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What’s the Plan? The Bays Precinct panel

  • New Law Lecture Theatre 101 Eastern Ave Camperdown, NSW, 2050 Australia (map)

The Hon. Craig Knowles, President Planning Research Centre in conversation with panelists CEO Urban Growth David Pitchford, Dr Kate Shaw University of Melbourne, Associate Professor Kurt Iveson University of Sydney, Neil Macindoe Community member and Angus Dawson, Dawson James P/L

The panellists attracted a crowd keen to hear What's the Plan? for the Bays Precinct, ahead of the International Summit scheduled in November.

Debate ranged across the possibilities for preserving a working harbour, providing affordable housing and looking to cities like Hamburg, Copenhagen and Berlin for inspiration (rather than a 'waterfront spectacular' high and big formula, like Melbourne Docklands). Barangaroo was cited as the source of negative perceptions of the Bays Precinct process.

From this discussion emerged some consensus; handing the precinct over to a single developer is a bad idea - it should be broken up and developed in smaller sections; the planning consent role should not rest with the development authority and "We don't have to rush".

The audience voted on key topics throughout the conversation. Get a summary of the polls from the event here 

The polls showed some people like to be scared by the waterfront, an interesting finding from the audience on the evening.

The full report from the event is here