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Circular Quay is on track to receive a makeover for the first time in many decades, with improved public spaces like shops and restaurants and a modern transport interchange bringing this iconic Sydney location to life.
In a cross-government effort involving Transport for NSW, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and other government agencies, the community is being invited to share their ideas on how to renew the public spaces and infrastructure in and around the Circular Quay ferry wharves.
The renewal will cater to all customers and meet future demand for transport services, as well as establish a thriving hub that will attract visitors from all over the world with new shops, dining and cultural experiences mixed with its unique heritage.
“Circular Quay is an iconic location for both locals and visitors alike, and the revival of this area will ensure better accessibility, connections and enjoyment for the community, as well as provide an opportunity to strengthen our economy and inject some magic back into this vibrant waterfront location,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.
“Circular Quay needs generous spaces for the 15 million visitors and 64 million public and active transport trips; not to mention the enormous crowds that flock to events like Vivid and the New Year’s Eve fireworks each year.
“There will be a reimagining of its public spaces, new ferry wharves and an upgraded train station which will see this area become a place that all Sydneysiders can be proud of.” Transport for NSW said community input is a vital part of the planning process and encouraged everyone to have their say on the revival plan through an online survey.
“We want to get this vision right, which is why we strongly encourage the community to come forward and share their ideas on what they would like to see,” a spokesperson said.
“The makeover will also prioritise acknowledging the site’s cultural importance, including the tens of thousands of years of connection by Aboriginal people and its more recent non-Aboriginal heritage.”
Transport for NSW is in the early stages of consultation with neighbours, businesses, property owners, tenants, historians and the public, on how to deliver a Circular Quay precinct that is befitting of its history, location and economic importance.
Through Transport for NSW, the NSW Government has shortlisted two consortia, led by CQC Partners and Plenary Group, who will develop early design ideas for Phase 2 of the Structured Market Engagement.
This article first appeared on www.transport.nsw.gov.au
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