In October 2010, consultants Sweet Reason Pty Ltd were commissioned to review Sydney’s cultural facilities.
Planning Sydney’s Cultural Facilities is the independent report of the review, written by Sweet Reason and completed in March 2011.
The review involved an audit of Sydney’s existing cultural facilities, benchmarking of Sydney against six international cities, consultation with over 90 stakeholders and a high level needs analysis for improved and new facilities.
The Executive Summary provides information on the scope of the report, methodology and key findings.
The report includes three appendices:
Appendix A: Sydney’s Existing Cultural Facilities: contains detailed information on over 90 cultural venues in Sydney including size; space; technical specifications, facilities and transport.
Appendix B: International Benchmarking: benchmarks Sydney against Melbourne and Brisbane as well as against four international cities – Manchester, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Chicago. Benchmarking allows Sydney to be measured against other like cities, to identify gaps in cultural infrastructure and to establish a blueprint for guiding the delivery of future infrastructure.
Appendix C: Stakeholder Consultation: contains details of organisations and individuals consulted as part of the review.
The review was co-commissioned by Arts NSW, Events NSW, the City of Sydney and the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.