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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COMMUNITY BANK HAS MOVED

December 7, 2019 News

Pyrmont Community Bank is now Darling Square Community Bank. You can find it on the corner of Harbour and Little Pier Streets – a bit further away, but the same friendly neighbourhood service.

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CHRISTMAS IN PYRMONT – THE BEST YET!

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The seventh street fair was the best so far. The weather was milder and kinder, the stalls more varied, the volunteers younger, brisker and better organised, and proceedings smoother than ever. Santa was just as helpful and promising as everyone expects. We even coped with (and decorated) an old car abandoned where we wanted a…

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Christmas in Pyrmont

November 14, 2019 News

It is no surprise that we get in early to celebrate Christmas in Pyrmont on Sunday 24 November – but you will be amazed by the range and appeal of the street stalls on John Street and John Street Square. Not only can you finish your Christmas shopping: local and national performers – including Taikoz!…

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Congratulations Peter Devoy!

July 2, 2019 News

A JL resident again features in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Peter Devoy received a richly deserved Order of Australia Medal (OAM). Peter was co-founder and a tireless worker for Pyrmont Cares (pyrmontcares.org.au). Their volunteers do wonderful work collecting and recycling furniture and whitegoods to help those who need them most. For many years Peter was…

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Celebrate Pyrmont

June 10, 2019 News

Christmas in Pyrmont will be even bigger and better this year: On Sunday 24 November, from 1pm to 7pm we will occupy and animate John Street, Pyrmont Community Centre, and John Street Square. We invite local businesses to take stalls to display and sell their wares, and we are extending the entertainment for another hour.…

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Glebe Society Celebrates 50 Years!

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The Glebe Society invites us all to its 50th birthday events this month. Like Pyrmont and Ultimo, Glebe has a lively history of poverty and wealth, a tradition of radical politics and dramatic events. To celebrate this heritage, the Glebe Society is organising events from 24-30 June. They include Max Solling leading a history walk…

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No More Hunger – Enjoy New Eateries

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Calla has opened in John Street Square, next to Pyrmont Point hotel. Its coffees and meals are well reviewed in Zomato and Urban Spoon. So far, it is open from 8am to 3pm, but may extend. Bar Clementine, on the corner of Harris and Scott Streets, is open Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner,…

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TALE OF TWO BUS ROUTES

February 1, 2019 News

Bus 389 is far less convenient that the older 443 to Circular Quay. We now have to catch the ferry via Balmain and North Sydney or use 2 buses or the light rail + bus to get to the Quay. Would you rather a similar route to 443, (perhaps down Macquarie or Elizabeth St from…

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TRY MY SOCCER CLINIC!

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Hi, my name is Beckett. I am 11 years old and passionate about soccer. I’ve played soccer for 6 years and I love teaching what I have learned. I run a clinic for kids aged 3+ where I help boys and girls understand the fundamentals of the game, important skills and techniques in a fun…

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Providence and Christmas in Pyrmont

December 9, 2018 News

In the calm interval between red dust storms and record-breaking rain storms, Christmas in Pyrmont enjoyed perfect weather on 25 November for the annual street fair, Santa’s visit and lots of live music.  Thanks to sponsors, fabulous raffle prizes and a wide range of stalls, the organisers will distribute $91,200 – $30,000 each to Barnardos,…

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