Labor blocks Goward's plan for compost garden on Pyrmont Bridge


NSW Labor has vowed to continue to fight the State Government’s construction of a three dimensional garden on the congested Pyrmont Bridge, labelling it a mad plan.

Planning Minister Pru Goward recently announced that a vertical garden installation, known as “A-Maze”, will be built across Pyrmont Bridge next month.

City of Sydney Labor Councillor Linda Scott has moved to call in the controversial development application, with Labor vowing to fight approval of the mad plan.


“I’m all for sustainability, but plonking a six metre wide, 180 metre long compost heap on the busy Pyrmont Bridge is planning madness,” Shadow Planning Minister Luke Foley said.

“It will just create a nightmare for pedestrians and cyclists who rely on the bridge to travel to and from the city every day.

“Surely this garden can be built somewhere else in the precinct.

“The Pyrmont Bridge is a shared pedestrian and cycle facility that connects the Sydney CBD with Pyrmont and Ultimo. The bridge is used by tens of thousands of people every day.

Imagine what will happen if you build a massive compost heap in the middle of the bridge.

“Earlier this month, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner told the Western Harbour Super Precinct conference that the Pyrmont Bridge is at capacity, and a second crossing from Pyrmont/Darling Harbour to the CBD will need to be considered.

“Improving connectivity between Sydney Harbour’s fast growing western waterfront and the CBD is a serious policy challenge.

“But this mad plan for the long, wide compost garden on the Pyrmont Bridge runs counter to all of the work that is currently being done by organisations such as the Committee for Sydney, Tourism and Transport Forum and the Sydney Business Chamber, to improve east-west connections between the CBD and the city’s western precinct.

“I call for the Government to relocate the “A-Maze” garden away from the congested Pyrmont Bridge,” Mr Foley said.