Warrane (Circular Quay) is set to receive a public green space, new ferry wharves and a potential New York-style Highline following a $216 million investment in the NSW Government’s 2022-23 Budget.
The Circular Quay Renewal is part of the state government’s long-term vision, of which the funding will enable further design work including planning approvals, an Environmental Impact Statement and community consultation.
The project will strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a global destination. (Image: NSW Government)
Treasurer Matt Kean said the investment ensures the Government will have all the required planning and design works completed prior to making a final investment decision.
“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,” 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.”
The renewal proposes a redesigned First Fleet Park with grassed areas, native landscaping, water play and space for ceremonies and events. (Image: NSW Government)
This major urban renewal project will invigorate Warrane, creating an exciting new setting for the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The project will also strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a global destination, delivering a world-class visitor and customer experience.
The Circular Quay Renewal proposes new accessible wharves, with expanded customer waiting areas and improved views of the harbour. (Image: NSW Government)
“For too long Circular Quay has not lived up to its potential, but this plan will see Sydney have the front door it deserves and better reflect the spectacular city we live in,” Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said.
“We’re also designing one of the world’s most breathtaking walks and viewing platforms linking the Royal Botanic Gardens to Observatory Park and Stargazer Lawns as part of our vision to create a city within a park.”
The Circular Quay Renewal would create a more dynamic space to enjoy new places to eat, drink and shop along the widened promenade. (Image: NSW Government)
Circular Quay hosts some of Australia’s biggest public events, including Vivid Sydney and the New Year’s Eve fireworks which are watched by over one billion people globally and injects $130 million into the NSW economy.