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 Marshalling Yards in Sydney, New South Wales
Headquarters Level 6, 66 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales
Annual budget A$40 million (2010)[1]
Minister responsible Pru Goward, Minister for Planning
Statutory authority executives Dick Persson AM, Non-Executive Chairman
Owen Evans, Non-Executive Director
Carolyn Fletcher, Non-Executive Director
Peter Lowry OAM, Non-Executive Director
Sam Haddad, Director-General, Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Catherine Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer
Parent Statutory authority Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Key document Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Act, 1998 (NSW)

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is a statutory authority of the Government of New South Wales with responsibility for the maintenance of the foreshore surrounding Sydney Harbour, immediately adjacent to the Sydney central business district in Australia.

The authority was established in 1988 via the enabling legislation, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Act, 1998 (NSW).

The daily activities of the authority are led by Catherine Gallagher, its Chief Executive Officer who reports to the government appointed board of the authority, under the direction and leadership of Dick Persson AM, the authority's Non-Executive Chairman. The six member board is ultimately responsible to the Minister for Planning, the Honourable Pru Goward MP. In order to achieve its objectives, the authority works closely with its parent government department, the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, other New South Wales Government agencies, the council of the City of Sydney, and corporate entitites.


The authority maintains 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi)[citation needed] of waterfront real estate in the foreshore area including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Luna Park Sydney, Rozelle Marshalling Yards, The Rocks and White Bay Power Station in Sydney, New South Wales. The Authority is also place manager for a number of culturally significant sites in Sydney, including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Current projects under development by the authority include part of the 60-hectare (150-acre) heritage listed Callan Park site in Lilyfield, a suburb in the Municipality of Leichhardt in the Sydney's Inner West;[2] The Goods Line, a 500-metre (1,600 ft) pedestrian and cycle network from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour;[3][4] and the Bays Precinct, including the freeing up areas in Blackwattle Bay and Rozelle Bay for public access, such as Glebe Island, White Bay, and enhancing access to Sydney Fish Market.[5]

The authority has previously been responsible for managing specific areas of land including Barangaroo (now managed by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority), the urban renewal of the Pyrmont foreshore (now managed by the City of Sydney), the redevelopment of the Darling Quarter precinct, the commercial development of Darling Island, and the preservation of Ballast Point Park in Birchgrove. Where land has been sold or redeveloped by the authority, profits were returned to the NSW Treasury.[1]


  1. ^ a b Besser, Linton (2 September 2010). "Warnings over 'poor controls'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our projects: Callan Park". Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Government of New South Wales. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Goods Line". ASPECT Studios. 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Goods Line". CHROFI. 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our projects: Bays Precinct". Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Government of New South Wales. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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