Manure madness: Goward abandons plan for compost garden on Pyrmont Bridge


NSW Labor has welcomed the NSW Liberal Government’s abandonment of its planned three dimensional garden on Darling Harbour’s congested Pyrmont Bridge.

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

Labor vowed to fight approval of the mad plan, with City of Sydney Labor Councillor Linda Scott calling in the controversial development application last week.

Today Ms Goward announced that the project will not proceed.

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

“It would 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 would happen if you build a massive compost heap in the middle of the bridge.

“Two weeks ago, 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 ran 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.

“Today Ms Goward is attempting to shift the blame, yet she was happy to announce the project on August 1, declaring then that ‘this is an extraordinary and exciting project’.*

“The demise of Pru Goward’s compost dream is a humiliating defeat for the Planning Minister,” Mr Foley concluded.