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Another Project in Sydney’s Transformation

Release Date: 28/09/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the NSW Government’s decision to invest in a major upgrade of the Circular Quay wharves as long overdue, given the role it plays both as a key transport interchange and one of the most visited sites for Sydney tourists.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe described the $200 million proposed upgrade as, “Creating a destination that reflects the modern image of Sydney that is emerging with other major projects including Barangaroo, the CBD light rail and private sector developments such as those planned near the Quay by AMP Capital and the Wanda One project.
“No one can argue that hotels and other key businesses in the Rocks need to be owned by the NSW Government but Circular Quay itself has suffered from management by multiple government agencies and it was only Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) that provided any coordination.
“Clarity around the coordination of all the government agencies with a role at Circular Quay needs to remain a priority for the government.
“Beautiful buildings are one thing but resolving governance of the area will require determination.
“Circular Quay is set to become an even more important transport interchange with the development of the CBD Light Rail and will require management across multiple agencies.
“SHFA has been a significant ‘place-manager’ across The Rocks and given the heritage of the area and its destination for tourists, it is vital that role is not lost in the reshaping of the role of SHFA.
“Sydneysiders should be thrilled at the plans for Circular Quay wharves as the area has suffered from lack of investment for too long, but holding on to the heritage of The Rocks must remain a priority for the NSW Government,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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