Baranga­roo or ‘The Greedy Mile'

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Baranga­roo is a 22-hectare water­front site to the west of Sydney’s CBD. It be­came avail­able for de­vel­op­ment af­ter the ship­ping op­er­a­tions were moved to Port Botany in the 1990s. It is owned by the state gov­ern­ment, and has come to il­lus­trate the is­sues of busi­ness and devel­op­ers fight­ing for con­trol of the de­vel­op­ment.

In 2005 a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion was launched for the site. The win­ning de­sign had a har­bour-side park along the en­tire water­front, 233,000 m2 of com­mer­cial space and 35,000m2 for a ho­tel. The tallest build­ing was 92 me­tres.

But the de­sign was jet­ti­soned, and un­der the aus­pices of the Baranga­roo De­liv­ery Au­thor­ity (note the name) that was es­tab­lished in 2009, the pro­posed floorspace has al­most dou­bled, the water­front park has shrunk to a 6-hectare site at the head­land, and build­ings of 275, 250, 210, 168, 178, 217 and 107 me­tres in height are pro­posed, or are be­ing, built.

And there is a con­tro­ver­sial new casino.

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