The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has announced that it is preparing a planning application seeking to modify the Concept Plan for Barangaroo Central, and on 11 November released an online display of the Central Barangaroo revised MasterPlan framework. (HERE)

After the application is lodged in the next few months, it will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI)
The aim of the new Master Plan is to “ensure that Central is a vibrant, active and accessible part of the wider precinct with welcoming public spaces and a diverse mix of residential, commercial civic and cultural uses.”

Walsh Bay and WBAC are always pleased to welcome newcomers, especially dynamic entrepreneurs like Nathan Kam and co-owner Zenta Staley, who have just opened Hickson’s Wine Bar at 17 Hickson Road, opposite Pier 7.

Both have connections with Firefl,y the previous occupants of this space, but as this is their first business venture and they don’t intend to be influenced by the past, it has just been completely refurbished : “Our philosophy is to bring more energy to one of Sydney’s first waterfront wine bars…. we wanted to utilise the obvious benefits of the space but make it more approachable by providing seasonal sharing plates, paired with a wine list that supports smaller growers who make their own wines.

An action plan to encourage more live music in Sydney has just been released - a “first” for NSW. It aims to create fresh opportunities for musicians and performers and overcome obstacles, addressing issues such as regulatory barriers, the availability of space to rehearse and perform, developing new audiences and providing opportunities for young people to enjoy and play live music.

The Live Music Matters action plan is the work of an 11-member Live Music and Performance Taskforce set up in December 2012 by the City of Sydney to revive Sydney’s live music and performance scene. It follows an exhaustive investigation into why live music and performance is under increasing pressure in Sydney Taskforce chair and Co-Director of the National Live Music Office, John Wardle, said the plan was the most thorough attempt yet made to resolve issues around live music..“A cultural planning policy that addresses both regulation and development of the live music and performance sector has never been undertaken on this level before”.

What if you were becoming obsolete – and weren’t aware of it? That was the question leading trend analyst Michael McQueen put to Chamber and local business representatives at the Lord Mayor Chamber Forum on November 7. 

Michael has spent the past decade tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, and has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front.

In early November Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore asked Council to introduce free 15 minute parking zones for main streets in the City of Sydney before Christmas, with a one –year trial of the scheme from early December

Although free 15 minute parking will cost the City up to one million dollars in lost revenue, the Lord Mayor said that she supported this measure designed to encourage trade for small businesses and shops in pre- Christmas .period. The opinions of 700 residents and 150 small businesses across the City had been sought earlier in the year and they were “overwhelmingly supportive.”

The October launch of the new Museums & Galleries of NSW http://mgnsw.org.au/ website will help residents and tourists
to discover hundreds of museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW.
Visitors can create trip itineraries and share their experiences via social networks. Because the site uses geo-location technology on a mobile-friendly interface, visitors can always find a fascinating cultural experience nearby. 

(Corroboree Sydney photo by Tiffany Parker)

Corroboree Central at Pier 2/3, 15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, is the home and heart of Corroboree Sydney, the new national festival that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture from 14 - 24 November. At Corroboree Central, you can tap into the pulse of Corroboree. The festival's signature events are based here: the Firelight and Firelight Ceremony on opening night; the Black Arts Market and the Corroboree Studio, on the first and last weekends; and Corroboree Club and the Corroboree Cinema that will come to life at night.

The NSW Planning Bill, regarded by some as the most significant reform of the planning system to occur in the past 30 years, failed to pass through parliament on November 28, after extensive amendments were demanded in the Upper House.
The focus on strategic planning, the elevation of economic outcomes in planning principles and the introduction of the “code assessable developments” concept were clear new policy directions in the proposed legislation.