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Activism in Pyrmont

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Pyrmont? A thriving hotbed of progressive thought? Apparently so, or at least the home to some pretty admirable community projects run by some very dedicated Pyrmont residents.

Pyrmont Progress, a local initiative run by Pyrmont residents, is guided by the mission statement “To make Pyrmont a more attractive place to live, work and visit.” Created in response to the uncoordinated manner plans for the area were being implemented by outside bodies with strong disregard for the needs and wants of the community, Pyrmont Progress is committed to a range of projects to ensure the modern village-like atmosphere of Pyrmont continues to grow. Pyrmont Progress is also firmly dedicated to the idea of community consultation over all development matters, and hopes that doing this will not only build upon the already established sense of unity among its residents, but continue to make Pyrmont a pleasant and attractive suburb.

These are just a few of Pyrmont Progress’ current projects:

Pyrmont Community Bank Project

Still in its developmental stages, Pyrmont Progress has been in discussion with Bendigo Bank over the past year with the aim of opening a Community Bank branch in Pyrmont. The concept behind a Community bank is to provide convenient, local banking services which can be tailored to the needs of the community. It will be a locally run operation, with a large proportion of its profits going straight back into Pyrmont’s development and towards supporting local charities and initiatives. According to Nick Brookes of Bendigo Bank, all going well the branch should be open by late 2008.

For more details, check out People and Places .

Life Under the Freeway

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Western Distributor is ugly. Very, very ugly. Unfortunately, it is also practical and a prominent feature of the Pyrmont/Ultimo area. Luckily, the clever people at Pyrmont Progress and City of Sydney have come up with an idea which will not only transform the space under the freeway between Fig and Harris Streets and Bulwarra Road from “Ew!” to “Oooh…”, but is supportive of local artists. The Life Under the Freeway Public Art Project gives interested artists the opportunity to use lighting, sculptures or installations in conjunction with landscaping to bring some colour and life to this somewhat drab and depressing area of Pyrmont/Ultimo. At this stage, there are six finalists and the conceptualisations of their works will be on display for the public at the Ultimo Community Centre until February 14. A panel of judges will make a recommendation to the Council about which design should be created after this date.

Keeping the Big Guys Honest

That isn’t the official title of the project, by the way. The latest of a string of examples where Pyrmont Progress has championed for the voices of the Pyrmont community to be considered is in relation to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) purchasing a privately owned site in Bank Street. This site is zoned for public recreation and is part of the proposed foreshores walk from Rushcutters Bay to Glebe. At present, Pyrmont Progress is valiantly pushing for the promise of community consultation over the development of this area.


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