Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Dominic Perrottet have announced a plan to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a public square named in her honour in the heart of Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he was pleased that the new public square would be named in honour of Her Majesty.
“Her Majesty The Queen held a very special place in the hearts of many Australians and I am pleased we can continue to commemorate and remember her magnificent life by naming this new plaza in her honour,” he said.
“The Queen dedicated her life to public service and it is appropriate that this new plaza will bear her name and can be enjoyed by Australians for many years to come.”
Mr Perrottet said it was fitting for the tribute to be included in the Macquarie Street East Precinct revitalisation plans, which celebrates the precinct’s different histories.
“We’re realizing a 20-year vision to celebrate this unique section of Sydney ensuring the heritage assets along Macquarie Street are more accessible and attractive for visitors in the 21st Century,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The precinct is already of national cultural significance, which is why we have chosen it to commemorate our late Head of State, by naming the new public square Queen Elizabeth II Place. We’ll also erect a monument in her likeness.”
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the first stage of works sees the removal of now unused, modern additions to the historic Registrar General’s Building.
“This is the first step in giving this iconic public building, indeed the whole Macquarie Street Precinct, a new lease of life, while protecting its historic integrity and respecting its original character,” Mr Roberts said.
“Investigations have also commenced for a permanent soundshell in the Domain – an initiative that will significantly reduce the impacts that come with setting up for Sydney’s much-loved summer concert events and increase year-round community access to The Domain.”
Minister for Arts Ben Franklin said the NSW Government is investing in the future of arts and culture for NSW through this project.
“For too long this Precinct has been overlooked and underappreciated by interstate and global visitors and locals alike, and our aim is to change that perception,” Mr Franklin said.
“By transforming this iconic historical and culturally significant heritage precinct into a lively cultural hub and must-see destination, it will help drive tourism and reinvigorate the night-time economy.”