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We are planning to revitalise the Pyrmont Peninsula, including Western Harbour precinct into the next jobs hub and economic driver of Sydney.


Planning in the area will follow a collaborative approach. We will lead the planning process and work collaboratively with the City of Sydney Council and other Government agencies to resolve any complex issues.


What’s happened so far?

In August 2019 the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces requested the Greater Sydney Commission (the Commission) to undertake an independent review of the planning framework for the Western Harbour precinct Pyrmont Peninsula.


The Commission heard from the community, local and State government and representatives of industry to understand their views and any issues.


In September 2019 the Commission submitted its Review Report and Engagement Report.


The Commission made three recommendations in their report:

  1. Align planning in the area with the Greater Sydney Region Plan and Eastern City District Plan to help achieve the wider objectives for the area
  2. Develop a Place Strategy (economic strategy, master plan, planning framework and governance)
  3. Implement the Place Strategy within 9-12 months


We accepted all three recommendations made by the Commission are leading the delivery of the Place Strategy.


What’s happening now?

We are developing the Place Strategy for the Pyrmont Peninsula.


The strategy aims to transform Pyrmont into the next jobs hub and economic driver of Sydney.


The Place Strategy will encompass:

  • A simplified planning framework that co-ordinates the delivery of the Western Harbour Precinct and Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy
  • The development of a place-based master plan that addresses the planning priorities and actions of the Eastern City District Plan, including:
    • Identification and characterisation of the sub-precincts, including: Ultimo, Darling Harbour, Blackwattle Bay/Wentworth Park and Pyrmont and Harris Street Village
    • Development of principles to respond to the individual character and potential of the sub-precincts
  • The development of an economic strategy and industry attraction program that recognises the potential of the Western Harbour Precinct and Pyrmont Peninsula in growing a stronger and more competitive Harbour CBD
  • The establishment of collaborative and inclusive governance arrangements that include State Government, industry, council and community representation. These arrangements should focus on master planning and land use controls in the short term and on the transition to ongoing collaborative curation-of-place in the medium to long term.


Ten directions

To assist with the development of the Place Strategy, we have set out ten initial directions.


The ten directions focus on encouraging new jobs, innovation and investment whilst also ensuring the area's long-term liveability and sustainability.


These directions incorporate the Commission’s recommendations and results from prior consultation with the community.


The directions will evolve further during the planning process as we gather more information on the area.


We invited community and stakeholder comments and ideas about the 10 directions until 24 April 2020.


Feedback is informing a draft Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy which is currently being developed. Following this early consultation, you can continue to provide your ideas and comments to the team who will consider these, as far as is possible, when preparing the draft Place Strategy. We anticipate exhibiting the draft place strategy for community review and comment in mid-2020.


How to have your say

While we develop the draft Place Strategy, you can continue to contribute your ideas and feedback by: 

  • Emailing us your ideas, questions and comments.
  • Phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88.
  • Posting your ideas to: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124.


You can also express interest, below, in joining the department’s Bounce Group.

What happens next?

We are working to form an evidence-base to support the place strategy.


The Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy will incorporate the Commission’s recommendations, community feedback and align with the Greater Sydney Region Plan and Eastern City District Plan.


Community input is vital to the strategy. Community feedback, including feedback on the ten directions and comments on what people love and want to see improved in Pyrmont Peninsula, is informing the planning process.


Pyrmont Peninsula Bounce Group

The department is now forming a bounce group to provide local knowledge and test ideas, directions and desired outcomes for the place strategy.


Expressions of interest in joining the Bounce Group are welcomed from across the community, including from local residents, Aboriginal and youth community members, as well as local businesses and heritage, environment, creative, tourism, design, innovation and planning industry representatives.


Recruitment process

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are now open and will close at 5PM on Sunday, 31 May 2020.


To express your interest, please review the Pyrmont Peninsula Bounce Group EOI (PDF, 236KB) and complete the short EOI survey.


The EOI survey will ask you to tell us:

  • your name, contact details, age and gender
  • the Bounce Group category you would be applying for (for example as a member of the local community or representative from professional sectors)
  • your participation in the process to date, including participation in early consultation and/or any other community consultation in the Pyrmont area
  • your capacity to participate in four proposed meetings to be held in coming months.


If you have any questions about the expression of interest process, please contact the department.


We look forward to your contribution to the development of the Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy.


How is COVID-19 (Coronavirus) impacting on community consultation?

Reflecting the NSW Government’s advice to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing, you can provide input to help shape the Place Strategy by phone, digital channels or post. To share your ideas and feedback, please:

  • Email ideas, comments and questions to
  • Check our website regularly 
  • Phone Service NSW 13 77 88
  • Post your ideas to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124.


Want to know more?

Read our frequently asked questions to learn more about the Place Strategy.


You can also register your details below to receive email updates.

Page last updated: 21/05/2020