson Road, and for additional external stairs, lifts and balconies.


The proposed revitalisation would also allow Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 to be used for arts and cultural events, including the popular Sydney Writers’ Festival and Biennale arts festival.


The construction program is estimated to take about two years, and if approved will start July 2018.


Submissions can be made until Friday 24 November 2017. To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal, visit the Major Projects website


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