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Dining al fresco in Martin Place

Plans to revitalise Martin Place will see an expansion of dining options to the open air, improving the look of public areas in the city.

Dining al fresco in Martin Place


October 22nd, 2015

The extensive refurbishment plans for Martin Place include outdoor dining under strict conditions between Pitt and George Streets, the site of the Word War 1 memorial Cenotaph.

The City is currently inviting comments from the public to better communicate draft policies designed to improve the look and amenity of the city, including:

In order to pave the way for outdoor dining in Martin Place, the City of Sydney has worked closely with the RSL and other landowners where restaurants can seek permits for outdoor tables.

“Martin Place is Sydney’s most popular public plaza with some of the city’s finest buildings,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said. “These changes will make Martin Place and the area around the Quay more appealing for the thousands of people who enjoy these busy areas each day.”

“The City’s continually improving Sydney’s streetscapes and with work about to begin on the light rail, it’s the right time to upgrade Martin Place and the streets running into Alfred Street at Circular Quay where the light rail ends.”


Twelve owners of major commercial properties in the Martin Place area welcomed the City’s plans.

In preparing the plan, the City has heard advice from Gehl Architects who originally proposed light rail in George Street, and from HASSELL Architects, who have worked on streets connecting with Circular Quay.

The City has also discussed the plans with government representatives and with members of the public as well as with the Martin Place Owners Group.

The plans will be placed on exhibition for four weeks and public comments are invited.

City of Sydney


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