The 150 million East Darling Harbour development will have a very profound impact on the city of Sydney, and will transform this historic foreshore precinct, which have been cargo wharves since the mid 1840s. The new project will restore public access to the waterfront at Millers Point from the first time in nearly 100 years.
Paul Keating, former Prime Minister and former member for Blaxland was a member of the New South Wales Board of Architects from 2002-2005. During his Prime Minister years, he introduced the Better Cities program to improve urban design in Australian Capital Cities & was also part of the 10-member jury that selected the winning design for the redevelopment.
Flanking 11 hectares of Sydney CBD’s western foreshores, the headland park pans will return the vacant concrete slab of wharves to the natural geography and ecology of Sydney prior to 1837. It would also complete a continuous 14km foreshore promenade from Anzac Bridge to Woolloomooloo.
With Sydney being the maritime capital of Australia, the founding city of the colony, and the greatest natural harbour in the world, don’t you think it deserves a nip and tuck?
Developments are due to commence in 2011, and expectations have been set that it will be open to the public by 2014.