A new park on the former water police site in Pyrmont could be named after the Aboriginal word for the peninsula – Pirrama Park – under a proposal being considered by City of Sydney Council on 23 November.
The naval officers of the First Fleet documented the Indigenous names for the headlands, coves and major features of Sydney Harbour and the name Pirrama is recorded on early maps and journals.
In addition, in recognition of Sydney’s maritime history, the park’s boardwalk is proposed to be named Stevedore Walk.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore today said the 1.8 hectare site has been transformed into recreational parkland, forming an important link in the City’s proposed 14km foreshore walk from Rozelle to Rushcutters Bay.
“The new park is a significant contribution to the City’s objective of increasing the amount of quality public open space in the inner city,” Moore said.
“The park, which has been open for several months, is already a hit with the local community, especially the interactive playground adjacent to a proposed kiosk and public facilities that includes new equipment to provide a safe, playful and dynamic environment allowing for a range of ages and abilities.”
he City of Sydney acquired the former Water Police Site from the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in June 2005. The City then embarked on a design process that included broad community consultation to ensure an inclusive, open and transparent outcome.
As part of this process, the City held seven community forums, took feedback directly from 23 community groups, engaged with 1085 citizens and received 14,302 written comments.
The City of Sydney will consider the names at its meeting on 23 November. There would then be a period of public notification and comment before an assessment by the Geographical Names Board of NSW.

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