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The Harbour Trust protects some of the most historically significant sites on Sydney Harbour. Our sites are known for their natural beauty, significance for the First Nations and the insights they offer into Sydney's layered past. 

Owing to their ongoing advocacy work and active participation in our public consultation processes, advisory committees and volunteer program, the members of the community contribute enormously to our vision of creating extraordinary places on the world’s best harbour that are inspiring, loved and shared.

Volunteer Program

From greeting visitors and facilitating history tours through to presenting community talks and maintaining the heritage value and beauty of our sites, our volunteers play a vital role in the Harbour Trust’s endeavours. Find out how you can get involved in our volunteer program.

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Oral History Project

Did you ever live or work at Cockatoo Island, Sub Base Platypus or one of our other extraordinary sites? If so, we’d love to hear from you! As part of our ongoing Oral History project, we’re gathering stories that will help us vividly bring to life the history of our sites for future generations.

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Consultation

Our public comment and exhibition periods, advisory committees and online feedback form are some of the channels through which we consult with the public.

Public consultation

We regularly seek the views of local communities, special interest groups and visitors to ensure community expectations around the use of our lands are met. This involves making draft plans and proposals available for public comment and exhibition. Find out what is currently available for public comment.

Advisory Groups

The volunteer members of the Harbour Trust’s Community Advisory Committees (CAC) meet with us as required to share advice and recommendations on the use of our lands. We are also collaborating with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Public Feedback

Public feedback helps us to not only improve our services but also protect, maintain and enhance the amenity of our lands. To provide feedback, including suggestions, comments, compliments and complaints, head to our Contact us webpage.

Notice Board

For community news and updates, including opportunities to comment on draft plans and proposals, engage with our Board of Trustees, become a volunteer or to find out more about our Community Advisory Committees, continue to check our noticeboard.

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Event Sponsorship

The Harbour Trust accepts requests from community groups and organisations to sponsor events. In exchange for serving as a sponsor for your event, we can offer vouchers for Cockatoo Island’s waterfront campground.

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