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Torpedo Factory Renewal Project

arrow UPDATE (11/12/2020): Public consultation is now closed.
Artist impression: Proposal for the Torpedo Factory at Sub Base Platypus
The Harbour Trust is proposing a new approach for the Torpedo Factory that will deliver additional public parkland on the foreshore at North Sydney.

To facilitate this, we have prepared a draft amendment to the current Sub Base Platypus Management Plan as well as a detailed Planning Application. The Harbour Trust is the approval authority for these two matters in accordance with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001.

The Harbour Trust has referred the proposal to the Commonwealth Minister for Environment, in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Background 

The Harbour Trust envisions Sub Base Platypus as a contemporary place for community recreation and work.  We have consulted extensively with the community about the site’s renewal since 2006 with a view to transforming the former industrial complex into a public domain where historic spaces are revealed, reimagined and activated by cultural, recreational and commercial uses.

To date, renewal works have included the demolition of buildings with low heritage value, the restoration of others for adaptive reuse, the remediation of contamination, the creation public parkland and improved public access including car parking and a lift from the waterfront to the site’s upper levels.

The Harbour Trust is now focused on delivering the final stage of renewal works; namely, the creation of additional parkland and the adaptive reuse of the Torpedo Factory building.

See also: Sub Base Platypus Renewal Project

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Public consultation


The Harbour Trust invited the public to have their say on the following consultation documents regarding the Renewal Project between 12 November and 5pm 11 December 2020:

How you had your say​

During the four week public consultation period the community shared feedback by:

  • Completing a ‘Have Your Say’ survey; or
  • Providing a written submission by email or post.

The Harbour Trust also hosted two drop-in information sessions at Sub Base Platypus in late November.

This public consultation followed engagement with the Harbour Trust’s Advisory Groups to inform the Project Direction and Planning Application. Community feedback on an earlier design concept for the Torpedo Factory also helped shape the Planning Application and draft amendment to the Platypus Management Plan 2016.

What happens next

The Harbour Trust will consider feedback as part of the planning assessment process. If you provided feedback, you will be notified of the outcome when a determination is made in 2021. 

A consultation summary, outlining the feedback provided and how it was addressed by the Harbour Trust, will also be made publicly available following the determination.

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