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We are planning for the evolution of Pyrmont Peninsula as a treasured cultural and entertainment destination as well as an innovative, connected cornerstone of economic growth and jobs for the future.


The draft Place Strategy has been developed to enable a transformation that unlocks innovation and investment to create the jobs of the future, while celebrating the rich heritage and charm of the peninsula.


Our vision focuses on transforming the peninsula into a vibrant destination, attracting new investment and providing a world-class waterfront walk, parks, public spaces, tree-lined streets and cycleways for the enjoyment of workers, residents and visitors alike.


What's happening now?

The draft Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy was exhibited for community and stakeholder review and feedback from 31 July to 13 September 2020.


The department thanks the residents, organisations and other stakeholders who took the time to give us ideas and feedback through formal submissions, online survey responses and at online community consultation events held on 13 August and 20 August (morning and afternoon sessions).


All feedback is being reviewed and addressed in the next stage of planning, including the finalisation of the Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy and preparation of detailed precinct plans which will be released later in 2020.


What is the draft Place Strategy?

The draft Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy includes a draft Place Strategy, Economic Development Strategy, frequently asked questions and supporting studies, which are available on the Planning Portal.


The draft Place Strategy proposes a 20-year vision and planning framework to guide Pyrmont Peninsula’s transformation to 2041 through Five Big Moves:


  1. Build and link a world class foreshore
  2. Enhance the opportunity to provide a vibrant 24 hour cultural and entertainment destination, with small bars, performance spaces, museums and other entertainment
  3. Realise the benefits of a new Metro West station by making Pyrmont a destination, rather than the point where journeys start
  4. Create a low carbon and high performance precinct, maintaining the shift to a place where people walk and use public transport to connect to other places
  5. Expand and use the innovative public spaces across the Peninsula.


How was the draft Place Strategy developed?

The draft Place Strategy:

  • responds to an Economic Development Strategy prepared by NSW Treasury, which identifies economic and commercial growth drivers for the area, forecasts employment by industry and infrastructure requirements and provides recommendations on achieving strong, sustainable economic growth that reflects the vision for the Peninsula.
  • builds on technical studies into the peninsula’s demographics, Aboriginal and European heritage, housing, physical and social infrastructure, transport, urban design and utilities. The EDS, technical studies and draft Place Strategy are available on the Planning Portal.
  • incorporates our response to community feedback on our 10 Directions report, released for community and stakeholder review and feedback in March – April 2020.


The 10 Directions document outlines our priorities for achieving new jobs, innovation and investment whilst also ensuring the area's long-term liveability and sustainability, and included a survey, map based comments and submissions,


The genesis of the Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy arose from the Greater Sydney Commission (the Commission)’s Review Report published from their independent review of the planning framework or the Western Harbour precinct.


The draft Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy is being developed at the same time as other NSW Government projects that will shape the peninsula, including planning for Blackwattle Bay and the Sydney Fish Market.


Steering Committee and Pyrmont Peninsula Bounce Group

Preparation of the draft Place Strategy has been overseen by a Steering Committee, including senior representatives of the NSW Government, the City of Sydney Council and government agencies, including NSW Treasury and Transport for NSW.


The draft Place Strategy has also been informed by a Bounce Group formed in May 2020 to provide local knowledge, test ideas and contribute to the direction and development of the draft Place Strategy.


Membership of the Bounce Group includes local residents, small, medium and large businesses, youth and community group members, as well as heritage, environment, creative, tourism, design and innovation industry representatives, that were selected following an expression of interest process.


You can read a summary of the Bounce Group meetings online. If you have any questions about the Bounce Group please contact the department.


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Page last updated: 14/09/2020