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Protest group to challenge Barangaroo proposal

February 22, 2010

NIMBY action group to oppose Lend Lease’s $6 billion proposal, designed by Richard Rogers.

Residents in Sydney’s Pyrmont neighbourhood have formed a protest group to oppose the Lend Lease development scheme chosen for the controversial Barangaroo site in Sydney Harbour.

The protest group, called the Barangaroo Action Group, has appointed an executive, raised $10,000 and is planning to leaflet residents in Pyrmont, the City and King Street Wharf, the _Sydney Morning Herald_ reports.

The group plan to attend the meeting being held on Tuesday evening by Lead Architect Richard Rogers, former Prime Minister and Chair of the Barangaroo Design Excellence Review Panel Paul Keating, Architect Ivan Harbour from Richards Stirk Harbour + Partners, and a panel of designers, advisors and executives from Lend Lease.

Chairman of the group, Dr Ian Campbell, says the development has grown to an estimated 500,000 square metres. He said that some of the buildings exceed recommended height limits for the Sydney Wharf area by up to 19 metres, meaning he and other residents “won’t get sun [until] 10am,” the _SMH_ reports.

However, he insists the group was formed to oppose the NSW Government’s planning process rather than serve personal interests.

The Lend Lease and Rogers scheme, which won the bid to transform the former industrial site on the harbour in December 2009, features a fan of buildings and a natural, landscaped headland.

The proposal involves removing the remnants of the site’s industrial past, with Rogers saying the buildings, the open civic spaces and the promenade “will all form a new landmark for the city”.

The Barangaroo Presentation takes place at the City Recital Hall from 7pm on Tuesday 23 February. ["Event information":http://australiandesignreview.com/events/15512-Barangaroo-Presentation]
["Sydney Morning Herald":http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/barangaroo-project-way-too-big-say-protesters-20100221-onz8.html] story

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