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Our latest media releases are listed on this page together with details of how to make a public relations enquiry.

For all public relations enquiries, please contact Rebecca Hage:

Telephone: (02) 8969 2143

Email: rebecca.hage@harbourtrust.gov.au

To obtain approval to conduct a media or photography shoot at one of the Harbour Trust’s locations, please complete our media filming and photography application form and return it to rebecca.hage@harbourtrust.gov.au.

4 May 2021
Harbour Trust releases Draft Concept for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

The Harbour Trust today unveiled an ambitious concept to transform Cockatoo Island / Wareamah into a world-class public destination, ensuring this important historical place remains open and accessible for future generations. [Image: An artist's impression of the proposed Eastern Apron Tidal Terrace.]

1 May 2021
Harbour Trust releases Draft Concept for North Head Sanctuary

The Harbour Trust invites the community to have a say on the Draft Concept for the future of North Head / Car-rang-gel – one of Australia’s most spectacular landmarks, with significant ties to First Nations’ culture, our military history and host to some of the most precious natural ecosystems in the country. [Image: An artist's impression of a proposed accessible path network and native garden.]

22 April 2021
Remarkable stories at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney

On now until 9 May 2021, the heritage-listed Retort House at Sub Base Platypus is the home to the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Remarkable exhibition. This touring exhibition details the stories of Sydney’s river systems and coastlines, spotlighting the people who lived and breathed the waterways.

19 March 2021
Coastrek for mental health awareness through Harbour Trust Sites

Thousands of wild women (and a few men) taking on the Sydney Coastrek team trekking challenge are hiking through North Head Sanctuary and Headland Park this Friday 19 March to raise awareness of mental health in Australia as well as much needed funds for Beyond Blue.

18 March 2021
Headland Park’s artists puts on a show

From 20 March, the Headland Artists will host their biannual Open Studio Day and Landship Exhibition at Georges Heights in Mosman. The free exhibition which will run daily until the 28 March, is part of series of events encouraging visitors to rediscover the Harbour Trust in its 20th year.

17 March 2021
New Harbour Trust Legislation

Legislation that extends the life of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust) in perpetuity will be presented to Parliament on Thursday 18 March 2021.

15 March 2021
Bandicoot Heaven at North Head Sanctuary has reopened

The North Head Sanctuary Foundation’s visitor centre, Bandicoot Heaven has reopened to the public. Located at North Head Sanctuary in Manly, the community-run centre is an opportunity for locals, students and other visitors to learn about flora and fauna.

9 March 2021
Bushfire Recovery Efforts Make Steady Progress

Recovery efforts at North Head Sanctuary, following the hazard reduction burn breach in late 2020, are well underway with more than 100 shelters and refuge zones now in place to protect local wildlife thanks to the work of Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

4 March 2021
Rediscover the Harbour Trust during its 20th Year

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Harbour Trust, which was established in 2001 to protect heritage sites in Sydney, share their diverse stories and enable all Australians to access and enjoy the rich experiences of the sites under its management.

3 March 2021
Aboriginal Employment Day launches Harbour Trust partnership with Babana

The Harbour Trust has partnered with the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group to support improved social outcomes for men and women in Aboriginal communities. [Image credit: The NRMA]

2 February 2021
Defence of Sydney Tour launches at North Head sanctuary

The Harbour Trust has launched the new Defence of Sydney Tour at North Head Sanctuary which features entry into the recently restored and previously inaccessible North Fort Plotting Room. The

19 January 2021
Harbour Trust objects come to life

Objects across Harbour Trust sites are coming to life and sparking conversations with visitors as part of the organisation’s innovative new engagement approach.

11 November 2020
Recovery effort at North Head Underway

The recovery effort following the recent hazard reduction burn breach at North Head is showing promising signs with the first signs of regrowth beginning to emerge.

2 November 2020
Harbour Trust Reconciliation Action Plan for change in 2020

The Harbour Trust has strengthened its vision for Reconciliation with the launch of its second consecutive Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

18 June 2020
A win for the community: Harbour Trust welcomes review recommendations

The Harbour Trust has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the Independent review, it has recommended that some of Sydney’s most extraordinary and iconic sites remain in public ownership forever, under the management of the Harbour Trust.

4 May 2020
The Harbour Trust launches brand new digital experiences

The Harbour Trust has launched a range of fun and interactive digital experiences that showcase the extraordinary Harbour Trust sites while traditional programming is on hold due to COVID-19.

23 April 2020
Government to unlock $14 million in funding to Support Harbour Trust

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.

19 December 2019
Harbour Trust approves Amendment of Draft Management Plan for Mosman Drill Hall Precinct and Lighting of Outdoor Netball Courts

On 5 December, Members of the Harbour Trust, approved an amendment to the Draft Management Plan for the Mosman Drill Hall Precinct and to install lighting on three existing outdoor netball courts.

12 December 2019
School holiday ideas that won't break the bank

Kicking off 21 December and running right through to 26 January 2020, Cockatoo Island has a fresh and exciting program of summer holiday fun that won’t break the bank.

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Harbour Trust welcomes new tenants to Sub Base Platypus

18 November 2019: The Harbour Trust is pleased to welcome its first tenants, Australian Sailing and SLR Consulting Australia Pty Ltd (SLR), to Sydney’s newest harbourside destination, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney.

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Sunset Sessions Summer Series

13 November 2019: Following sold out success from previous seasons, Sunset Sessions returns to Cockatoo Island every Saturday night, 5pm to 8pm from November until March, with a new line-up of underground talent, delicious treats and overnight stays to boot.

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Cockatoo Island launches it's NYE program!

6 November 2019: Cockatoo Island has officially launched its ultimate NYE party program! NYE ticket holders will enjoy a night under the stars with exclusive access to the best live entertainment in Sydney, welcoming 2020 in style.

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Cockatoo Island presents the Overnight Fright Experience

3 October 2019: Cockatoo Island is turning up the scare factor this Halloween, launching the Adults Only Overnight Fright Experience as a special tribute to the spooky date. From 31 October, Overnight Fright will test your fear threshold with a night under the stars and a horror film to boot.

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Harbour Trust welcomes Middle Head Market to Mosman

2 October 2019: Kicking off Wednesday 23 October 2019, the Harbour Trust welcomes the Middle Head Market to Middle Head, Mosman. Launching during the Festival of Mosman, the Middle Head Market will operate every Wednesday from 8am until 2pm.

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NYE Camping Packages now on sale!

29 August 2019: All camping accommodation packages from Deluxe Waterfront Camping to BYO tent options are officially on sale! With so many different options suiting every happy little camper, Cockatoo Island’s NYE celebrations are the best way to ring in 2020.

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Harbour Trust to move forward with proposed Torpedo Factory design concept

19 August 2019: On 22 July, the Harbour Trust Board of Trustees resolved to proceed with the proposed design concept of the Torpedo Factory located at Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney.

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Enter the Ballot to enjoy New Year’s Eve on Cockatoo Island!

19 August 2019: From today until 25 August, the ballot to reserve one (or more) of Cockatoo Island’s Heritage House and Apartments this New Year’s Eve is officially open. Meanwhile, tickets for the exclusive one night deluxe camping and BYO tent stays will be available on Monday 2 September.

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The road less travelled – four of the best Harbour Trust walks!

26 July 2019: Sydney Harbour is known for its breathtaking scenery but it’s often hard to choose the best spot to take it all in. The Harbour Trust has made the job easier by narrowing the choice down to four picturesque locations, all within a 20 minutes of the city.

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Harbour Trust to accept Development Application for Mosman Drill Hall

26 June 2019: The Harbour Trust Board of Trustees has confirmed its decision to accept lodgment of a development application from Mosman Council for its proposal to install lighting on the three outdoor netball courts at the Mosman Drill Hall Precinct.

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Live Music at Cockatoo Island for National Reconciliation Week 2019

20 May 2019: Heading to Vivid Sydney 2019? Our upcoming Sunset Sessions special, recognising National Reconciliation Week, is a great way to gear up for the city’s dazzling light festival!

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Haunted Histories in abundance on Cockatoo Island

29 April 2019: Kicking off every Saturday night from 6:30pm, the Haunted History Night Tours at Cockatoo Island are back back popular demand, littered with more scandal, skeletons and secrets than ever.

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Cockatoo Island Accommodation Open House 2019

15 March 2019: Cockatoo Island’s Heritage Houses, apartments and Deluxe Waterfront campground will be open to the public from 2pm – 5pm Sunday 24 March for one day only.

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Cockatoo Island welcomes NSW Seniors Festival

1 February 2019: The Harbour Trust invites one and all to celebrate positive aging as the NSW Seniors Festival hits Cockatoo Island shores from 15 to 20 February.