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The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley has today released the report on the Independent Review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust).
Woolwich Wharf will be temporarily closed from Wednesday 10 June 2020 while the NSW Government constructs a modern, accessible ferry wharf for the local community.Ferry services will be temporarily relocated to Clarke Road Wharf (also known as the Deckhouse Wharf) during this period.
In light of the NSW Government’s decision to permit galleries and museums to reopen to the public from June, the Biennale of Sydney exhibition at Cockatoo Island will relaunch for an extended, twelve-week run on Tuesday 16 June.
The Harbour Trust invites the public to observe the Meeting of the Members of the Trust, being held on Tuesday 16 June 2020 from 3pm to 5pm. To help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, the meeting will be presented online via the Zoom webinar platform.
The Harbour Trust continues to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure our operations are in line with the latest advice on coronavirus. This page provides updates on the current status of our visitor destinations as well as the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of visitors and remain connected with the community.
The Harbour Trust is taking a digital-first approach to National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June) to enable all Australians to safely join us as we celebrate our First Nations community and advocate for a fairer, more inclusive nation. Our program includes a free webinar on Aboriginal trackers (27 May), a DigiTale on Bungaree, and a curated selection of music, films and kids activity sheets.
The Harbour Trust would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Dr Jack Mundey AO ( 1929 – 2020). Jack was a great advocate for the protection of historic sites across Sydney, including Harbour Trust sites. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this time.
The Harbour Trust has published a set of principles that provide guidance on the rent relief support available to its tenants due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley has unlocked $14 million in funding to assist the Harbour Trust in the face of COVID-19 impacts. The Funding is to help the Harbour Trust, which manages former defence sites on Sydney Harbour such as Cockatoo Island, provide short-term rent relief for commercial and residential tenants and to address other revenue shortfalls.
To celebrate World Heritage Day, the Australian Convict Sites Steering Committee have revealed a brand new video showcasing the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, which includes Cockatoo Island's Convict Site.
The NSW Government will undertake works to deliver a modern and accessible ferry wharf for the Woolwich community.
The Harbour Trust has extended the deadline for providing comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Members of the community now have until 5pm on Friday 29 May to comment on the draft policy, which proposes to amend the Harbour Trust’s current Leasing Policy.
The Harbour Trust’s written submission for the Independent Review of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is now available to view online.
Cockatoo Island is being reimagined as an immersive contemporary art space for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney. Between 14 March and 8 June, visitors to the island are invited to engage with a series of public artworks – and participate in free and tickets events – anchored in this year’s theme: NIRIN.
The upcoming public forum (18 Feb) for the Independent Harbour Trust Review has undergone a venue change due to the high number of registrants.
On 26 January, Kevin McCann, former Chair of the Harbour Trust was awarded with the prestigious Officer of the Order Award and his name added to the list of Australia Day Honourees for 2020.
The Harbour Trust is inviting the public to comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020. Submissions are invited until 5 pm AEDT on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
Escape to Cockatoo Island and go behind the scenes of SailGP, the world’s fastest and most exhilarating sail racing championship. From 17 to 27 February, guided tours of the SailGP technical base on Cockatoo Island will run daily. This is a rare opportunity to see SailGP’s wingsailed F50 boats up close, as elite athletes - such as the Australian SailGP Team - and their shore crews prep their F50 catamarans for battle on Sydney Harbour.
Celebrate NSW Seniors Festival 2020 with an exclusive tour of Cockatoo Island’s UNESCO World-Heritage listed Convict Precinct led by one of our knowledgeable guide. Running Wednesday to Saturday between 12 and 22 February, this 60-minute tour is a great opportunity to learn about the former penal establishment and admire iconic landmarks from this turbulent chapter in the island’s history.
Have your say on your say on the future of the Harbour Trust, including our iconic sites on Sydney Harbour, at a public forum next month.
Bushfires are currently affecting some parts of Australia. Our thoughts are with impacted communities as well as firefighters and frontline services facing the bushfires. Many destinations across Australia remain safe and are welcoming of visitors, including all of the Harbour Trust’s sites. However, we encourage you to refer to Tourism Australia online information hub ahead of your next visit.
The NSW Government declared a State of Emergency, lasting for a period of seven days, due to worsening fire conditions predicted for this week.
The Harbour Trust has approved an amendment to the Management Plan for the Mosman Drill Hall Precinct as well as a planning application from Mosman Council for the installation of floodlighting of outdoor sports courts.
An Independent Review of the Harbour Trust – the first since the agency commenced in 2001 – is now underway, and includes opportunities for the community to contribute.
Spanning 80 kilometres of harbour foreshore between two of Sydney’s most iconic surf beaches, the newly-launched Bondi to Manly Walk includes pit stops at historic sites protected by the Harbour Trust.
Sydney’s newest waterfront destination, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, has welcomed its first two tenants – Australian Sailing and SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd (SLR).
The Harbour Trust has partnered with the Sydney Opera House to bring Dance Rites 2019 to Cockatoo Island. On 23, 24 and 30 November, there will be events and activities celebrating First Nations dance, music and community.
The Harbour Trust has published a report on the outcomes of a recent dialogue with the community about the future of Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour.
The Harbour Trust invites the public to observe the next Board Meeting on Thursday, 5 December 2019.
Our final Trust Talk for 2019 will shine a light on the importance of wildlife disease prevention in Australia. Special guest speaker Tiggy Grillo, National Coordinator with Wildlife Health Australia (WHA), will discuss the national organisation's approach to enhancing and protecting the natural environment.
UPDATE: Membership submissions have now closed for the Sub Base Platypus Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
From 31 October, Cockatoo Island is turning up the scare factor for Halloween, launching the Adults Only Overnight Fright Experience as a special tribute to the spooky date.
Kicking off Wednesday 23 October 2019, the Harbour Trust welcomes the Middle Head Market to Middle Head, Mosman.
The Harbour Trust’s contractor will be working into the early evening at Sub Base Platypus on Wednesday 2 October 2019.
The Harbour Trust welcomes the appointment of Michael Rose to its Board of Trustees.
The Harbour Trust is inviting the public to comment on two planning matters relating to the Mosman Drill Hall Precinct
Between 18 and 27 October, local organisations, community groups and businesses will host range of activities for Festival of Mosman. The Harbour Trust is getting in on the action with events at Georges Heights. These include a tour and free talk exploring Mosman’s military history.
The Harbour Trust’s Recreation Strategy 2019 has been finalised following public consultation. The strategy is available to view online. You can also read the consultation summary, which explains how issues raised were addressed by the agency.
The Harbour Trust has considered community feedback on its design concept for the Torpedo Factory. The Harbour Trust will now work on refining the design, and will consult further with the community once an updated scheme has been prepared. View the design concept and a summary of issues raised, including how these were addressed by the Harbour Trust.
Running from 31 August until 8 September, History Week 2019 (NSW) is a great opportunity for the community to engage with the layered narrative of Sydney Harbour. During this week-long celebration, the Harbour Trust will host a program of events guaranteed to capture the imaginations of history buffs and other attendees.
How will you be celebrating International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (17-18 August)? Hot Tip: Book tickets for our Macquarie Lighthouse Tour on Sunday, 18 August. You’ll learn about Australia’s original lighthouse, built in 1818, and ascend to the balcony for an epic view of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
The Red Hot Summer Tour will marks its 10th anniversary in 2020 with a special show at historic Cockatoo Island. On Sunday, 9 February, Aussie rock legends Hunters & Collectors will lead an all-star line-up. James Reyne, the Living End, the Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera will also perform.
A heritage cottage at Chowder Bay on Mosman’s shoreline is now available for lease. Sergeant Major’s Cottage (18 Chowder bay Road) would be suitable for range of businesses seeking to work from a waterfront location with views across the Sydney CBD.
John “The Voice” Farnham will headline the One Electric Day festival at Cockatoo Island this November.
The landscape architects at ASPECT Studios have been recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for their contribution to Sub Base Platypus.
As our city grows and changes – it is timely to discuss what is most valued about Cockatoo Island, and to explore fresh ideas and opportunities for its ongoing revival.
The Harbour Trust welcomes the appointment of Tim James to its Board of Trustees.
The Mosman RSL sub branch will host a Dawn Service on ANZAC Day (25 April) at the Old Parade Ground, Best Avenue, Georges Heights.