After dropping plans for an ambitious 91-km waterfront pathway just last week, the NSW Government has revealed plans for a massive Circular Quay renewal. One of Sydney’s most iconic spots will receive a major overhaul with a new public green space, new ferry wharves and a potential New York style highline on part of the Cahill Expressway. The NSW government will commit $216 million in the 2022-23 Budget towards the project.
Circular Quay has long acted as a gateway to some of Sydney’s most beloved attractions. Premier Dominic Perrottet says the ambitious project would create up to a 1000 jobs during construction. Celebrating Sydney’s stunning harbour and picture perfect views, the project aims to breathe fresh life into Circular Quay’s retail, dining, arts and cultural spaces.
“Our vision for Circular Quay would transform the world’s gateway to Australia and provide a truly unique experience, as the number of visitors to Sydney returns to the 15 million we welcomed annually before COVID-19,” Treasurer Matt Kean said.
“This renewal would create a more dynamic space for visitors and locals to enjoy new places to eat, drink and shop. We’re considering options to upgrade the wharves and revamp the train station to reaffirm Circular Quay as a key transport hub for Sydney.”
Meanwhile, the Cahill Expressway is set to transform into a green space allowing locals and tourists a chance to enjoy the harbour to it’s fullest.
“The scar of the Cahill Expressway splits our amazing city from its best asset and while we cannot get rid of it right now, I’m delighted we can enhance it in the meantime and create one of the world’s truly great walks,” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes added that for a long time, Circular Quay has “not lived up to it’s potential”, adding that the community would be consulted throughout the process.
“This plan will see Sydney have the front door it deserves and better reflect the spectacular city we live in,” Mr Stokes said.
Read more about the Circular Quay renewal project here.