It sounds like a lyric from a musical: “cable cars and floating bars” (“in a world of pure imagination”?) but it’s part of the ambitious plan to develop the Western Harbour district into a tourist epicentre. 

The vetoing of the monolithic Ritz-Carlton building has not dampened the enthusiasm of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian or the visionaries at the Western Harbour Alliance. Included in their plans is a food festival, harbour pools, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming with salmon in a tank, a “splash and dash” fun run, and a “synchronised” film event with 20 floating screens.

But perhaps the most extravagant idea is the suggestion to run a cable car from Sydney Tower to Crown Casino at Barangaroo and then on to The Star in Pyrmont. It’s a lofty idea that has been dismissed by Lord Mayor Clover Moore as reminiscent of and likely to have the same fate as the Darling Harbour monorail. 

The planned timeframe for all this to occur is equally ambitious: work is expected to be completed within a year for most of the projects. 

Whatever is decided, it looks like much of Pyrmont and its surrounds are going to be a worksite in the near future. 

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