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The Harbour Trust celebrates 20 years

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, established in 2001 to protect nationally significant sites on Sydney Harbour.

To celebrate this milestone, we are proud to share a series of videos telling the Harbour Trust’s story from the perspective of our community. Filmed remotely during the 2021 lockdown, the series will introduce you to the passionate individuals who laid the agency’s foundations and contributed to its growth and direction – all in defence of the world’s best harbour.

In addition to a three-part docu-series, our videos include interviews with some of the people who built and shaped the Harbour Trust. Our agency was announced by the Federal Government on 13 March 1999 and formally commenced on 20 September 2001. However, these videos show the community paved the way for the Harbour Trust and have been on a journey with us ever since.  

We invite you now to enjoy our commemorative videos...


Origin story

Featuring first-hand accounts, this compelling documentary is the origin story of the Harbour Trust. Watch ‘Part 1: The Battle for Sydney Harbour’ today. Stay tuned for ‘Part 2: the Early Days of the Harbour Trust’ and ‘Part 3: Community Involvement in the Future’…

Video interviews

Over the next several weeks, we will share interviews with key personalities, including public parkland advocates, community leaders, First Nations representatives, veteran volunteers, former Defence personnel, and Harbour Trust staff, past and present...

Hon. Sussan Ley MP

In this special video, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment, congratulates the Harbour Trust’s community for their contribution to the People of Australia. The Minister also shares what the Harbour Trust and Sydney Harbour mean to her.

Robyn Lewis, volunteer

Veteran Harbour Trust volunteer Robyn Lewis has the distinction of being both our first female tour guide and non-military guide. In this video, Ms Lewis tells us how she came to be a guide, and what she gets out of volunteering for the Harbour Trust, and her strong connection to Sydney Harbour

We thank you

For two decades, we have worked alongside the community to maintain and open extraordinary places...

These places include Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus, Macquarie Lightstation, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, the former Marine Biological Station, and the precincts of Headland Park – Chowder Bay, Georges Heights, and Middle Head.  

We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who advocated for our historic sites to be returned to the people of Australia. Due to your efforts, the natural and heritage values of our sites are being protected and meaningfully shared. 

We take this opportunity to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands and waters of Sydney Harbour, including the places under our stewardship. We pay our respects to the Borogegal, Birrabirrigal, Cammeraygal, Gadigal, Gayamagal, Wallumedegal and Wangal Peoples, including their Elders past, present and emerging.

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Helpful links

Have you enjoyed our 20th anniversary documentary and interveiws? You may be interested in the following…