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.

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Andy

August 2, 2015 News

Many local residents attended the memorial gathering for Andy who’ lived rough’ in Pyrmont for over 10 years. This memorial was held on the foreshore on Saturday 20 September 2014. A plaque has been placed on the bench where he often sat. The Police have been unable to further identify him or to find any…

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SCHOOL SHOCK!

June 20, 2015 News

After lengthy negotiations with the City of Sydney to buy the Wattle Street depot site, and an announcement by Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education, in December 2014 that the state government would build a world-class primary school with childcare and community facilities, the Department of Education has cancelled the agreement. Instead they propose to demolish…

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Community Management Statement Update

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The Community Management Statement (CMS) is the set of by-laws that govern Jacksons Landing. Now that the estate is complete, the Community Association has reviewed the CMS, to ensure that it is up-to-date and meets our current needs. After lively discussion at the Community Association General Meeting on Thursday 11 June, a number of amendments…

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Standing Tall

June 2, 2015 News

Feeling your age a bit? Want to improve your balance? Concerned about falling? The Standing Tall research study uses iPads to deliver an exercise program to improve balance and prevent falls among people over 70. The researchers seek volunteers. Each volunteer is asked about their general health, then randomly placed into one of two groups:…

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OzHarvest comes to Pyrmont

June 1, 2015 News

OzHarvest collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it free to 600 charities. Now, thanks to CityWest Housing, they have opened a pop-up café serving high quality restaurant lunches. The food is delicious, and $15pp provides 2 meals for people in need: Harvested, 56 Harris St, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11.30am-2.30pm. And there’s more.…

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Manage Meant Stays On

May 5, 2015 News

The Community Association has decided to extend our estate manager Manage Meant for another 12 months. The tender process for a new contract has struck some technical problems, so it is on hold while we sort out the outstanding issues. The feedback from residents has been very positive, and we expect that to continue. Each…

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Powerhouse to be sold off!

April 18, 2015 News

Residents of Pyrmont and Ultimo are shocked to learn that the State government proposes to sell the Powerhouse building in Harris Street, and transfer the contents of the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences to Parramatta. The decision was announced in the government’s Arts and Cultural Policy Framework, a document that proposes a general policy…

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Brandenburg Recital in Pyrmont

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Soloists from the internationally renowned Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will provide a free community performance at the Pyrmont Community Centre on Friday 29 May from 5pm. This will be followed by the regular Pyrmont Community dinner from 6pm, so enjoy an evening of beautiful music, fine food and great company – all for a donation to…

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A brilliant day!

December 12, 2014 News

Christmas in Pyrmont, held for the second year on Sunday 30 November, was an amazing success. The weather was heaven-sent: sunny until 5pm: the clouds burst as the choir sang the last carol. Learning from the first event last year, the organisers made better use of the streetscape, spread out into more rooms in the…

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Raffle winners

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The prizes in the Christmas in Pyrmont raffle, all donated by local businesses, were fantastic, and over $8,500 was raised. The lucky winners were: 1. Clover Moore NYE VIP Bash for 6 people plus lunch for 4 with Alex Greenwich MP in Parliament House John Dudley 2. Havencab – Sydney Harbour Luxury yacht cruise for…

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