|Sydney is being urged to embrace forward-thinking and support a radical new plan to change the face of the CBD.
The epic plan is called 2030: Sustainable Sydney, developed by world renowned architect Jan Gehl.
It involves tearing down the Cahill Expressway, establishing a massive â€˜green spaceâ€™ at Darling Harbour â€“ three squares connected to a longer pedestrian boulevard with public transport and cycle access, moving Circular Quay station and refurbishing Central with retail.
All this and coal-free power generated from the city into our homes.
Itâ€™s an ambitious facelift to say the least, but Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has taken on the sceptics, saying todayâ€™s landmarks of Sydney wouldnâ€™t exist if projects like these hadnâ€™t of happened.
â€œWe wouldnâ€™t have a Harbour Bridge or an Opera House,â€ she claimed.
The Lord Mayor says the projects arenâ€™t desirable, but necessary for the cityâ€™s environmental and economic future.
â€œSydney is already a green leader when it comes to sustainable buildings and with sustainable development, integrated transport and green energy we can become one of the worldâ€™s green cities, making this our competitive advantage against other world cities.â€
Patricia Forsythe from the Chamber of Commerce says public transport is the key.
â€œYou wonâ€™t succeed if youâ€™ve got to sort of stop the cars at the gate, so to speak, and you donâ€™t have anywhere for them to go.â€
â€œSo critical in all of this is Public transport right across the Sydney basin.
Morris Iemma says while it’s a good idea, it looks very similar to the state government’s own plans.
â€œWell the plan is feasible.â€
â€œThere are certainly parts of the plan which require a lot more work.â€