New Projects To Protect Harbour Heritage
Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet today announced the NSW Government will invest $73 million over the next four years in projects to protect and enhance heritage assets along the Sydney Harbour foreshore.
The projects include a $23 million renewal of the heritage-listed Pyrmont Bridge, $15 million to replace ageing ferry wharves in Cockle Bay, and $20 million for the refurbishment of public spaces at Darling Harbour and Campbells Cove in The Rocks.
Mr Perrottet said the initiative ensures locals and visitors can continue to enjoy Sydney’s iconic foreshore areas today, while also preserving their heritage into the future.
“Our foreshore is the jewel in Sydney’s crown, and from Darling Harbour, to Barangaroo, to Circular Quay, the NSW Government is working hard to make it shine,” he said.
"Naturally there's a big focus on the major developments underway, but there is also vital work to be done maintaining and preserving heritage assets like the Pyrmont Bridge – which thousands of people cross every day – and that’s why the projects we are announcing today are so important.”
The projects will be funded from the divestment of principally commercial assets deemed not of long-term strategic or historical importance, with the program to be led by the Government’s newly re-badged property agency, Property NSW, which now encompasses all divisions within the Finance Department’s Property and Housing Group.
Mr Perrottet said the foreshore renewal program was part of Property NSW’s broader responsibility for preserving heritage across the state.
"Our heritage buildings and places tell the story of NSW, and that is something we have a responsibility to safeguard and maintain for generations to come," he said.
“With $800 million in heritage assets under its care, Property NSW has a vital role to play in protecting that heritage, and we have made sure it has the skills and expertise within the organisation to excel at that role.”
In addition to the projects announced today, Property NSW is working with the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Greater Sydney Commission on a proposal for The Rocks to be designated as a heritage precinct.
Find more information on the Harbour foreshore renewal projects here.