Monday, 14 November 2016


Visitor numbers to the Sydney Fish Market are set to double after a $250 million redevelopment of the site at Blackwattle Bay was announced this week.

The landmark plans will not only make the Sydney Fish Markets the best in Australia, they will rival the best in the world.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the NSW Government will call for Registrations of Interest from the world’s best design and engineering experts to produce an iconic fish and produce market.

An historic agreement has been reached between UrbanGrowth NSW and the leaseholders of the Sydney Fish Market to proceed to the next stage of the development of a new market, which includes design, site investigations, planning and negotiations.

“The Sydney Fish Market is already one of Sydney’s great attractions but our world famous harbour deserves something even better,” Mr Baird said.

“As part of this plan, brand new, world-class food and dining facilities will be built on Sydney Harbour – creating a haven for foodies and tourists.

“More than three million people visit the fish market every year and after the development of a new market that figure is expected to double.”

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said, “This is fantastic news for Sydney. We know the Sydney Fish Market is popular with the locals with around one in five Sydney residents visiting six times or more a year. However, the landmark plans announced will not only make our Fish Markets the best in Australia, they will rival the best in the world.

"The research shows 95 per cent of those who come to the Sydney Fish Markets by tour bus are visitors from China. Given China is our No. 1 international inbound market, it is essential that we provide an unforgettable visitor experience in the world."

While the design is yet to be determined, the building will offer 35,000 square metres of floorspace – more than double its present size. Construction of the new fish market is expected to commence in late 2018.

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