Monthly Archives: April 2010
The community campaign around the Bays Precinct is about to move into a new phase. The Community Reference Group has provided its advice on the future development of the Bays Precinct to the Government and our next major step will be to hold a public meeting in late June to brief our communities on this advice, and discuss ways in which the community can influence current developments in the Bays and get action on our recommendations.
How things can change when there is an election in the offing! On 7 April the Government announced that it would contribute $20 million to the redevelopment of one of Sydney’s iconic locations – the Fish Market at Pyrmont. Together with $20 million from the company that runs the market, this will provide improvements to vehicle access, parking, additional wholesale and retail facilities and, from the public’s perspective a waterfront park and promenade along with a repaired sea wall and a reduction in the market’s characteristic odour.
Sydney City Council and the Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust are about to finalise plans to rebuild the eastern (Wattle Street) entrance to the complex, and planning is proceeding to replace the northern (Blackwattle Bay) wall. By 2013 the last remnants of the concrete block and barbed wire battlements should have disappeared.
Many residents of Glebe and Forest Lodge are unaware of the heritage Tramsheds to the north of Harold Park. To help people gain a better understanding of what is at stake in the proposed redevelopment of Harold Park, the
Society has organised a familiarisation tour.
The Bays Precinct Campaign
Visit the house and gardens of Lyndhurst, a grand Regency villa designed by colonial architect John Verge, built in the 1830s, saved from demolition in the late 1960s, used by the Historic Houses Trust until 2004, and now in private ownership and recently restored. Lyndhurst is on the State Heritage List. Enjoy afternoon tea on the wide verandahs overlooking beautiful gardens.
You can help decide the future of one of the largest land developments to occur in Glebe. Attend the meetings to discuss the future of Harold Park organised by the Glebe Society on Thursday, 8 April (Society members), and a public meeting on Wednesday 21 April.