Put your feet up and tell the City what you think

Pedestrians will this week get a chance to shape plans for the transformation of George Street when survey teams walk the streets to find out what Sydneysiders think.

A blow-up sofa will be moved between three locations giving pedestrians a chance to sit in comfort while they review plans and put their views on George Street, where light rail will replace buses and cars and make the street a haven for pedestrians.

Because George Street is currently so noisy and congested, the sofa will be placed nearby at lunchtimes – in Pitt Street Mall on Tuesday, in Sesquicentenary Square in Barrack Street on Wednesday, and in the Queen Victoria Building forecourt on Tuesday 30 April.

The City is contributing $220 million to the NSW Government’s light rail project to make George Street one of the world’s great plazas, with 25,000 square metres of roadway turned into a huge, tree-lined pedestrian boulevard.

Plans and videos of the upgrade are currently on display at Customs House at Circular Quay as part of a public an exhibition, Next stop: 21st Century George Street, giving people the chance to offer feedback on key design issues before they are finalised later this year.

Plans for the transformation of George Street will also be available at the pop-up consultation sessions, with survey teams seeking views on everything from bubblers, to lighting, street furniture and wire-free pedestrian space.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore urged people to attend the exhibition to help improve the George Street plans.

“At the moment, George Street is choked by day and drab at night. This exhibition shows we can make it a wonderful wide boulevard where people will want to walk, shop, dine and meet up with friends,” she said.

“To get it right demands good design. That’s why we are asking people who live, work and visit the city to come to the exhibition, to see the designs and tell us how we can make them the best they can be.”

For more information and to provide feedback, visit: sydneyyoursay.com.au/georgestreet

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For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0427 044 768 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au