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Healing the Hill

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Becoming Sydney’s Foremost Education Precinct

[This is one of seven Public Space Ideas proposed to the NSW Government by Millers Point Community Resident Action Group. See all seven proposals in the Submissions section of this site.]

Observatory Hill, majestically rising above Millers Point and

The Rocks, is a favourite spot for tourists and locals to view

the harbour and the city that surrounds it.

Having been annexed and chopped about for the Sydney

Harbour Bridge and then the Cahill Expressway, its cultural

gems are hidden and hard to find; – the former Signal

Station (1847) and Sydney Observatory (1858), now the

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS), Fort Street

Public School (1848), The National Trust Centre, SH Ervin

Gallery, shop and café.

Stage 4 sees Observatory Hill being healed of its deep

circular gash, and united above ground by a series of green

bridges covering the cut. It brings the Hill’s hidden gems

together to become Sydney’s foremost education precinct,

celebrating Science and Technology at MAAS, School

Education and Environmental Education at Fort Street

Public School, Arts at the SH Ervin Gallery, Heritage at The

National Trust Centre and International Affairs at Glover


Imagine the Cahill Expressway loop, once occupied by

cars and trucks now becoming a sanctuary for pedestrians,

cyclists and artists. Parents can bring their children safely to

school, while tourists can easily access the cultural gems of

Sydney from The Domain through to Darling Harbour away

from Expressway traffic.

Imagine the expanding school no longer confined within the

constraints of the expressway loop, but being able to reoccupy

its former school buildings and grounds to the south,

with the National Trust moving to Richmond Villa on Kent


#lecture #education

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