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introducinlyric
post Mar 26 2008, 04:37 PM
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Although the article in the paper was more in depth this does touch on the "plans" to change Sydney's city


Lord Mayor Clover Moore says a "big, bold" and visionary plan to remake the city is about ensuring its future.

"What's driving our plan is sustainability, the economic, the social and cultural sustainability of Sydney, and most importantly the environmental sustainability," she said.

The central idea was the vision of Danish architect Jan Gehl for a pedestrian boulevard the whole length of George Street, through the heart of the city, she said.

"The Jan Gehl vision for a pedestrian boulevard in George St, that links three major squares, one at Central, one at Town Hall and one at Circular Quay is a big, bold vision," Ms Moore told ABC Radio.

She also highlighted the proposal to build above the railway yard at Central Station.

"This could be where a new convention centre and entertainment centre would go, and then you'd move down George St to a new civic square in front of Town Hall and it could be much like Federation Square in Melbourne, a really important meeting place.

"And then further down George St to a wonderful new cultural precinct at Circular Quay linking the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) round past Customs House to the Opera House."

Other plans for Sydney in 2030 include demolishing the Cahill Expressway and burying the Western Distributor.

Ms Moore said in a statement that the plans were a response to statistics gathered by the council showing that 97 per cent of Sydneysiders wanted a greener, more sustainable city that would reduce the city's carbon footprint.

"The people of Sydney have spoken," she said.

"They want a city that is green, global and connected.

"They want a city for people that celebrates Sydney's climate, natural beauty and open spaces, and is easy to move around, whether by public transport, bicycle or walking.

"All Australians have a stake and interest in Sydney and Sustainable Sydney 2030 is about addressing challenges, protecting our best attributes and working for a shared vision for the future."

A City Centre Light Rail Loop has been proposed as part of the plans to connect Circular Quay, Barangaroo (in Darling Harbour) and Central Station. The city's western edges at Darling Harbour would be converted into a waterfront parkland with the removal of the Entertainment and Convention Centres and the burying of the Western Distributor.

Around the city, green transformers would generate electricity with low greenhouse gas emissions, providing hot water and cooling, and potentially converting waste to energy.

An indigenous culture and heritage walk would be developed through the city from Redfern to Darling Harbour.

Ms Moore said Sustainable Sydney 2030 was the most visionary project for Sydney since Martin Place was reclaimed as a public space in 1971 and the Queen Victoria Building was refurbished in 1980.

"It is difficult to now imagine Sydney without these icons, but they all came about as a result of a visionary process just like Sustainable Sydney 2030," she said in her statement.

"The ideas in the plan will not only revitalise the city centre and improve our local villages, they will completely transform how we live, interact and move within the city."


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post Mar 27 2008, 08:13 AM
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So, they are announcing a new "green" design? Do you have proposed drawings of this plan?


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post Mar 27 2008, 08:46 PM
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i do ...i did i'll check and post it here if i still have it. the plans they intend to make will change how sydney is completely and it will cost millions upon millions to actualize but it does look interesting


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post Mar 28 2008, 08:58 AM
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Yeah thanks, I'm really interested in that stuff... I almost took a major in geography in university...


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