The Bays Precinct People’s Campaign

Important Meetings


On the 4th August 2014 over 200 community members met in Glebe Town Hall to consider proposals for a “People’s Campaign” to defend the public interest in the NSW Governments newly announced Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Project. The meeting unanimously endorsed the ‘Peoples Campaign’, a set of essential principles for the protection of the public good in the planning process and a number of resolutions -including a call for the Government to include community representatives in its planned Experts Summit on the Bays Project in November.

Since then, both City of Sydney and Leichhardt Councils have formally supported the Peoples Campaign and UrbanGrowth NSW has met with the campaign organisers. There are now a number of ‘community representatives’ invited to the Experts’ Summit- including the four People’s Campaign organisers.

 Two gatherings are being held to discuss the community perspective on the public interest in the Bays Precinct redevelopment in preparation for this Experts Summit in November.

 The redevelopment of these inner city harbour foreshores and bays is not just a local community issue.  At stake is the future of over 80 hectares of publicly owned Sydney Harbour foreshores…..very close to the Barangaroo site.  This is a huge urban renewal project of importance to the people of Sydney.

 A Sydney-wide People’s Campaign is essential to ensure the public good is better protected for this part of Sydney Harbour than it has been in the Barangaroo development. 


 1.  Public Talk. The City of Sydney is supporting an evening talk as part of the University Of Sydney’s Festival on Urbanism The Future of the Bays Precinct, with Professor Stephen Cairns on ‘open-city’ design. There will also be a panel including Professor Jane Marceau talking on the relevance and importance of the ‘People’s Campaign’ for the Bays and the principles we are urging the Government to adopt in the public interest.


Wednesday 5 November: 6pm–7.30pm

Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall

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2.   People’s Campaign Meeting. On Sunday the 16th November the ‘Peoples Campaign’ organisers will be holding a community meeting to provide a summary of the People’s Campaign so far and to discuss our approach to the Experts Summit and ways of influencing the decision making in the months ahead. 




Sunday 16 November: 3pm–5pm

Glebe Town Hall,

160 St Johns Rd, Glebe


The People’s Campaign organisers urge you to come along to both these events and register your support and the determination of the people of Sydney to get the public good back into the planning and development decisions for the renewal of this strategic, publicly owned Sydney Harbour site. 


We hope to see many of you at both events 

 On behalf of the organisers of the Bays Precinct People’s Campaign to Defend the Public Interest 

Dr Lesley Lynch, (BPCRG and BP Taskforce member and Glebe Society)

Carolyn Allen (BPCRG member and President Balmain Association)

John Brooks (BPCRG member and Pyrmont Action Inc)

Professor Jane Marceau (BPCRG and BP Taskforce member and White Bay Joint Steering Committee)