Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

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Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
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Parts of Circular Quay and The Rocks, administered by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1998 (1998)
Jurisdiction White Bay Power Station, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Luna Park Sydney, Circular Quay, Rozelle Rail Yards in Sydney, New South Wales
Headquarters Level 6, 66 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales
Minister responsible Pru Goward, Minister for Planning, Minister for Women
Statutory authority executives Les Wielinga, Non-Executive Chairman
Catherine Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer
Carolyn McNally, Board Member
Key document Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Act, 1998 (NSW)

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is a statutory authority that owns and manages some of the Government of New South Wales most significant foreshore assets, including Sydney's heritage and cultural precincts at The Rocks and Darling Harbour.

The Foreshore Authority is also place manager for a number of culturally significant sites in Sydney, including Rozelle, New South Wales Rail Yards, White Bay Power Station - forming a significant part of The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program, currently in planning by UrbanGrowth NSW - Callan Park and Ballast Point Park.

The authority was formed in 1998 under the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Act, 1998 (NSW) to consolidate the works and functions of the City West Development Corporation, Darling Harbour Authority and Sydney Cove Authority. The Authority's mandate is to:

  • protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the foreshore area
  • promote, coordinate, manage, undertake and secure the orderly and economic development and use of the foreshore area, including the provision of infrastructure, and
  • promote, coordinate, organise, manage, undertake, secure, provide and conduct cultural, educational, commercial, tourist, recreational, entertainment and transport activities and facilities.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority embraces the concept of place making, supporting tourism and the visitor economy by hosting major events in The Rocks and Darling Harbour each year. Between them, they represent the top two tourist precincts in Sydney[1] and attract around 40 million visitors annually. The Authority also manages significant commercial and retail leases—with a new retail strategy for The Rocks currently being implemented—provides security, cleaning, building maintenance and other facility management services, cares for the public domain and protects over 100 New South Wales State Heritage listed items.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority works collaboratively across New South Wales State and local governments, industry groups and the private sector to deliver urban renewal projects that provide visitor, business and transport experiences worthy of iconic harbour locations. A prime example of this is The Goods Line,[2][3] a pedestrian and cycle network linking Central Station through Ultimo to Darling Harbour, with the first stage due for completion in late 2014.

The Authority has previously been responsible for managing specific areas of foreshore land in Sydney, including Barangaroo (undergoing a major redevelopment, managed by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority) and the Darling Quarter retail and commercial redevelopment at Darling Harbour (managed in part by Lend Lease).

The Authority is administered by a Board that reports to the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Minister for Women, the Honourable Pru Goward MP. The Foreshore Authority is a part of the New South Wales Government’s Planning and Environment cluster.


  1. ^ "Sydney Precincts Research". Destination NSW. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Goods Line". ASPECT Studios. 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Goods Line". CHROFI. 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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