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
Statutory authority executives
Key document

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 Rail Yards, White Bay Power Station - forming a significant part of The Bays Precinct Urban Renewal Program, currently in planning by UrbanGrowth NSW - 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 41 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 opened in August 2015.

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 Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet. The Foreshore Authority is a part of the Department of Finance and Services (New South Wales) cluster.


  1. ^ "Sydney Precincts Research". Destination NSW. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  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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