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A Thriving Resident Community

Glimpses of Life @ THE PIER

With the majority of the building’s 140 apartments being owner-occupied, and many inhabitants being long-term residents, The Pier is home to a close-knit but welcoming community. United by their unique location and often a shared love for the arts and the history of the surrounding precinct, both formal and informal resident gatherings are common. From Christmas parties to charitable initiatives to working together in local community gardens, there is ample opportunity for people to get to know their neighbours and enjoy the wider Walsh Bay community.

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.

Community moments

Light up the Sky – It’s New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve fireworks are right on The Pier’s doorstep. You can even lie in bed and watch them! Feel the BOOM as the percussion wave hits your chest and a couple of million dollars explodes over your head. Watch the Bridge cascade a firey curtain into the Harbour. It’s a fantastic way to start the new year without even leaving home.

Vegetables in the City

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.

The Walsh Bay Performing Arts Precinct

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.

It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas

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.

Now This is a Street Party!

“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.

Life between the Harbour and the heritage of Walsh Bay…