So is it time for a massive Sydney Olympics? Yes, Sydney 2020.
NSW Labor’s annual conference held yesterday was largely about battling for the future, and our ambitious timelines.
A big issue was the heavy costs associated with a Sydney Olympics, with the government estimating that the cost of bringing the games to the new city would be about $12.9 billion.
But behind the scenes, big plans for major changes to the city were being on the table.
One of the biggest and most contentious ideas is the tram.
While some have questioned the feasibility of the long-range plan, the new transport infrastructure for Sydney would be wholly Sydney-centric.
It would give passengers a first-class public transport experience, and would help us meet our growing urban population, a rapidly ageing city and new competition for major sporting events and tourist attractions.
Community, business and residents in the local area would benefit from this change.
We’ve seen how roads and footpaths have become a lost cause for locals and even tourists in modern Sydney, and we would be determined to preserve and improve them.
Beyond the infrastructure, we’d be looking to build thriving cultural, sporting and entertainment facilities for the Sydney Opera House, Lyric Theatre, Waverley Showground, Port Kembla Railway Station and local Waratah Stadium precinct.
We’d be working with artists, business, culture, local sports groups and residents to ensure that the largest land body in this city is one that is open to the people and not set up as a few private organisations’ playground.
We also wanted to ensure that these venues provide a strong way for artists and concert-goers to connect with the music they love. And make it easier for families to see and hear great live music during the day.
And it is right that we would work to keep the world-class museums of Australia open year-round for the millions of Sydneysiders who come every year.
The experience of exploring our beautiful city should be as rewarding as visiting the beaches, beaches and galleries.
We believe that 10 days a year from now – a Commonwealth Games in our history – will be far more memorable and enjoyable than any national sporting competition can ever be.
We want Sydney 2020 to have lasting and lasting benefits for the people and the economy.
This program will make a major contribution to Sydney’s future, particularly for those already working, living and commuting in the city.
A look at the first 100 years of this nation will tell us that if we continue on the way we are, it will be only a matter of time before we start burying our head in the sand. We’ve got to work to find a way forward.
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