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Have your say: Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island / Wareamah is both a geographic pivot point in Greater Sydney and the only place in Australia where the nation’s story is in one place…

Located in the heart of Sydney Harbour, the island links the global city of Sydney to Western Sydney, including Parramatta’s burgeoning Central City. Further, Sydney’s layered history, which spans First Nations, convict, industrial and maritime narratives, can be found here.

At 18 hectares in area, Cockatoo Island is the largest island on Sydney Harbour. With views of Sydney’s world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, there is an opportunity for the island to play a larger role in the city’s presence on the global stage.

In 2019, the Harbour Trust spoke to the community and other stakeholders about the future of this important place. We heard that people value its many layers and stories but would like to see its untapped potential realised. Informed by this feedback, we have released a Draft Concept Vision that seeks to honour the layers of cultural, natural and historical importance that make up the past and present of this place.

We are now inviting you to have your say on the Draft Concept Vision to help us determine the best way to celebrate the island’s history and open it up for more people to enjoy, including the places, facilities, partnerships and program needed to make this possible. Opportunities to have your say include completing an online survey (further below). Feedback on the Draft Concept Vision can also be posted to the Harbour Trust (PO Box 607, Mosman NSW 2088). Consultation closes 5pm on 11 June 2021. Want a high-level view of the Draft Concept Vision? Check out our interactive map


Have your say

Opportunities to have your say on the Draft Concept Vision or learn more about the proposed initiatives are detailed below...

Register for our walkshop on 5 June (booked out)

The Harbour Trust is hosting a walkshop at Cockatoo Island on Saturday 5 June. Running 2pm to 4pm, this interactive session is an opportunity to discuss the Draft Concept Vision for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, visit spaces that are addressed by this early vision, and provide feedback to the Harbour Trust.

Our upcoming walkshop has booked out. To be the first to hear about future walkshops at this treasured public destination, join the waitlist…

Eastern Apron Tour Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour 710X480
Complete our online survey (4 May to 11 June)

The easiest way to provide feedback on Cockatoo Island, including the Draft Concept Vision, is to complete our online survey. Your contribution will help us shape the future of this important place. Please be advised that the survey closes at 5pm on Friday 11 June. 

The Harbour Trust will also accept hardcopy submissions that are received by 5pm on Friday 11 June. These submissions can be sent to:

Harbour Trust
PO Box 607
NSW 2088

All submissions received will be treated as public documents. People with special needs may contact (02) 8969 2100 for assistance accessing the documentation.

Image: An artist's impression of the proposed Eastern Apron Tidal Terrace

Register for a virtual workshop (18 May to 2 June)

Between 18 May and 2 June, we will be hosting a series of one-hour virtual workshops. These interactive sessions are an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts and insights on the future of Cockatoo Island, and provide feedback on the Draft Concept Vision. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Virtual workshops are being run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 18 May (6:30pm to 7:30pm)
  • Thursday 20 May (12:30pm to 1:30pm)
  • Monday 31 May (12:30pm to 1:30pm)
  • Wednesday 2 June (5pm to 6pm)

Image: An artist's impression of the Draft Concept Vision

First Nations Community Consultation

The First Nations Community is invited to have their say on the Draft Concept Vision for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah. Opportunities to provide feedback include taking a survey, submitting an ‘expression of interest’ for a one-on-one interview and attending one of the following yarning sessions (registration essential):

  • Yarning session #1 (Wednesday 26 May) – Redfern Community Centre (29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern)
  • Yarning session #2 (Wednesday 2 June) – Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (35 Harvey St, Little Bay)
  • Yarning session #3 (Thursday 3 June) – North Head Sanctuary (Building 44, Barracks Precinct Scenic Drive, Manly)


Image: An artist's impression of the signage for Wareamah near the ferry wharf. 

Attend a pop-up community feedback session

A series of pop-up community feedback sessions will be held at popular community hubs between 15 May and 29 May. Come and have a conversation...

  • Pop-up #1 – Muster Station, Cockatoo Island (1:30pm to 3:30pm, 15 May)
  • Pop-up #2 – Parramatta Mall, Parramatta (12pm to 2pm, 27 May)
  • Pop-up #3 – Barangaroo Wharf, Barangaroo (12pm to 2pm, 28 May)
  • Pop-up #4 – Leichardt Park, Leichardt (1pm to 3pm, 29 May)

Image: An artist's impression of the proposed Eastern Apron Creative Precinct

Webinar video

During a webinar on Tuesday 11 May, speakers presented on the Draft Concept Vision and discussed the considerations that went into this early vision for Cockatoo Island...

Webinar – Questions and answers

During the webinar, the public had an opportunity to submit questions relating to the Draft Concept Vision. The Harbour Trust's responses are available to read here:


View the Draft Concept Vision and take our online survey
The online survey, which is available at, will close at 5pm on 11 June 2021.
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