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EAST BALMAIN FORESHORE
Master Planning at Balmain, NSW

Duration: 2005
Client: Leichhardt Council

Conservation Management Plan

During the nineteenth century, the east Balmain foreshore was a major transport node and the focal point for settlement of the Balmain peninsula. The steep sheltered shoreline and deep water close to shore attracted early maritime related industries to the peninsula. Since the closure of these industries, much of the foreshore land has provided an important recreational area for the local Balmain community.

The East Balmain Foreshore study area includes several sites of identified heritage significance:
• Illoura Reserve, designed by Bruce Mackenzie
• Fenwick and Co. tugboat site, (locally known as Bell’s
Store)
• The site of the Darling Street Wharf
• The tram counterweight system under Darling Street

Leichhardt Council engaged Design 5 - Architects to prepare a CMP for the East Balmain Foreshore study area. The assessment included investigation of the historical and geographical context of the place, the remaining physical evidence to authenticate the documented history and community consultation to determine social significance. From this assessment, Design 5 prepared statements of significance for the East Balmain foreshore study area as a whole and for each of the component sites within the area.

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