The Star entertainment complex (formerly Star City Casino and before that, Sydney Harbour Casino) was built on the site of the Pyrmont Power Station, and retains some of that structure. In 1985 the State government announced that a casino would be built in Darling Harbour. A great variety of opposition had to be overcome, but a Casino Control Authority was set up in 1992. The present site selected in 1993, and a temporary casino operated in the former wharves12/13 until the present casino opened.
In 1994, a consortium won the State’s first casino licence. The permanent casino, designed by Philip Cox, opened in November 1997. In 2009 an expansion program was announced, which reoriented the building towards Sydney Harbour. In September 2011 the complex reopened as “The Star”.
In the early years of operation The Star turned its back on Pyrmont – politically as well as physically. More recently management began to repair its relationships and image, highlighting hotel accommodation, the Lyric Theatre, food court and restaurants as elements of an entertainment complex, not just a casino. A program of community grants supports local projects, including this website.