Sydney-based urban designer and landscape architect David Vago has unveiled his plans to transform the Garden Island Naval Base into a $20 billion Sydney Harbour precinct.
To be called 'Bayinguwa' Mr Vago's vision includes plans for a new overseas passenger terminal, 16.6 hectares of parklands, a Naval history museum, marina, holiday resort, restaurant precinct and a mix of residential, serviced and affordable apartments.
Mr Vago, who works for firm Habit8, told the The Daily Telegraph that he had circulated the plans to a number of key figures in both NSW and the Federal Government, being met with "mixed reactions.""What a great park this could be, it must be 10 times better than Barangaroo and a much better aspect, cleaner water, everything," Mr Vago said.
"This could all be done quite sensitively, it's all about blending in with the topography, the shape of the island, the harbour's character and providing a variety of amazing uses."Mr Vago questioned that after almost 228 years, is Garden Island the right place for a working Naval base? His alternative would be to relocate the base south to Port Kembla or near Newcastle.
While the idea to relocate the Garden Island base were first proposed by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, it is a plan not supported by Wentworth Federal MP Malcolm Turnbull.
Mr Turnbull said, "Sydney was founded by the Navy and it would be a very sad day if that 227-year link was broken."
The Daily Telegraph reached out to the Australian Defence, and while no word was given on the Navy's future plans for the base, a review is currently underway looking at a range of capabilities and further development of the armed forces.
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