Published on : Thursday, July 17, 2014
The proposed revitalisation of the Bays Precinct presents a prime opportunity to help grow the New South Wales tourism industry and its contribution to the state’s economy, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
TTF Acting Chief Executive Trent Zimmerman said the Bays Precinct has amazing potential.
“The Bays Precinct is a unique chance for an integrated approach to the revitalisation of a significant area of prime harbourside land on the doorstep of the CBD and tourism must be at the forefront of planning for these sites,” Mr Zimmerman said.
“It’s incredible that in 2014 so much of this waterfront land remains derelict and off limits to both Sydneysiders and visitors.
“Tourism is an economic development strategy for New South Wales and Australia, so it’s vital that tourism uses are integral to any thinking about the future of the Bays Precinct.
“The precinct has enormous potential to generate activity in the visitor economy, providing job and business opportunities and delivering amenity for tourists and locals alike.
“The Bays Precinct includes sites like the Sydney Fish Market which is already a tourist drawcard and has the potential to become a world-class attraction that is on the itinerary of all visitors to Sydney.
“There are also opportunities for adaptive re-use of heritage buildings like the White Bay Power Station, which could become a cultural centre or art gallery and anchor that part of the precinct.
“TTF congratulates the NSW government on taking the necessary next steps to get the revitalisation of this valuable precinct back on the agenda.
“Holding an international summit will ensure a world’s-best-practice approach to the Bays Precinct delivers a vibrant precinct that will be a great place to live and a magnet for visitors from across Australia and around the world.
“We look forward to working with Urban Growth NSW, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and other stakeholders to achieve the best outcome for Sydney and the best outcome for the visitor economy.”