The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust has developed a new master plan, and is now asking for community feedback. The Master Plan is the first in the Garden's 200 year history and aims to develop a coordinated approach to the parklands' use.
The City of Sydney has not assisted with the formulation of the Plan, but we will carefully review it and provide a formal submission.
I oppose any built structure at Mrs Macquarie's Point. I have fought for decades to protect Sydney's public open space, particularly in Centennial and Moore Parks which have seen numerous attempts at commercialisation and alienation defeated by community campaigns.
As our city's population continues to grow, public open space becomes even more important. Changes that would reduce the amount of public open space, or hinder access to it, are not in our community's best interest.
The Master Plan includes proposed ferry wharf and rail stop for Woolloomooloo. A station on the Eastern Suburbs railway line is something I have long called for. This improvement to public transport in the area would benefit visitors to the parkland, Art Gallery of NSW and concert goers, as well local residents. Though there is no clear funding for public transport improvements at the moment, I believe the NSW Government should carefully consider the proposal.
A clear plan to support walking and cycling from Woolloomooloo Bay to Bennelong Point and beyond would also be hugely beneficial. This should be integrated with the City's planned bike network.
The Master Plan is wide ranging and it's important you take this opportunity to have your say.
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website, www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au, to see the details and provide your feedback until Sunday 4 May.