The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) manages and operates the Sydney Showground venue business through a 99-year lease with the NSW Government.
The RAS is a not for profit organization, formed in 1822, to raise the standards of agriculture in NSW and Australia. Today, the RAS continues to support and promote agricultural excellence and innovation through the revenue it raises and re-invests in events, competition and education.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the RAS’ flagship event. It was first held in Parramatta in 1823, before moving to Moore Park in 1882. The move to Sydney Olympic Park in 1998 followed the NSW Government’s multi-million dollar development of the site to provide a new home for an event that brings the country to the city every year.
Sydney Showground and the Olympics
Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park area was planned and developed as part of the Sydney Olympic 2000 Master P eslan, which included the creation of the Olympic venues and public spaces and parklands.
The Master Plan was designed by Lawrence Nield, chairman of the Urban Design Team. From the completion of the Master Plan in September 1995 he was involved in its development and implementation. Bligh Voller Nield subsequently developed many of the overlay projects for the 2000 Olympic Games.
Redevelopment of the area began in the 1980s when a private business park, the Australia Centre, the State Sports Centre and Bicentennial Park were established. The closure of the Homebush Abattoir and the NSW Brickworks in the late 1980s opened up the remainder of the site for renewal. Sydney's successful Bid for the 2000 Olympic Games provided the catalyst for the most exciting stage of the area's development.
Developments at Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park Authority is responsible for the future planning of the Park.
The Master Plan 2030 sets out the development control plan for all development at Sydney Olympic Park, ensuring it remains a vibrant precinct for business, residents, visitors and recreation.