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As our cities decarbonise and our precincts are activated to work around the clock, Sydney is a hub of rejuvenation and innovation. 

White Bay Power Station and YCK Laneways are two sites that are redefining how we create places for people and the planet. 

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to tour these two exciting and rejuvenated precincts. 

Tickets can be purchased in addition to your registration to the Future Cities Summit. Site tour ticket links will be emailed in your registration confirmation email.

Please note that spaces are limited. 

Site Tour 1: White Bay Power Station

Tuesday 26 March
10:00am – 11:30am

🎫 Members – $100  🎫 Non-Members  – $150

The NSW State Heritage-listed White Bay Power Station will soon bring new energy to Sydney and Australia as it opens its doors to the public for the 2024 Biennale of Sydney.

Placemaking NSW has undertaken extensive remediation and conservation works to repurpose the site as an arts, cultural and community hub.

White Bay Power Station will become a focal point for the transformation of the Bays West precinct into a connected and vibrant new area for living, working and recreation.

White Bay is part of the Balmain Peninsula in the Inner West of Sydney and is one of the most recognised landmarks in the precinct and includes surrounding lands to the White Bay foreshore.

White Bay Power Station was constructed between 1912 and 1917 to power the rail network and is now over 100 years old. The power station is exceptionally significant as the only one retaining machinery and equipment from before the 1950s, demonstrating the process of electricity production and it’s use throughout Sydney’s extensive rail network.

The stretch of Country now known as Bays West has been known for millennia as Gari Gurad/Nura (Saltwater Country) and Nattai Gurad/Nura (Freshwater Country). This Country is celebrated for vast expanses of garaban (rock and sandstone) which in some places provides shelter, gibbaragunya (stone/cave shelters), and in other places creates yiningmah (steep cliffs).

Site Tour 2: YCK Laneways

Tuesday 26 March
3:30pm – 5:00pm

🎫 Members – $100  🎫 Non-Members  – $150

The office of the 24-hour Economy Commissioner launched the inaugural Uptown Program in late 2022 to empower independent business collectives across Greater Sydney. 

This program is a key element of the 24-Hour Economy Strategy, encouraging place-based collaboration, branding and storytelling within districts, and providing a platform for them to innovate with reduced risk and the intention to become self-sustainable in the future.

YCK Laneways Precinct is set across a multi-block footprint on York, Clarence and Kent Streets in the Sydney CBD, this collection of 18 venues, including independent bars, restaurants and boutique accommodation, was one of the first collaborative business collectives of its type to emerge in Sydney’s hospitality sector. YCK Laneways is now at the heart of Australia’s first Purple Flag District, a globally-recognised accreditation for world-class nightlife. The example of YCK Laneways has become a pathfinder for similar business collectives across Greater Sydney.

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