By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 26 May, 2014

Media Release: 26 May 2014




NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Planning Minister Pru Goward today welcomed approval for the first three stages of the $1 billion-plus plan to revitalise the southern end of Darling Harbour into a new city neighbourhood, Darling Square.


The Minister announced that approval has been given for the construction of:

– Three towers (ranging from eight to 40 storeys high), above a five-storey podium, comprising 538 residential apartments, 1,870m2 of non-residential floorspace, 399 residential car parking spaces and improvements to public spaces

– A 20 storey building comprising 227 student accommodation apartments (72 cluster apartments and 155 studio apartments), a manager’s apartment and communal areas

– An 8-12 storey mixed-use development with ground floor retail, more than 22,000m2 of commercial office space and a 400 space public car park and 75 motorcycle spaces.


“These projects will transform this part of inner Sydney into a vital and vibrant residential and business community within a few minutes’ walk of the CBD and the colourful and exciting attractions of Chinatown and Darling Harbour,” Mr Stoner said.


“With the redevelopment of the convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities next door and the ongoing work taking place at Barangaroo, this area of the city is driving huge economic investment in NSW and will result in a complete reconfiguration of the western flank of the CBD.


“The new neighbourhood at the southern end of the Darling Harbour redevelopment site will create around 2,100 new jobs during construction, with spaces for new small businesses and ongoing employment opportunities for more than 2,000 people.”


Ms Goward said the Department of Planning & Environment approved the overall concept plan for the city neighbourhood late last year and today’s announcement represents the first approvals for the staged construction of the precinct.


“The Department has carried out comprehensive merit assessments of the three projects and consulted widely with stakeholders and the community about the proposals,” Ms Goward said.


“Public submissions made during the exhibition of the three proposals had identified several key issues, including access and parking. The Department’s assessment reports concluded that these impacts are acceptable and can be managed using approval conditions.”



Further information on the three proposals can be found at:


Media contact: Ben Shine 0431 096 596 (Stoner) / Nick Tyrrell 0467 733 876 (Goward)

Source: Office of the Deputy Premier Trade and Investment | Tourism and Major Events | Small Business