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Bays West comprises areas including Rozelle Bay, Rozelle Rail Yards, White Bay, Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station.


This stretch of Country – both land and water – has for thousands of generations, supported local Aboriginal people to live an abundant and sustainable lifestyle. Bays West has done so from its Aboriginal origins, through the industrial age, to its present-day use as a significant harbour-side precinct supporting ports and a working harbour, framed by decommissioned heritage structures and important arterial road infrastructure.


The Bays West of the future will evolve over time into a mixed-use precinct that is an innovative and sustainable new place for living, working and recreation. 


The Bays West Place Strategy

The Bays West Place Strategy will guide the transformation of Bays West into the future. 


The place strategy was finalised on 15 November 2021 and has been adopted through a Ministerial Direction under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. See the Section 9.1 Direction map.


The place strategy does not rezone land. It sets the future vision for Bays West and outlines steps to ensure investment and infrastructure is aligned to anticipated growth. 

See the place strategy


Feedback from the exhibition showed the community supports our vision for Bays West as a vibrant harbourside precinct that celebrates its past while looking to the future.


We have responded to the feedback by amending the place strategy to ensure public spaces are accessible, explore opportunities to create Aboriginal cultural spaces and facilities, better protect and allow future opportunities for the White Bay Power Station, and investigate future options for Glebe Island Bridge. 


You can find out more about how we responded to feedback by reading our consultation summary (PDF, 1.52MB).


You can also read our frequently asked questions (PDF, 108KB).


The draft place strategy has been built on our Bays West Connecting with Country framework which acknowledges the history, culture and continuing connection of First Nations People to Bays West.

What happens next?

We are now preparing a draft master plan for the White Bay Power Station (and Metro) sub-precinct to be exhibited next year. The master plan will be guided by the place strategy and will provide more details for key elements such as building height, land use and density.


The White Bay Power Station (and Metro) sub-precinct master plan will inform the rezoning process, which will establish the planning framework for the sub-precinct. 


Master planning and rezoning for the remaining sub-precincts will be undertaken over time. 


Community feedback will be sought on the draft master plans and subsequent rezoning proposals to help shape the future of Bays West.


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Page last updated: 15/11/2021