Barangaroo Point: New Harbourside Park officially named
NSW Premier Mike Baird today officially named Barangaroo Point – the new headland park at Barangaroo.
The six hectare headland park restores the naturalistic pre-1836 shoreline of Port Jackson, and will become a stunning new spot for Sydneysiders and visitors to soak up Sydney Harbour.
“For decades, this spectacular edge of Sydney Harbour has been inaccessible to the public,” Mr Baird said.
“By the middle of next year Barangaroo Point will be returned to the people of Sydney and quickly become one of the most popular destinations on the world’s best harbour.
“Coupled with Bennelong Point on the other side of the Harbour Bridge, naming this park Barangaroo Point ensures this husband and wife of Sydney’s indigenous history, after which they’re named, are linked on Sydney Harbour forever.”
Mr Baird was joined at the announcement by former Prime Minister Paul Keating and praised his passion for Barangaroo Point.
“Paul Keating championed this vision for Barangaroo Point and I’m delighted to join him today to witness the remarkable transformation from a disused shipping container yard into a stunning green headland.”
Mr Baird today also announced the public would help choose the first four locations within Barangaroo to be given names.
The sites are a pontoon in the northern cove, a major street, the main pedestrian thoroughfare from Wynyard Walk and a public gathering place.
“I’m delighted to throw open the naming of these first locations within Barangaroo to the public as this precinct will be theirs to enjoy,” Mr Baird said.
“This massive revitalisation project is taking shape, transforming the western edge of our CBD - naming these locations will really start to bring Barangaroo to life.”
The shortlisted names reflect Sydney’s maritime past, notable Sydneysiders and early commercial uses of the land. A number of future locations will be given indigenous names in keeping with the cultural and historical importance of Barangaroo.
The public can vote for their selections at www.barangaroo.com/naming
Barangaroo Point key facts and figures:
- Total size: 5.7 hectares
- Sandstone: 10, 000 individually crafted blocks
- Plants: 75,000 Sydney natives
- Fill: 185,000m3 of general fill that was recycled from the site
- Jobs: 320 at the peak of construction (Headland Park)