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8.6.17 Op Ed by Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Director David Borger

If you listen to the commentary about our fair city, you could be forgiven for thinking Sydney and Western Sydney are two worlds.


It is true people living in Western Sydney are further away from some of the bright lights, the action and the jobs than our inner-city counterparts.

But here’s the thing — we all live in one city, we all breathe the same air and we are all in this together.

A strong Western Sydney economy means a strong Sydney economy and we need to strive to achieve this collectively.

Western Sydney residents do not need to be saved.They are happy; they are living proud lives and are working hard getting on with their own version of the Great Australian Dream.

We are pleased political parties are drawing attention to the region.

We have seen a string of game-changing projects unleashed on Western Sydney — the Parramatta Light Rail, an impressive new cultural museum, new downtown university buildings, world-class stadiums and the new Western Sydney Airport.

While all these projects are welcomed and encouraged, there is still a missing piece to the puzzle.

Western Sydney is playing catch up with public transport infrastructure, which is why the Metro West rail project is vital for the region.

It wasn’t long ago, perhaps about 10 years back, when you could get a peak-hour seat on a city-bound train.

This has changed: trains are packed and commuters now find themselves standing for the entire trip.

We are expecting an additional 420,000 people to move into the corridor between Greater Parramatta and Central Sydney in the next 20 years.

The Australian Infrastructure Audit projects passenger demand on the Western Line will increase by 50 per cent between 2011 and 2031.

Further, the Western Line, which is more than a 100 years old, is already the most congested line in the country and if we do not act now, we will end up like the commuters in Japan where they are manhandled onto trains by train conductors in white gloves.

The NSW government’s intention is to construct this nation-building project in the mid-2020s but the reality is, we need it sooner rather than later.

Metro West would help carry about 40,000 passengers an hour, doubling the existing rail capacity between Sydney CBD and Parramatta.

The rail connection between the two cities would supercharge jobs growth at Parramatta and would help carry the nearly 300,000 people in Western Sydney, who travel more than 45 minutes to work each day.

We need to fix this problem together before locals ‘up stumps’ and head for the border, where houses are cheaper, cities are less congested and there’s less sense of ‘us and them’.

It is time to act and build a project as bold as the Harbour Bridge.The West Metro between the city and Parramatta will rejoin the East with West.

It will bring us closer, help investment and help create jobs closer to home.We need to make this project a reality and transform this city into a great one.

This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph, June 8, 2017

12.1.17 Ferry hub on its way


Barangaroo Ferry Hub is one step closer to completion with the instalment of the first roof.
The 33 x 13-metre structure, which will provide cover for customers as they move between the floating pontoons and the foreshore, was shipped across the harbour by barge from White Bay and then installed by crane.
The ferry hub’s two pontoons, with their roofs attached, are expected to be floated across from White Bay to Barangaroo in late February.
Barangaroo Ferry Hub will provide two new wharves for customers travelling to and from the inner harbour and Sydney’s west, and feature accessible pontoons, seated waiting areas and weather protection.
Customers can now connect easily between Barangaroo and the CBD via the new Wynyard Walk pedestrian link.
Completion of Barangaroo Ferry Hub is expected by March.

Celebrate Australia Day 2017

On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate our national day. True to tradition, Australia Day 2017 in Sydney will deliver plenty of lively events and great activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Much of the action of Australia Day takes place on and around Sydney Harbour. 

  • The WugulOra Indigenous Morning Ceremony marks the official start and honours the traditional land owners with the raising of the Aboriginal and Australian flags on the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 8am.
  • Another harbour highlight is the Ferrython race, one of Australia’s most famous free Australia Day events. Watch as the ferries venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island and then back to finish under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For the first time ever, visitors can participate in the Ferrython by booking a place as a passenger on one of the ferries. Tickets start at $120 and include morning tea on arrival, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a lunch box. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • The Salute to Australia ceremony is a 21-gun salute fired from Bradfield Park and received by the Governor of New South Wales on board HMAS Canberra. Tina Arena will then sing the national anthem at 12.00pm. Everyone is asked to join in no matter where they are in Sydney.
Click here to see more Australia Day events. 

Sydey Festival fun - 7 to 29 January

Sydney Festival is back and better than ever this year with an impressive line-up that will ensure all ages are entertained this month.
The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque, cheeky cabaret and Canadian circus, to high energy jazz, indie rock and Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. Sydney Festival's 2017 program presents over 450 performances and 150 events performed by more than 1000 artists at more than 46 venues across theatre, dance, music, circus and art. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live.
Symphony Under The Stars will be held in both The Domain and The Crescent at Parramatta Park. Throughout January the Meriton Festival Village is home to a Spiegeltent and the brand new outdoor Village Stage presented by China Southern Airlines, with a captivating program of burlesque and music which makes the most of the summer nights in the atmospheric setting of Hyde Park.
Click here for more details and for tickets.

10.1.17 Construction of Sydney Metro tunnels starts this year

Construction starts this year on new Sydney Metro tunnels which will run under Sydney Harbour and the CBD with the green light given for the project to proceed.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance welcomed planning approval for stage 2 of Sydney Metro, which starts at Chatswood, and travels beneath Sydney Harbour, through the CBD to Sydenham and on to Bankstown.
The approval is for the Chatswood to Sydenham section of the project.
Construction sites will be established in the Sydney CBD this year. By the end of 2018, the first of five tunnel boring machines will be in the ground carving out new twin tunnels.
Sydney Metro will have ultimate capacity of a new metro train every two minutes in each direction under the Sydney CBD and 31 metro stations from Rouse Hill to Bankstown – a 66km new railway for tomorrow’s Sydney.
Planning approval includes:

  •  Delivering 16.5km of new metro rail between Chatswood and Sydenham, including 15.5km of new twin railway tunnels under Sydney harbour and the Sydney CBD
  • Seven new metro railway stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross (North Sydney), Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt St, Central (new underground platforms), and Waterloo

Among the conditions imposed with the approval is that greenhouse emissions by electricity consumed by the metro’s operation must be fully offset.
Two consortia are competing to build the new twin tunnels, with the contract expected to be awarded around the middle of this year.
More than 300 submissions were received during six weeks of public consultation last year on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Chatswood to Sydenham section.
Public feedback has helped refine the delivery of Sydney Metro, with local input driving changes that include using barges on Sydney Harbour to move tunnel boring machine parts from the north of the harbour and to take crushed rock from the Barangaroo Station site, reducing impacts on roads and traffic.
A future underground pedestrian link from Martin Place Station to O’Connell Street will be safeguarded, further improving pedestrian access and any rock-breaking work that uses heavy construction equipment will only take place during standard construction hours, with the exception of Central Station.  
The planning process for the conversion and upgrade of the Bankstown Line to metro standards will start this year. 

Inner West Light Rail temporary closure until January 23

Buses will continue to temporarily replace Inner West Light Rail services between Central and The Star until 23 January 2017.
The closure of the Inner West Light Rail line between Central and Convention will accommodate essential CBD and South East Light Rail intersection work at Hay and George streets.
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said crews were taking advantage of the quieter summer period to undertake utility work in preparation to build the new intersection where the CBD and South East Light Rail will cross the Inner West Light Rail.
“A select-stops replacement bus service will service Central, Paddy's Market, Convention and The Star light rail stops,” Ms Prendergast said.
“While we will have customer assistance on the ground, we encourage customers to check signs and stops, and allow extra travel time.
“Conducting this work during the holiday period is vital to ensure we aren’t putting too much strain on the network and are minimising the impact to thousands of customers who use the light rail each day.
“We urge all transport and road users and pedestrians to be aware of the changes, to allow extra travel time and to plan their journey ahead.
“We are also pleased we are able to support the Haymarket community by ensuring the light rail is back up and running in time for Chinese New Year and have partnered with the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and City of Sydney for a Chinese New Year lantern installation in Dixon Street.”

Light rail construction works in January/February 2017

Construction crews for the CBD and South East Light Rail are taking advantage of the quieter holiday period with an increase of work expected in the northern end of the CBD. 
Essential intersection works are underway throughout January for light rail construction including at Bridge and Grosvenor streets and Hay and George streets in the CBD.
George Street remains closed in both directions between Hunter and Alfred streets with alternate driving routes in place to access The Rocks.
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said with less commuters and drivers accessing the city during summer, the time was right to get on with vital intersection and utility work.  
“We know building light rail down one of the city’s oldest streets has and will continue to be challenging so it’s important we use this low traffic period to do as much work as possible,” Ms Prendergast said.
“Between Circular Quay and Bridge Street on George Street, work will ramp up in the next three months, with kerb to kerb utility and drainage work to take place so that tracks can be installed by Easter.
“As always, our priority is to keep Sydney moving while construction continues.
“For those coming into the CBD we strongly recommend they use public transport and plan their journey ahead as there will be several changes and associated delays.”

January 2017


During low tides on the upper Parramatta River some ferry services between Parramatta and Rydalmere will be operated by buses.
Click here to find out the Parramatta Ferry low tide replacement bus times and schedules for this month. 

9.1.17 - Free WiFi on Sydney buses

Sydney bus customers are set to start receiving free Wi-Fi on their ride as a trial of 50 buses with the new technology hitting the streets in time for the 2017 commute.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance welcomed the trial on some State Transit Authority buses and said it was exciting to see another example of how public transport could be enhanced with technology.
“So many people rely on being connected to their smartphone, often using the time of their commute to catch up on news, emails and social media – so it is pleasing to see these types of trials underway,” Mr Constance said.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience across all public transport services, particularly when it comes to providing reliability and convenience.
“This trial will help us understand how reliable the technology is and how our customers would use it.”
The ‘CATCH’ technology being used in the trial has been developed by APN Outdoor and will appeal to customers by providing free Wi-Fi, easy access to travel information, news, sport, weather and entertainment.
“Customers who ride a bus that is participating in the trial are prompted to download a free and simple app which allows them to quickly and easily web-surf the bus ride away,” Mr Constance said.
“I am looking forward to seeing the results of the trail and the feedback from customers.”
The buses will also be installed with larger digital screens that will continue to broadcast operational messaging and CCTV footage and for the first time will include news and some advertising.
If the trial is successful, APN Outdoor say up to 1000 buses across the City could be fitted with the technology by the end of the year.
Customers can provide their feedback on the system at or phone 131500.

21.12.16 - A handy guide on how to get home on New Year's Eve 2016

Will you be out and about this New Year's Eve? Here's some tips from Transport for NSW on how to get home safely.
Click here for a handy guide.

08.07.16 - Close of register for Business Rolls on July 14

2016 City of Sydney Local Government election 
Ahead of the City of Sydney Local Government election on 10 September 2016, owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable property in the City of Sydney area are required to register for the non-residential register and rolls.
This is your final reminder to be on the register and be eligible to vote at the 2016 City of Sydney Local Government election.
Please visit the City of Sydney website to check for things you can do to ensure you are included on the register for the 2016 election. These include:
·         Provide your details to the City 
·         Check your eligibility
·         Update your details
·         Chat directly to the City of Sydney staff
Please click here for further details.

17.05.16 - Strength in Numbers: Sydney Tops International Rankings


New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith, today announced that Sydney has ranked 1st in Australia, 7th in Asia Pacific and 25th in the world as a business events destination. 

“It’s an astounding result to host so many meetings that Sydney has maintained its ranking with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA),” said Minister Ayres. “Given our convention centre has been a construction site since 2014, these results are a testament to the ingenuity of the city’s businesses and ability to deliver collaborative solutions.” 

Minister Ayres said BESydney has kept Sydney’s doors open for business fostering collaboration across the city to host these large-scale, strategic conferences in Sydney.  

At the same time as hosting events, BESydney has been busy securing business for the future. Ms Lewis-Smith confirmed BESydney has secured an enviable list of international events for the State ahead of International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) opening in December 2016.

“We are proud of our global rankings. We are also extremely proud of how the events we have secured strategically align with NSW strengths, and the impact these will have on industry and community both locally and globally. The NSW Government’s $1.5 billion investment in a new centre for global meetings in the heart of Sydney is a catalyst for broad legacies including trade, investment, knowledge creation and more.   

“We’ve secured events across some of the most cutting-edge fields in the world to help unlock exciting jobs of the future in Fintech, cloud computing, start-ups, intellectual property, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and more. This includes the major cloud computing event Openstack 2017 announced last week, the world’s biggest annual robotics event RoboCup 2019, and the 2021 FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics.”

BESydney has secured events worth more than $420 million in direct expenditure to the State up to 2023, including more than 30 events worth in excess of $220 million to be hosted at ICC Sydney.

For further information please visit:

26.04.16 - Light rail construction and investigation works in the CBD (day and night time work) continues from 1 May to 31 July 2016

Work taking place in this period includes work within four existing construction zones, works at George Street intersections, and investigation works along the alignment.
This notification here is for work in the CBD from 1 May 2016 to 31 July 2016. 

21.04.16 - Meadowbank Wharf to close temporarily to complete upgrade work


Transport for NSW today announced Meadowbank Wharf will be undergoing important upgrade works in May to make transport journeys easier and more efficient for all customers.

The wharf is scheduled to be temporarily closed between Thursday 5 and Wednesday 25 May to allow upgrade work to be carried out safely.

“The NSW Government has committed a significant investment to upgrading public transport infrastructure for commuters,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“Once complete, customers will benefit from an upgraded waiting area and wharf entrance as well as new bus shelters, and a newly fitted out wharf.

“These improvements will make the wharf more accessible and enhance the overall customer experience.

“We thank the community for their feedback and will be doing everything to deliver this major upgrade as quickly as possible with minimal inconvenience.”

During the temporary closure, alternative transport arrangements will be available and customers can continue to use train services running from Meadowbank Station – an eight minute walk from Meadowbank Wharf. The 513 bus service on Victoria Road is also available for those travelling towards the city and Parramatta, or to train services at West Ryde Station.

The Meadowbank Wharf upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, which provides modern, secure and accessible transport infrastructure across NSW.

Customers should plan their trip at or call 131 500 and allow extra time for their journey during the upgrade. For more information about the project, please contact the wharf upgrade project team on 1800 770 973 or email

23.02.16 - Next George Street road closure 18 days away

Important traffic information is now available ahead of the next George Street lane closures between Alfred and Grosvenor streets. Changes begin on Friday 11 March.

There will be a number of traffic changes near The Rocks:

  • George Street will be closed to southbound traffic from Alfred Street to Grosvenor Street from 11 March 2016 to December 2016.
  • A single northbound lane will be open to general traffic from Alfred Street to Grosvenor Street to allow access into The Rocks.
  • No westbound traffic permitted on Alfred Street from Pitt Street to George Street. Buses, coaches and taxis excepted.
 For further information including a map of the traffic changes, please visit:

Free 45 minute information session
Drop into a Travel Choices briefing session, for the latest update on the changes to the transport network and get advice on how to get your business prepared.
  • Wednesday 24 February, 8-8.45am The Porter, 1 O'Connell Street
  • Thursday 25 February, 8-8.45am, The Porter, 1 O'Connell Street
  • Thursday 3 March, 12.30-1.15pm, The Porter, 1 O'Connell Street

19.01.16 - ALTRAC Light Rail - Intersection notification


ALTRAC Light Rail will carry out additional utility relocation works at intersections in the northern section of George Street from 22-25 January and 29 January-1 February 2016, please click here for more information.
Work will take place at the following intersections:
  • George Street and King Street
  • George Street and Jamison/Bond Streets (22 to 25 January only)

21.12.15 - Light Rail Construction Takes Advantage of a Quiet CbdConstruction-workers_2.jpg

The light rail construction team in the CBD will use the quiet holiday period to focus on essential work requiring road closures.

CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said there will be continuous road and lane closures from 2 to 11 January and 15 to 18 January, with major utility work taking in George Street, between King and Essex streets.
“Conducting this essential work during the holiday period is vital as it ensures light rail construction impacts are condensed to low traffic periods minimising disruption,” Ms Prendergast said.
“It will also reduce the need for weekend and night work, requiring road closures, later in the construction period.
To read more about the road network changes, click here.

17.12.15 - Holiday road closures coming, as light rail work ramps up

The CBD and South East Light Rail project has announced a number of critical works in the South East over the Christmas/New Year period. Please see following link to read about these changes in more detail.
Up-to-date traffic conditions and road closures can be viewed at and bus customers can plan their journey, including routes that will be diverted to allow for road closures, at
The CBD and South East Light Rail Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), EIS submissions report and Modifications Report can be found on the Sydney Light Rail website:
14.12.15  - Tomorrow's Sydney: Shop and Celebrate in the City

Sydney is still open for business, watch the following video from Transport for NSW:


14.12.15 - Message from Transport for NSW  T4NSW.jpg
Transport For Sydney Visitors        
Public transport is the easy way to explore Sydney
Planning on visiting Sydney or exploring beyond to the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands or Newcastle? It’s all so easy on public transport and all you need is an Opal card.
Opal makes public transport even easier
Opal is a convenient smartcard that you keep, load value and reuse on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Opal is affordable too, whether visiting for a day or staying for a week, with a choice of Adult and Child/Youth Opal cards available offering daily and weekly caps, plus a free travel reward for frequent use.
Adult Opal card                                   
For adults 16 years of age who normally pay full fare     
Child/Youth Opal card
For children 4-15 years of age (or those over 16 years who hold a NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession Card)

Opal benefits
  • Never pay more than $15 a day: Travel all day on trains, buses, ferries and light rail and pay no more than $15 per day for adults and $7.50 a day for children.*
  • Never pay more than $2.50 on Sundays: Fares are capped at $2.50 every Sunday for all Opal customers.*
  • Never pay more than $60 a week: Opal fares are capped each week at $60 for adults and $30 for children.*     
  • Earn free travel each week: After eight paid journeys with Opal, travel for the rest of the week is free.*
  • Save 30% with off-peak train fares: Sleep in, avoid rush hour and save.
 It’s easy to get an Opal card

Pick one up;
  • Over the counter at one of 2,000 Opal card retailers across the Opal network – look for the Opal symbol or visit
  • one of our Transport Customer Service Centres at Central and Circular Quay
  • at one of our Transport shops at Wynyard Station and Railway Square
  • at Visitor Centres at Darling Harbour and The Rocks
  • or by calling 13 67 25 or online at (allow 5-7 days for delivery)
Topping up your card
You can make one-off top ups at;
  • Opal retailers, by cash, debit or credit card
  • Opal top up machines at selected train stations and ferry wharves 
To find a location go to
 See our video
Check out our video at It provides information on the public transport network and Opal.
Plan your trip
Visit for mobile apps and tools to help you plan your trip and make the most of your stay. And remember, keep your Opal card for the next time you visit.
* Opal week runs Monday to Sunday. Excludes Sydney Airport station access fee.

14.12.15 - Light rail works in Surry Hills and Moore Park – Eastern Distributor Bridge


 ALTRAC Light Rail will start preparatory work for the CBD and South East Light Rail Eastern Distributor Bridge which will span South Dowling Street, the Eastern Distributor and part of Moore Park West. These preparatory works will be completed in two phases: safety barrier installation/ vegetation works and foundation piling. Work will take place over a number of days and nights throughout December 2015.
There will be changes to local traffic conditions including some lane closures for stage 1 works. Detour signage and traffic control personnel will be in place to assist motorists.
Please see the following construction notification for more details.

20.11.15 - Sydney Winning in the Australian Event Awards 


ANZ Stadium – in conjunction with the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW – has received three major awards for the delivery and presentation of the football blockbusters that were part of a week-long celebration of sport in Sydney.
ANZ Stadium received trophies for:
  • Australia’s Favourite Event (as chosen by the public) for the Tottenham Hotspur tour of Sydney in late May, including the clash between Spurs and Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium in front of 71,549 fans;
  • Best Sporting Event for the match between English Premier League champions Chelsea FC and Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on 2 June that attracted 83,598 fans – the highest attendance for a football game in NSW since the Men’s Football Final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics;
  • Best Achievement in Marketing & Communications for the Tottenham Hotspur tour of Sydney.
 Owned and managed by Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, was named Australia’s Best Tourism Event for the third consecutive year.
Vivid Sydney had another record-breaking year, welcoming 1.7 million attendees in 2015.
For a full list of winners, please visit the Australian Event awards site here.


P&O Cruises’ Five Ship Spectacular to Make History in Sydney -
A Day of Celebrations on Sydney Harbour
November 25, 2015
Sydney Harbour will be the backdrop for a spectacular day of celebrations on November 25 when P&O Cruises’ entire fleet of five cruise ships come together for the first time.
From dawn to dusk, Sydneysiders will be able to enjoy history in the making as the cruise line celebrates the addition of its two latest ships – Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden – with a series of events.
The day will begin with the cruise line’s five-ship fleet creating a V formation off the coast early in the morning, before the ships sail through the Heads individually from 6.15am until 7.45am. 
Sydneysiders will be able to see the ships from around the foreshore as they sail into the Harbour.
Their arrival will be followed by a stunning dual christening ceremony for Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which will be officially named as they sail either side of Fort Denison just after 8.30am.
In a social media first, the ships’ celebrity godmothers Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ritchie will be on Fort Denison to name Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden respectively via Twitter, with bottles of Champagne breaking on the ships’ bows and daytime fireworks to celebrate the moment.
The five ships will then berth in the Harbour, creating an unprecedented Sydney spectacle set to turn heads all day.
In the afternoon, Pacific Eden will move from White Bay to Neutral Bay, bringing the five ships even closer as 25 different musical acts and 10 DJs perform live across the ships’ top decks.  From 8pm, five top Australian acts will take to the ships’ stages - including Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Stan Walker, Justice Crew and Samantha Jade.
A spectacular arrival deserves a spectacular send off and, come nightfall, Sydneysiders will be able to enjoy a stunning fireworks display to farewell the fleet, with Mrs Macquarie’s Chair providing a key vantage point.
The full schedule for the day is as follows:
5.15 - 6am: P&O ships move into Five Ship Formation outside Sydney Heads
6 - 8.30am: Watch the ships from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair or pick your favourite vantage point and witness history as all five P&O ships cruise into Sydney Harbour
8.30am: Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden are named by godmothers Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ritchie as the ships sail by Fort Denison
9am: Pacific Aria docks at Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
9.30am: Pacific Eden docks at White Bay cruise terminal, Rozelle, later moving to Neutral Bay
4 - 8pm: P&O music extravaganza takes place with 20 live music acts & 10 DJs performing live across five ships during the afternoon and evening
8pm: Five of Australia’s top music acts take to the stage simultaneously:
o    Jessica Mauboy performs onboard Pacific Aria docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal
o    The Veronicas perform onboard Pacific Eden anchored at Neutral Bay
o    Justice Crew perform onboard Pacific Jewel anchored at Athol Bay
o    Stan Walker performs onboard Pacific Dawn anchored east of Garden Island
o    Samantha Jade performs onboard Pacific Pearl anchored off Point Piper
8.45pm: The party continues with fireworks filling the sky above Sydney Harbour and the biggest Bianco White Party at sea with guests on all five ships celebrating the moment.
9 - 10pm: All five ships depart Sydney Harbour

For more details of P&O’s Five Ship Spectacular on November 25 visit
05.11.15 - Is Your Organisation Prepared for a Cbd-Wide Emergency?
There is a new Sydney and North Sydney CBD Evacuation Management Subplan – (SCBDEP) that details the special control and coordination arrangements for an emergency in the Sydney and North Sydney CBD which may involve evacuation of all or part of the CBD’s.  
The plan is available at
To assist businesses,  there is also a new dedicated portal containing information for business leaders, property managers, response teams and risk and audit professionals with all of the information and tools that Sydney and North Sydney businesses need to ‘get prepared‘ and ‘be assured‘ in a CBD-wide emergency.  

If you have any questions about this plan, please call 9032 2222  or email
30.10.15  - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on George Street
CBD Coordinator General Marg Prendergast and City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore today welcomed the Christmas shopping season to George Street, as Dymocks becomes the first to feature in the Transport for NSW George Street pop-up space, bringing to life the construction zone between Market and King streets.
While construction has started on light rail, Sydneysiders can rest assured that George Street is very much open for business, Ms Prendergast said.
“Last night we switched on our spectacular nine-metre Christmas bauble tree and today I am thrilled to launch the Transport for NSW Light Rail Activation Program with the Dymocks Lounge,” Ms Prendergast said.
“With buses and cars gone, this section of the street has taken on a new pedestrian-friendly character and has really come alive.”
Until 27 December, George Street businesses, workers and visitors can expect an exciting program of pop-up retail activity, gift-wrapping, wifi hotspots and events in the heart of the Sydney CBD.
Dymocks will start the eight-week program with the Dymocks Lounge, where CBD users can stop by, read a book and be taken back to their childhood.
The Dymocks Lounge will feature a selection of classic books including Penguin Classics, Capricorn Link Classics and Dr Seuss, which will be available to purchase at Dymocks George Street. More activities are planned from Dymocks in December.
“Running light rail on George Street is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform our city and we need to support local businesses through the construction,” City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Christmas is a very important time of year for our city retailers – we’ve committed $220 million to make sure the street looks good and works well, and we’re working with the state government to support city businesses by attracting people into the city centre.”
Ms Prendergast said the next closure on 3 December of George Street, from Market to Park streets, will provide even more space for pedestrians, and the Transport for NSW Light Rail Activation Program will ramp up further from then.
“We want everyone to know, that while parts of the road are closed for construction, pedestrians are welcomed and encouraged to come down and participate in the activities in the lead-up to Christmas,” Ms Prendergast said.
“More retailers and events will be announced in coming weeks as our Christmas program gets underway and we count the city down to the Boxing Day Sales, when we will close Market Street to allow space for shoppers.”

The Dymocks Lounge will be open during Dymocks George Street trading hours, every day for a week until the next activity takes over on Friday 7 November.

10.10.15 - Keeping Sydney moving: Planning ahead is key
In the next 10 years, an extra 1 million people will call Sydney home. To cope with this extraordinary growth, Sydney’s transport network is undergoing major changes. A series of transport infrastructure projects are underway across greater Sydney with a key focus on the city centre.

Preparing for this change is about staying informed. Please visit to see important key dates that may impact you in the months ahead.

01.10.15 - Important information about changes to loading zones and access in Sydney's CBD
Transport for NSW is working to help drivers and businesses plan ahead to keep Sydney moving. New CBD bus routes, road network improvements and closures along George Street will impact loading zones and kerb spaces across the entire city.

This guide will help keep you informed about the changes and the best ways to maintain business activity. And this dedicated website will keep you informed about the changes and the best ways to maintain business activity.

24.09.15 - Building Sydney’s Transport Future - A Guide for Businesses
An extra one million people will call Sydney home in the next ten years.

To cope with this extraordinary growth, Sydney’s transport network is undergoing major changes.
Please see dedicated guide for business during construction here and refer to the construction timelines, construction schedule, contact details and workshops available for business to support travel during the Light Rail construction.

21.09.15 - Latest Transport Changes in the City 
With significant investment in Sydney’s CBD there will be changes to our transport network from October 2015. This will affect everybody who travels in and out of the CBD.

Businesses are being encouraged to plan ahead and consider how staff and suppliers travelling to and from the CBD can adapt their vehicle travel through the four R’s – Reroute, Remode, Retime or Reduce

Transport for NSW is offering businesses free transport advice through a dedicated business resource called Travel Choices. 
If you are a business employing over 500 members of staff you are entitled to a dedicated specialist travel advisor who will work with you and provide tailored solutions to manage any impacts resulting from the works. Email for further information.

If you have less than 500 employees, register for a free workshop so you can plan ahead and adapt your travel plans as construction work for ‘Tomorrow’s Sydney’ begins. The workshop will provide information on how the projects will affect you, including the construction plan for the CBD Light Rail project, changes to George Street, construction timelines, changes to bus services, route schedules and potential impacts to service and delivery.
By the end of the workshop you will be able to pinpoint how your business will be affected and will have developed a travel action plan to ensure your business is resilient to the changes in our transport network. You will also receive contact details of the Travel Choices’ team to ensure ongoing support as the city changes begin. Register at

17.09.15 - Sydney CBD Work in Progress
The CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) is a major infrastructure project that will transform Sydney. It will provide a fast, reliable public transport service from Circular Quay, through the CBD, to Kingsford and Randwick via Surry Hills, Moore Park and Kensington. The light rail project is part of an integrated transport solution that will improve public transport in the south east, manage future growth, boost urban renewal and reduce congestion in the CBD.
Investigation works continuing in the CBD – 18 September to 20 November 2015 (day and night time work) 
ALTRAC Light Rail will continue to carry out surveys, geotechnical investigations and potholing works in preparation for main construction work. Work at any one location will not be continuous and further information will be provided to potentially affected properties throughout the works. Work may involve localised traffic and pedestrian changes including lane closures. See below for details.

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