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Barangaroo Reserve to Grow Urban Tourism Options

Release Date: 20/08/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described the opening of the new Barangaroo Reserve on Saturday, as a major step in releasing the whole Barangaroo Precinct to the community.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “This is an important step in the revitalisation of the former docklands and in the establishment of a key connection between the Western harbour foreshore and the Walsh Bay precinct.
“With more than 40% of visitors to Sydney travelling for a holiday, Barangaroo Reserve is sure to be a magnet for visitors and will add to the appeal the Sydney harbour precinct has for visitors.
“This part of the western foreshore will now be open to the public for the first time in over 100 years, and is the result of collaboration between government and the private sector.
“Few cities in the world have the opportunity to create a new urban park adjacent to their CBD and for Sydney, which has a reputation not only for its location beside the harbour, but also as a city with strong green spaces, the Barangaroo Reserve will strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a place to be an urban tourist.
“Among the 75,000 native plants and 6,500 sandstone blocks, this has been a huge project and one that will surely pay off for Sydney residents, businesses and tourists.
“Many business groups, including the Chamber, originally saw the site as the place for a new convention centre but the vision of Paul Keating that the site should be restored as a headland was clearly the correct decision as it has opened the whole area for the community.
“Paul Keating deserves congratulations for his uncompromising articulation of the potential of the site and his passionate advocacy for it to be created as parkland,” said Mrs Forsythe.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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