On Monday, I welcomed the Premier and Minister for Planning's release of the findings of the Barangaroo Review as an opportunity to rebuild trust with the community while delivering a significant redevelopment in the Sydney CBD.
The City of Sydney has always supported Barangaroo but had real concerns about consultation, communication and transparency - all issues the review confirmed as needing to be addressed.
The review backed many improvements that the City's planning experts had suggested, including:
- A greater focus on design excellence to minimise the density and scale of office blocks;
- An improvement by the Barangaroo Delivery Board and Lend Lease in their approach to consultation, communication and transparency;
- A continuing commitment to sustainability on the site;
- Reviewing the decision to locate the hotel over the Harbour;
- Providing more affordable housing for key workers at Barangaroo;
- Undertaking a design review
I welcome the Government's commitment to address these issues, as a quality development at Barangaroo is crucial to our City's future and mistakes can rarely be undone.
The review also agreed with independent research commissioned by the City - that public transport interchanges will not be able to cater for the expected increase in the demand and that a transport plan is desperately needed for Barangaroo. I support the announcement of a taskforce, led by Transport for NSW, to develop an integrated transport plan for the site.
The City welcomes the Panel's recommendation that an independent Contamination Site Auditor, overseen by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the City of Sydney, be appointed to review the remediation plans.
The City reaffirms our commitment to work with the Government, Barangaroo Delivery Board and Lend Lease to develop an iconic, internationally significant precinct at Barangaroo that is integrated with the city, connected by public transport and has great public spaces.