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Forget the Opera House – redeveloped Sydney Fish Market to become city’s top tourist drawcard

Forget the Opera House – redeveloped Sydney Fish Market is tipped to become city’s biggest tourist drawcard as work begins on $750M project


The redeveloped Sydney Fish Market will become a tourist drawcard to rival the Opera House according to NSW Premier Dominic Perrotet as he launched the start of the $750 million overhaul on Tuesday.

Mr Perrotet said the current site was already a ‘wonderful tourist attraction’ but that the run-down surrounds of the market in inner-city Pyrmont was ‘sad’ and requires rejuvenation. 

‘It needs a facelift and we’ve been saying this for a long time. It’s sad here,’ Mr Perrottet said.

An artist’s impression of the exterior of the redeveloped Sydney Fish Market, a $750 million project designed to revitalize the surrounding area at Pyrmont.

The government hopes the post-lockdown project will bolster the fragile state economy in the post-lockdown ear, by creating 700 jobs during construction as well as another 700 on completion, while putting hundreds of millions of dollars into the bank accounts of suppliers.

The project will deliver 6000 square metres of public space and improve pedestrian and cycling links to the precinct.

An artist's impression of the interior of the redeveloped market, which the government expects will become a tourist drawcard to rival the Opera House.

An artist’s impression of the interior of the redeveloped market, which the government expects will become a tourist drawcard to rival the Opera House.

Multiplex is in charge of the four-storey building being constructed over Blackwattle Bay at Pyrmont.

Construction has begun with the piling of foundations to support the building, which will jut out over Blackwattle Bay, with a basement underneath the water.

Infrastructure Minister Stuart Ayres says the “iconic building” will draw people from all around the world.

More contentious was the proposed construction of three high-rise apartment towers near the precinct that were revealed in July.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrotet launched the start of the redevelopment on Tuesday and said decisions on whether to construct high-rise apartments in the precinct were yet to be taken.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrotet launched the start of the redevelopment on Tuesday and said decisions on whether to construct high-rise apartments in the precinct were yet to be taken.

Mr Perrottet said ‘no decisions have been made’ on whether to go ahead with them.

He said more housing was badly needed in Sydney where current housing stock is becoming out of reach of most people, but also said that developments need to match the character of the area.

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