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The Planning Minister has determined that the urban renewal of land within The Bays Precinct is a matter of State planning significance, and agreed to investigate the area as a State Significant Precinct.


The Bays Precinct represents a significant urban renewal opportunity on Sydney’s waterfront. Located two kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, The Bays Precinct comprises 5.5 km of harbourfront land, 95 hectares of largely government-owned land and 94 hectares of waterways in Sydney Harbour.


The NSW Government’s ambition for The Bays Precinct is to drive an internationally competitive economy, by providing world-class destinations on Sydney Harbour that will transform the city, New South Wales and Australia.



UrbanGrowth NSW released their ‘Transformation Plan: The Bays Precinct, Sydney’ (October 2015), which sets out a strategy for the transformation of The Bays Precinct. It identifies eight destinations within The Bays Precinct including:

  • Bays Market District
  • Bays Waterfront Promenade
  • Wentworth Park
  • Glebe Island
  • White Bay
  • White Bay Power Station
  • Rozelle Rail Yards
  • Rozelle Bay and Bays Waterways


Some areas are immediate priorities, while others represent longer-term opportunities.


The short-term opportunities currently being investigated include White Bay Power Station and the Bays Market District including the first stage of the Bays Waterfront Promenade.


What happens next

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGDC) is developing a vision for the growth and development of the Bays Market District over the next 20 – 30 years. Master plan options are being developed alongside the concept design for the new fish market. It is anticipated that UGDC will consult the community on the master plan options in 2019. 


New fish market

The Department for Planning, Industry and Environment will have a key role in assessing the new fish market applications as it is State Significant Development (SSD).


We have consulted with other Government agencies and local councils to determine the scope of the environmental and technical studies that UGDC will need to address. This is known as the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). UGDC will use the SEARs to prepare the SSD applications and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).


Once the SSD applications and EIS are submitted, these will be placed on public exhibition. Further details can be found on the Major Projects website.


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Page last updated: 22/07/2019