Lack of transparency in Barangaroo redevelopment

Despite the grand promises and flashy public “consultation” events the redevelopment of Barangaroo is becoming increasingly shrouded in secrecy. 

In recent months the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) and the state government have put out numerous media statements about the merits of the site and referred any inquisitive members of the public to their website for more information.

Sadly, instead of directing to a specific, informative section of the website, these releases simply point to www.barangaroo.com, a sprawling site with little information other than glossy photos and praise for the government’s own vision for the site.  The useful info is at best buried somewhere on the site that is impossible to find or at worst completely absent. 

For actual details of the $6 billion dollar redevelopment on prime waterfront land one has to trawl through the complexities of the Department of Planning website and hope for the best amongst masses of nameless attachments.

Surely the government can do better than that.

If the government were truly committed to transparency in the project they would have a section on the Barangaroo website where all the plans were available, plainly labeled and easy to download.  Surely this is not beyond their skills, so it makes one wonder what they are trying to hide.

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