Jacksons Landing, at the northern tip of the Pyrmont peninsula, attracts scholars and scores of students to inspect (and admire) a leading example of urban renewal.  For a hundred years the Colonial Sugar Refining Company processed sugar here, distilled rum and industrial alcohol, and transformed sugar cane refuse into building material.  As Australia’s second largest industrial complex (behind BHP) CSR even had the resources, the engineers and the skills to produce fuel, and weapons, during the Second World War.

Until the 1990s Pyrmont was noisily industrial and heavily polluted. As industries moved out, the State Government resolved to redevelop the suburb as high-rise residential.  As a leading part of this program, the whole 11 hectare CSR site was bought by Lend Lease, who named it Jacksons Landing and planned a high-rise, upmarket residential complex.  Within a Master Plan of landscaped parks and gardens, they commissioned architects to renovate industrial buildings when possible, and to replace most of them with contemporary designs.

The first residents moved in during 2000.  By 2013 when all residential buildings were complete, a community of 2500 residents occupied 1400 apartments, terraces and townhouses. They enjoy common facilities (tennis courts, meeting rooms, a pool and gymnasium) and a sprinkling of commercial services.  Jacksons Landing’s industrial heritage is reflected in machinery and installations scattered through the whole complex, and recorded in this website.


Public park or private party boats?

July 16, 2017 News

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE BANK STREET FORESHORE PARK? The NSW Government promised us:  opportunities to sit by the foreshore with a coffee,  lunch at a waterside café, access the Harbour for water-based activities, admire locally-produced art, gaze at amazing views (Transformation Plan, The Bays Precinct Sydney, October 2015).      Instead, Urban Growth is…

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New Strata By-Laws

July 5, 2017 News

The new strata legislation requires every strata plan to review its by-laws, and decide whether to adopt any of the model by-laws circulated with the new laws. Some Strata Committees have taken legal advice. The Community Association will hold a meeting on Wednesday 19  July, 7pm at the Station, for representatives of all stratas to…

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The State Government has appointed architects to design a new fish market. To pay for this, however, the old site will be sold for high-rise apartments. One element missing from the plan is any reference to traffic management in an intersection notorious for congestion. An equally alarming omission is social infrastructure. The existing school (Ultimo…

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Decommissioning the Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island

May 23, 2017 News

Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island closed for operations on 30 September 2016. Work is taking place to dismantle the temporary structure and return it to the Port Authority of New South Wales. • Equipment, including cranes and trucks, are being used to assist in the dismantling of the structure. • The concrete slab and…

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Heritage Cruises

April 17, 2017 News

As part of the 2017 Heritage Month Festival, the Sydney Heritage Fleet is running four popular harbour tours aboard the heritage ex-naval launch Harman.  The cost is $35 per person, BYO food or drink (water available on board). Meet at 10am at Wharf 7, 58 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont (just near the Pyrmont Bay ferry wharf);…

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Our Homes are not hotels

April 15, 2017 News

While the Community Association and the stratas of Jacksons Landing explore ways of bringing short-term leasing under control, interested residents and owners may consider the experience of other apartment complexes in Sydney, and the conflict of interest of many state MPs. These are reported in media releases from Neighbours not Strangers.

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Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art


Once again the restaurants of Pyrmont are joining forces with the wine growers of Mudgee; and artists from both regions will display their work.   All will feature at the Festival of Wine, Food and Art. During the week beginning 20 May, local restaurants will offer spectacular meals. The Festival begins with a bang over…

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Pyrmont Growers’ Market Returns

February 7, 2017 News

Thanks to Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and The Star, the market will again offer quality fresh food and gourmet produce, together with play areas, children’s entertainment and local musicians. Beginning on Saturday 25 February, the market will be back in Pyrmont Bay Park; and then on the fourth Saturday of every month from 7.30am…

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Some changes to strata laws

October 31, 2016 News

New strata laws start on 30 November 2016. Many new requirements will not impact us immediately: strata managing agents, building managers and executive committees can continue to operate. Changes include: strengthening the accountability of strata managers; owners may adopt modern technology to conduct meetings, vote, communicate and administer their scheme; owners must review by-laws  within…

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Hanjin California is free to leave

October 4, 2016 News

HANJIN California (IMO 9631101) is free to leave its berth at Glebe Island after the Federal Court of Australia released the vessel from arrest, according to a statement from the court. However, "operational issues" have arisen, and the vessel is unable to leave Glebe Island 1 for Jakarta until they are dealt with. "This will…

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