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Darling Harbour to improve appeal

Regeneration work for the Haymarket and Darling Harbour area in the centre of Sydney is expected to attract even more people to the area.

People on Australia tours in Sydney will soon be able to see a completely revamped Haymarket and Darling Harbour, with regeneration plans including the creation of bicycle trails, gardens, greenery and new seated areas.

The work is set to be completed by the end of 2014 and is hoped to be ready for the 2015 summer season.

Darling Harbour to attract more holidaymakers

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s executive director for the Harbour Transition Office, Debra Dawson, announced that the main aim of the scheme was to attract more holidaymakers to the area.

She added, “Darling Harbour is always going to be of interest to leisure travellers.”

As part of the scheme the proposed plans are looking at making the area more traditional rather than an obvious area for tourists to stay.

Debra Dawson said, “They (holidaymakers) want to do what the local people do and they want to see where local people hang out.

“We talk about travellers going where the locals want to go – that’s very much our mantra.”

The project will also see a new International Convention Centre being built in Sydney, while the University of Technology for Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum are also central to the project’s plans as they are expected to attract visitors to the area.

The Planning Assessment Commission has also given the green light to plans for the redevelopment of the IMAX Retail and Entertainment Complex at Darling Harbour.

The plans that have been passed now mean that a 20-storey cinema and commercial office tower will be built as part of the regeneration plans.

The entire project is expected to cost in the region of $500 million Australian.

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