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


This stretch of Country – both land and water – has for thousands of generations, supported 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 draft Bays West Place Strategy

We have prepared a draft Bays West Place Strategy to guide the transformation of Bays West into the future. 


The draft Place Strategy builds upon previous urban renewal work in the wider Bays Precinct and creates a long-term vision for Bays West to be delivered over time. This is a vision for a connected and vibrant precinct that is an innovative and sustainable new place for living, working and recreation. 


The draft Bays West Place Strategy, was on public exhibition from 22 March 2021 until 29 April 2021.


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. We are consulting with Aboriginal people and organisations on the draft Bays West Place Strategy and if you would like to be involved, please email or our consultation partner, Murawin on


See the draft place strategy


The draft place strategy does not seek to rezone land. It will guide local councils, State agencies and the private sector on land use planning for Bays West and outlines steps to ensure investment and infrastructure is aligned to anticipated growth. 


The draft place strategy aims to: 

  • Describe a vision and future directions for Bays West and share our proposed Big Moves to help transform this precinct
  • Identify the sub-precincts that make up the wider Bays Precinct and 
  • Support the NSW Government’s investment in Sydney Metro West project, including The Bays Station, to unlock the precinct’s potential.


Want to know more? 

You can find out more about the draft place strategy by; 


Have your say 

Public exhibition and formal submissions closed on 29 April 2021.


You can still provide some feedback on the draft place strategy before 6 May 2021 by; 



What happens next?

All feedback and submissions will be carefully considered and will help shape the final place strategy. 


The Department will submit the final place strategy package to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces to adopt the plan through a Ministerial Direction under Section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. 


The place strategy and supporting documents will guide the renewal of Bays West. They will inform future master planning and rezoning. 


Master plans and rezonings will include the implementation of planning controls which then guide any future development applications. 


The community will be consulted on any future master plans, rezonings and development applications.


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Page last updated: 30/04/2021