Looking over Barangaroo SouthBarangaroo is the last industrial habourside location in the Sydney CBD to be redeveloped, with final approvals subject to statutory planning processes and community input. The 22 hectares of Barangaroo is made up of Barangaroo South, a business, tourism, residential and retail precinct; Barangaroo Central, a large civic space with a variety of uses including medium-rise civic, residential and commercial buildings; and Headland Park, a waterfront park for the community to enjoy. Barangaroo’s declared aim is to be one of the world’s first climate-positive CBD precincts. It is intended that it will return more clean water to the environment than it uses, create zero waste and achieve carbon neutrality by generating more renewable energy than is needed to power the site. Barangaroo will have connections with neighbouring precincts including Millers Point, Walsh Bay, King Street Wharf and the Sydney CBD. All of the water’s edge will remain accessible to the public, including the Foreshore Walk around the site which has dedicated pathways for walking, jogging and cycling.
The development is highly controversial with claims that the current proposal bears little resemblance to the design that won the initial international design competition. The proposed hotel over the harbour has caused a furore and, apparently, things are back on hold. Sydney has a history of doing this kind of development very badly and it doesn't look like this one will be any different.
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