Darling Harbour News November 2015
Once again many of Darling Harbour’s fantastic venues will be hosting events for Melbourne Cup day, with a huge range of special offers at restaurants, bars and cafes around Cockle Bay, Harbourside and Darling Quarter. Visitors can enjoy offers on food and drinks, get dressed up in Melbourne Cup tradition, try their luck at sweepstakes, catch the race action on live broadcasts, and lots more!
To service the many office workers who converge on Darling Harbour restaurants on Cup Day, there will be three TAB mobile units in the precinct. These will be located at Harbourside Amphitheatre, along with a screen for the public to watch the race; Cockle Bay Wharf on the eastern promenade; and at the Village Green, at Darling Quarter.
Be sure to get out and about amongst the action on the big day!
Kids Go Free
The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Darling Harbour Alliance are working closely together to roll out a fantastic new campaign that will bring even more families to the precinct during November.
The Kids Go Free campaign, targeted at families with children under 12 years of age, invites each child to go free when accompanied by a paying adult at entertainment attractions, including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Australian National Maritime Museum.
Many Darling Harbour restaurants and cafes have also come on board with special offers for kids, providing great savings for dining families. With over 50 offers expected, the campaign will run on weekends in November.
The ever-popular Star of the Show Ferris Wheel will also be back for Kids Go Free. Always a draw-card for children and adults alike, this carnival attraction gives riders a lovely view of Darling Harbour and Sydney’s skyline.
Visit darlingharbour.com for more details.
Children’s Playground is readied for summer
Essential maintenance work is also being carried out at Darling Harbour Children’s Playground, to ensure it is in tip-top condition ahead of the busy summer holiday period. At the large slide, a balustrade replaces the handrail, and the slide has been painted. In the water play area, works include painting, pressure cleaning and gardening. All work will be done Monday – Friday, and will be complete by mid November. It’s all part of our plan to reinvigorate public spaces in Darling Harbour.
Once again, Darling Harbour will be home to a celebration of all things Santa, with Santa Fest kicking off on Friday 27 November and running through to Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December.
This month-long program of family-friendly Christmas themed activities will include nightly Christmas carol sing-a-longs and festive outdoor movies under the stars at Santa’s Cinema. A giant Santa sculpture made out of milk crates will delight and amaze, while kids and adults alike will want to hop on board the Santa Express and the Star of the Show Ferris Wheel.
The celebrations wouldn’t be complete at Darling Harbour without stunning Harbourside Fireworks—a special Christmas-themed fireworks show will explode above Cockle Bay on Christmas Eve.
This fun festive event also supports a special cause—volunteers will be on hand each night to collect donations for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which supports seriously ill children and their families.
For all the details, keep an eye on darlingharbour.com.
The movie trailer has been released for the launch of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s new, multi-million dollar experience, Action Stations, which brings its ex-navy submarine and destroyer to life like never before.
The trailer gives a tantalisting glimpse of the new multi-million dollar experience which will see the Museum’s ex-navy submarine and destroyer brought to life like never before.
Action Stations features a dramatic immersive cinematic experience, a new discovery and exploration space and audio-visual encounters that recall sailors’ memories on board the vessels and will give visitors new insight into the inner workings of navy life at sea.
You can view a sneak peek of the cinematic experience that will be available via the Action Stations website and also book tickets in advance and even share your stories if you served on the HMAS Vampire, HMAS Onslow or HMAS Advance.
Museum director Kevin Sumption said “This will be a major new attraction in Sydney, with thousands of families expected to visit each year to learn about the people behind the uniform.”
The striking new building is rapidly taking shape on the museum’s south wharf. And if you were watching the water on 28 October, you may have seen HMAS Vampire being turned around, into her new position adjacent to the new Action Stations building (pictured). It took three tug boats just one hour to reposition her so that her bow now faces the museum.
Actions Stations is scheduled to open on 8 November 2015. For more information visit www.actionstations.sydney.
Banjo passed a thorough health check-up with flying colours before being given the thumbs up to be in the public eye.
“Weighing in at 1.8 kilograms, the nine-month old joey has almost quadrupled in size since his birth, which is optimum for his age,” Caroline Monro, Senior Keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, said. “We’re thrilled to see him officially graduate from our Koala Nursery to our Koala Encounters exhibit.”
The little joey is named after the Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. In a public vote, the name Banjo was the clear favourite, followed by Bluey.
Banjo was born as part of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s dedicated koala breeding program. Koalas are currently listed as vulnerable in the wild. Earlier this year, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo announced a joint koala conservation initiative with the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund, whereby all proceeds collected from donation tins on display in the attraction go towards koala research and protection measures to save them from extinction.
New timbers for part of Pyrmont Bridge
Beneath Pyrmont Bridge, work is underway to replace some of the timbers in ‘pier set three’, the first set of piers on the western side of the bridge that are above the water (pictured above). The first two pier sets are on land.
The work is necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge, and will be done on only those timbers that must be replaced. The work is being done from the water; from barges moored underneath the bridge. Workers will also build a scaffold platform out and up from the concrete piers.
The majority of the work will be done before Christmas, with some small final steps to be completed early next year.
Pyrmont Bridge is heritage listed and is the oldest surviving electrically operated swing-span bridge in the world. To conserve the bridge, each of its 8,000 structural components is inspected every year. To more efficiently and cost-effectively manage this inspection process and the maintenance of the bridge, each component has been digitally mapped using a 3D Building Information Modelling system. This allowed SHFA to identify the maintenance work that needs to be done in the coming years and to develop a schedule for that work.
And, by documenting each step of the essential maintenance work that is being done now, we will help to make future maintenance work on the bridge as efficient as possible.
Featuring interviews with the NSW Premier, the Minister for Trade, Investment and Major Events and others, the film invites viewers to experience the world class features, design and capacity of Australia’s first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment destination.
Work on ICC Sydney and the public domain is moving ahead quickly. By the end of 2016, the hoardings will come down and the people of Sydney will get to experience this world-class venue with its exciting retail outlets and great public spaces. A number of ‘commissioning’ or test events are being held from September next year.
Soon, work will start on the façade of the convention building, along with the steel work erection for the grand ballroom. On the eastern side of the building, concrete has been poured for the floor of the event deck and the meeting room pods are taking shape.
ICC Sydney Theatre is also moving along at a fast pace, with work on the metal cladding for the facade, the roof and the remaining sections of the tiered seating structure. Next, the focus will be on building the car park on the western side of the site.
In the public spaces, the first new trees have been planted outside the Chinese Garden of Friendship. When in bloom, the Crepe Myrtles will add a beautiful burst of colour to the area. These trees are native to the Guangdong Province in China, the home of Sydney’s sister city Guangzhou.
Tumbalong Park to reopen next month
A large part of the newly improved Tumbalong Park will open in December 2015 for visitors to enjoy during the busy holiday season. The park will be returned to the public – with new turf, new pedestrian walkways and the return of Fred the Fig. Work on a small portion of the park closest to the ICC Sydney buildings will continue, and be delivered along with the rest of the public space in September 2016. The stage will also be under construction – and will be handed back in 2016.
In addition to ICC Sydney and reinvigorated public spaces, work at Darling Square continues with construction now commenced on the first residential and commercial buildings. Over at the ICC Sydney Hotel site, progress continues with concrete structural work well underway.
In recognition of changes in technology, the large decline in the use of fax machines and to use our resources more efficiently, agencies in the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, including SHFA, will no longer be using fax machines from the new year.
There are many ways you can stay in contact with us, refer to the contacts listed at the bottom of this newsletter. For more information about these changes you can also contact Cathy Levins-Byres, Strategic Stakeholder Relations Manager – Darling Harbour on 02 9240 8818 or Cathy.Levins-Byres@shfa.nsw.gov.au.
Culture Beats brings a diverse array of free cultural festivals to Darling Harbour throughout the year.
Matsuri in Sydney comes to Darling Harbour on Saturday 7 November, a Japanese festival held every year to celebrate Japanese culture and cross cultural friendship.
Matsuri was founded in 2006 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Japan and Australia’s friendship. Since then, Sydney’s Japanese community has been working hard to host a traditional style Matsuri, making this event a summer staple for Sydneysiders.
Picture actors twirling red umbrellas on a stage and elegant, kimono-clad ladies demurely pouring cups of tea in tranquil cherry-blossomed temples. It is a summer festival with folk music and dance, taiko drumming, and karate and sumo demonstrations.
Visit darlingharbour.com for more information.
New Year’s Eve, 31 December
The Authority plays an integral role in delivering the world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney harbour. It also manages eight of the 12 vantage points for fireworks in the CBD, in particular, security, crowd management and communication support. In Darling Harbour, SHFA produces and manages the fireworks and evening entertainment.
Australia Day, 26 January
Darling Harbour’s Australia Day celebrations have two main elements: the daytime entertainment program and the evening Australia Day Spectacular. For 2016, the daytime entertainment will profile Australia’s cultural diversity. In the evening, the Australia Day Spectacular will showcase a dazzling extravaganza of performance, music and light, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.
Last update: Monday 02 November 2015