Building Better Cities – Barangaroo

Previsit activities and post excursion resources

To help students better understand the geographical concepts during their fieldwork, it is recommended they complete the pre-visit and follow-up activities below. These could be set as a homework or class task. Please ensure they complete these and bring their workbook on the fieldwork day..

A. Student Pre-visit activities

  1. Visit the Discover Barangaroo website, and use the bottom menu to explore the urban dynamics of change transforming the precinct.
  2. Visit the SMH Website, ‘Millers Point – under the hammer‘ to learn more about the issues effecting the Millers Point community.
  3. View the Youtube clip Who is Millers Point and ‘The Project‘ clip to learn about a major issue affecting the community. Further information about the Millers Point community can also be found at the Friends of Millers Point community website.
  4. Visit the Department of Industry website and read the page ‘Why Sydney and NSW’. Describe ways Sydney fulfills the criteria of a world city. The first two are done for you as examples in your Fieldwork Journal.
  5. View the Barangaroo Fieldwork Introductory Presentation to learn about Syllabus links
  6. Metro Strategy 2036 film clip

B. Follow-up excursion resources

  1. Visit the NSW Land and Property Information Six Maps website to view a current, and historical (1943) map of the suburb. Type Millers Point into the search box (top left). Click the base maps icon (top right) and ‘Looking for 1943 Imagery / Sydney 1943 imagery. Slide the scroll bar on the right to move between current and historic views.
  2. Visit NSW Planning and Environment and view the Your Future Sydney information, and the Your future Sydney film clip to learn more about managing Sydney’s growth and development.
  3. Barangaroo Reserve’s First Birthday – time line of development – Link
  4. Lend Lease completes first wooden office
  5. View the Barangaroo Interactive Plan

Answer the Fieldwork Question

‘Explain how and why urban consolidation and renewal have occurred in Barangaroo, and Millers Point. What are the social, economic and environmental outcomes for both locations?

Examples of Assessment Tasks

Listed below are a range of assessment tasks which are designed to help you prepare for the Urban Places case study topic for the HSC.

Analyze the impacts of an urban dynamic operating in a country town or suburb. In your answer:

a) present a sustained logical and well structured answer to the question.
b) communicate geographical information ideas and issues, and
c) refer to appropriate case studies, illustrative examples and fieldwork where appropriate.


How successful has the government’s strategy of urban consolidation and renewal been in achieving liveability in Barangaroo?

In your answer include the following:

a) Name and locate the study area and give a brief background history.
b) Discuss urban dynamics in the above area i.e. past present and future.
c) With reference to class information i.e. articles, sheets,broadsheets, videos etc and knowledge, outline the implications of the processes of Urban Renewal and Consolidation on social well-being or liveability such as: access to employment, housing, leisure spaces, environmental quality (different types of pollution), infrastructure (such as transport shops and education).
d) Conclude your findings


Barangaroo is a good example of urban renewal and consolidation involving social, cultural and economic changes. In considering the changes in this suburb, make reference to the following:

a) Why was this area chosen for redevelopment.
b) Who has been involved in the planning process and what have been the conflicting interests.
c) How has the suburb been redeveloped in the context of Urban Consolidation.
d) What have been the social, economic and environmental considerations.


Using information from your fieldwork and your own knowledge, analyse the impacts of urban dynamics operating in Barangaroo

The following are areas that you should cover in your response:

a) Social structure and spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage in your study area.
b) Changing economic character, nature and location of residential land, commercial and industrial development.
c) Culture of place as expressed in the architecture, streetscape, heritage architecture, noise, colour, street life, energy, vitality and lifestyles.
d) Growth, development, future trends and ecological sustainability.

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