Glimpses of Life @ THE PIER
Celebrating 15 years!
An icon, established 2003
Champagne flowed as residents of The Pier celebrated the 15th birthday of their building – an architectural and engineering accomplishment, which remains unique to this day. Of course, it merely served as the impetus to bring everyone together and introduce more recent residents to those who have called The Pier home since it opened in 2003.
The community vegetable garden at the Ab Mott hall has astounded us all by its lushness and the variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs that can be produced when a group of enthusiastic city gardeners get together. Feel your green fingers itching? Join up and meet the neighbours over a watering can or a spade – and especially at the delicious harvest festivals.
Between the luxury Pier One Sydney Harbour Hotel and the apartments of The Pier lies the busy Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. For some years this has housed outstanding arts organisations such as Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Philharmonia Choir and Australian Theatre for Young People, with their theatres, rehearsal facilities and dance studios. Now the State government is further developing this prime location to add more arts facilities and performance venues for more organisations including The Australian Chamber Orchestra and Bell Shakespeare, as well retaining a large heritage space for big events such as the Sydney Writers Festival and the Biennale of Sydney.
very December sees a growing pile of brightly wrapped presents under the tree in the main foyer as the Pier’s residents contribute their “suitable for a boy aged 4-8” or “for a girl less than two” parcels. A few days before Christmas these are transported to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to bring a little joy into some small lives.
“I can’t believe that a city community can produce a party like this!” [ Astonished Pier resident after his first precinct Christmas Party]. Months before its noted in calendars. Weeks before the Manage-ment team is preparing the beer for labelling. Days before the locals start saying “Will I see you at the Christmas party?” . On the day the decorations and tents go up, the lights are set, the precinct restaurants fire up their paella stands and lamb roasts and bring in the oysters, the band sets up. And in the evening the locals – residents, owners, business people and friends – party like there was never going to be tomorrow. A street party par excellence, in the middle of the city.