The New South Wales Government has announced significant transformations being planned for Circular Quay, thanks to a $216 million investment in the state’s 2022-23 budget. 

Circular Quay has transformation plans with new public green space, new ferry wharves and a potential New York-style highline on part of the Cahill Expressway. 

The funding will enable further design work including planning approvals, an Environmental Impact Statement and community consultation to help get shovel-ready.

New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said the vision for Australia’s most celebrated waterfront would create up to 1,000 jobs during construction and one of the world’s most iconic walks and viewing platforms.

“The scar of the Cahill Expressway splits our amazing city from its best asset and while we cannot get rid of it right now, I’m delighted we can enhance it in the meantime and create one of the world’s truly great walks,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This investment is a critical step in reinvigorating Circular Quay, which will ultimately see millions of tourism dollars flowing back into local businesses as we build our way forward to a brighter economic future for New South Wales.”

New South Wales Treasurer, Matt Kean, said the investment ensures the New South Wales 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,” Mr 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.”

New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes, said the community would be consulted throughout the process.

“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,” Mr 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.”

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