Sydney Fish Market revitalisation under way
7 November 2016
Sydney’s iconic Sydney Fish Market is set for a complete overhaul, with registrations of interest (ROI) today called for the revitalisation of the Market at a new location at the head of Blackwattle Bay.
Sydney Fish Market General Manager Bryan Skepper welcomes the announcement by Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Planning Rob Stokes of the first step in the tendering process that will result in a new Sydney Fish Market being constructed adjacent to its current Blackwattle Bay location, with interest sought in designing and engineering services for the project.
The project, to be managed by UrbanGrowth NSW in partnership with SFM will see the market entirely rebuilt to double its current size and improve public access to the waterfront.
“As much as Sydney loves its fish market, we have long outgrown our existing facilities and a total re-imagination of the site and offering is needed for our customers,” Mr. Skepper said.
“Our business case and customer research with Destination NSW shows there is strong demand for a bigger and better customer offering at Blackwattle Bay that retains the authentic market atmosphere.
“People love the unique experience of one of the world’s few genuine wholesale and retail fish markets, with its working wharf and fishing fleet delivering the catch of the day.
“A rejuvenated Sydney Fish Market will be the centrepiece of the Bays Precinct providing an expanded fresh food marketplace and dining destination, connected to the water.”
Sydney Fish Market has operated at Blackwattle Bay for 50 years and is owned by the NSW seafood industry; fishers and aquaculturists plus tenants and merchants who strongly support the redevelopment plan.
“Sydney Fish Market is where fishers from across Australia sell their catch making it the flagship venue for presenting Australian seafood to the world. This redevelopment will be a huge boost to regional fishers and seafood retailers in a highly competitive world market,” says Mr. Skepper.
The biggest fish market in the southern hemisphere, Sydney Fish Market is home to seafood retailers and wholesalers, specialised food stores, restaurants and cafes, a wholesale auction floor, a working fishing fleet and Sydney Seafood School. It rates as one of the most-visited attractions for tourists in Sydney.
A compelling study commissioned by SFM and prepared by Deloitte Access Economics has established that Sydney Fish Market currently contributes a wider social and economic value of more than $300 million per annum to the NSW economy (on top of the value of business conducted on site). The research estimates that the redevelopment will boost the NSW economy by a further $54 million per annum through consumer benefits plus boost the state economy by an additional $52 million per annum through tourism.
SFM’s board, management, tenants and seafood suppliers have worked closely with UrbanGrowth NSW to develop a design brief for the ROI that meets the needs of customers.
The rejuvenated facility will include:
- A brilliant new building with public boardwalks and improved open foreshore space for dining and leisure activities.
- An improved wholesale market with live auctions more open and accessible to the public.
- A mix of the world’s best seafood retail outlets and fresh produce markets.
- Expanded and upgraded food and beverage options, transforming the current offer during the day into exemplary café, bar and restaurant experiences day and night.
- Sydney Seafood School expanding into a larger, culinary training and education facility.
- Better ‘back of house’ facilities for fishers and retailers including state of the art refrigeration and improved storage.
- Additional parking and improved access by road for both customers and suppliers.
A video explaining Sydney Fish Market’s vision and contribution to tourism and the economy of NSW can be viewed at www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/our-company/our-future
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