An aerial view of city centre buildings.

The heart of the city

A big slice of our Sydney 2030 plan is devoted to breathing new life into the heart of the City. We mention it often because it is important.

As Sydney grew into a global city, it changed; so much so that in 2007, when we spoke to people about the future, they told us they felt disconnected to the City Centre in a way they’d never felt before.

We’re re-establishing the city centre as the beating heart of Greater Sydney. In a way, all of Sydney 2030 is vital to the heart of the city – including the public art projects, the revitalisation of laneways and under-used spaces, our work with small business and sponsorship of major events.

Just as important is our work to open up the the city at night and then there’s the one we’ve all been waiting for – the light rail network that will connect one end of the city with the other.

Reconnecting with the Harbour

One of the best features of our magnificent city is our stunning harbour and as we move towards 2030 we’re trying to reconnect residents and workers with the waterfront.

Walking or cycling around the harbour will definitely be easier and more pleasant by 2030, as the options for getting around shift away from private cars.

In July 2011, the City unveiled plans to improve the streets of Millers Points, Dawes Point, Walsh Bay and The Rocks, to link Barangaroo with surrounding villages and the heart of the city. As well as planting trees, installing seats more seats near the Harbour and widening the footpaths for outdoor dining, we’re looking at adding public art and creative lighting, including commissioning works to light sandstone cliffs and walls.

To support Walsh Bay’s development as a cultural precinct, we’ll be encouraging landlords to offer short term/affordable leases for artist studios/galleries. The renewal of this waterfront area will bring our Cultural Ribbon project a step closer.

Around at Circular Quay, we’re proposing the removal of the Cahill Expressway and the creation of a bigger, better public waterfront space. Although most of Sydney’s foreshore is the responsibility of NSW Government authorities, the City is revitalising as many of its waterfront areas as possible. For example, we’ve refurbished the historic Andrew Boy Charlton Pool (on Mrs Macquarie’s Point) and turned Glebe foreshore into a continuous park.

Towards 2030, we’re re-establishing the heart of the city to:

  • breathe new life into the City Centre
  • re-connect people with the Harbour
  • promote Sydney as a vibrant, global city by day and a fun, lively place at night.

Sydney 2030: green, global and connected. Go to the strategic directions.