Central Precinct Renewal Program


Project overview

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is exploring opportunities to revitalise Central Precinct. The aim of the Central Precinct Renewal Program is to create a precinct with a real sense of place, which connects into surrounding neighbourhoods, and draws on the character and heritage of this landmark location.

Key benefits

Central Precinct will provide:

  • a renewed Central Station and improved transport interchange benefits
  • new and enhanced public and community spaces
  • new pedestrian connections across the rail line
  • new space for the jobs of the future in innovation and technology
  • new dining, shopping and entertainment.

Central Precinct Renewal is a major urban renewal program in one of Sydney’s most connected sites. Planning has begun to renew Central Precinct following its nomination as a State Significant Precinct.

Central Precinct provides an exceptional opportunity to expand Sydney’s southern CBD (known as south Central Sydney) and create new place for business and the community by renewing 24 hectares of government-owned land.

It will provide a revitalised transport interchange, building on the existing rail, bus, coach and light rail connections, the new CBD and South East Light Rail and Sydney Metro.

Links across the rail corridor and new public spaces will provide important connections between business, education, health and cultural institutions, fostering collaboration and innovation.

Critical employment space will also be created for the jobs of the future, anchoring the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct.


Central Precinct will be a vibrant and exciting place that unites a world-class transport interchange with innovative businesses and public spaces. It will connect the city at its boundaries, celebrate its heritage and become a centre for the jobs of the future and economic growth.

Nominated State Significant Precinct

The nominated SSP area includes:

  • Central Station and surrounding NSW Government-owned land along the rail corridor
  • Goulburn Street Car Park
  • The land fronting Lee Street on the edge of Central Precinct, known as the Western Gateway.

For more details on the SSP process visit Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

What is Central Precinct?

Comprising land in and around Central Station transport interchange, Central Precinct will be a new destination for the local, metropolitan, regional and global community. It will draw on the character and significant heritage within Central Precinct and the surrounding suburbs to foster a unique and vibrant urban place.

Central Precinct has been divided into ten distinct sub-precincts, each with its own character. Details on the sub-precincts can be found in the draft Strategic Vision.

Western Gateway sub-precinct

The Western Gateway sub-precinct will be a gateway to Central Sydney, a visual marker for the precinct and a focal point of the Government's planned innovation and technology hub.

This sub-precinct is the first to progress to planning stage and has the potential to begin the renewal of Central Precinct through the creation of a thriving city hub for technology and businesses with new public spaces.

What we have heard from the community

Between Wednesday 16 October and Wednesday 27 November 2019 the community were asked to provide their feedback on Central Precinct draft Strategic Vision, which sets out the vision and key planning considerations for the precinct renewal, and the Western Gateway Rezoning Proposal.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback or met with the project team at the community information sessions held at Central Station during the exhibition period.

Key themes that emerged include:

  • general support for renewal of Central Precinct
  • the importance of heritage
  • potential over-shadowing of surrounding areas
  • support for improving connections within and around the Precinct
  • enabling cycling and pedestrian links to the surrounding areas
  • ensuring the design of Central Precinct, in particular over-track development, is flexible to support technology change in transport services over coming decades
  • support for new public spaces, entertainment, dining and retail offers.

Next steps

Transport for NSW is considering all feedback received as it develops the draft Strategic Vision into a Strategic Framework. We will keep the community up to date when the Strategic Framework is available to view.

Feedback received for the Western Gateway Rezoning Proposal will help the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces determine the new planning controls of the sub-precinct.

There will be more opportunities to get involved and provide input into the renewal of Central Precinct as the project progresses.

Stay updated on Central Precinct by registering your details at projects@transport.nsw.gov.au.

If you would like to speak to the project team call 1800 684 490 or email projects@transport.nsw.gov.au

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