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Welcome to the Harbour Trust's online newsroom.

Continue to check this page for news and other updates about our visitor destinations, including upcoming events and attractions.

See also: Community notice board

4 May 2021
Have your say: Cockatoo Island – Draft Concept Vision

The Harbour Trust has released a Draft Concept Vision for Cockatoo Island informed by community feedback. Want to learn more and have your say? Complete the online survey, watch our webinar or attend a virtual workshop, yarning session or pop-up info session. Consultation closes 5pm on 11 June 2021.

1 May 2021
Have your say: North Head Sanctuary – Draft Concept

Informed by community aspirations for North Head Sanctuary, the Harbour Trust has released a Draft Concept for this treasured public destination. Read the document and complete the online survey to have your say. Consultation closes 5pm on 11 June 2021.

22 April 2021
Appointments to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking input on upcoming vacancies for the Harbour Trust; namely the Members of the Trust.

31 March 2021
10 Terminal and Parklands Renewal Project Direction: Consultation Outcomes Report and updated Vision

The Harbour Trust has released a report on the outcomes of the Project Direction consultation, held last year. The report includes a summary of what we heard and the Harbour Trust response. The next step will be the release of a Draft Concept Design for community consultation.

12 March 2021
Interim Executive Director appointed to the Harbour Trust

The Harbour Trust has welcomed Linda Ward as its interim Executive Director. She joins the Harbour Trust from the Parliamentary Budget Office, where she was the Head of the Fiscal Policy Analysis Division.

9 March 2021
Tribute to Dr Jack Mundey AO

The Harbour Trust wishes to pay tribute to Dr Jack Mundey AO (1929-2020) and express our deepest condolences to his family ahead of his State Funeral on Wednesday 10 March.

8 March 2021
Safety works at 10 Terminal in Middle Head

The Harbour Trust has today commenced preliminary safety works to remove hazardous materials from the former 10 Terminal brick buildings and garages in Middle Head, Mosman.

25 February 2021
Rediscover the Harbour Trust's sites during our 20th anniversary year

Between 20 and 29 March, you can join in the Harbour Trust's 20th anniversary celebrations by attending a FREE tour or talk as part of our 'Rediscovery Days' program. This initiative also includes special events and promotions by our tenants.

5 February 2021
North Head Sanctuary consultation outcomes released

The Harbour Trust has released the outcomes of a consultation campaign to understand community aspirations for North Head Sanctuary, Manly.

1 February 2021
Register for our FREE Norfolk Island webinar

Our first DigiTalk of 2021 will delve into Norfolk Island’s history as a convict penal establishment between 1788 and 1854. Join guest presenter Gillian Lewis from 1pm to 2pm on Wednesday 17 February as she reveals why the island was once known as the ‘Hell of the Pacific’ and why the descendants of the HMS Bounty Mutineers later settled there.

28 January 2021
Update: Harbour Trust Executive Director

Mary Darwell, the Executive Director of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, has announced she will step down from her role effective 26 February 2021.

7 January 2021
Update – Visitor centres and tours

Due to the recent COVID outbreak, the Harbour Trust will delay the recommencement of our tours and the reopening of our visitor centres at North Head and Cockatoo Island until Saturday 23 January.

4 January 2021
Sub Base Platypus – EPBC Referral

The Harbour Trust has referred the proposed action to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

16 December 2020
Changes to buses to Mosman and North Head

The bus services operating to North Head Sanctuary, Manly and the precincts of Headland Park, Mosman will change on Sunday 20 December 2020.

7 December 2020
Harbour Trust tours will resume from January 2021

The Harbour Trust’s program of regular tours will resume from January 2021. Tickets are NOW ON SALE for our Defence of Sydney Tour, which is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of those who served at North Fort in Manly. Ticketholders will descend into a 200-metre-long military tunnel complex as well as an underground bunker, recently restored by specialist volunteers.

2 December 2020
Harbour Trust partners with Google Arts & Culture on six immersive exhibitions

The Harbour Trust has today made its debut on the Google Arts & Culture platform with six digital exhibitions showcasing the beauty and heritage of its protected sites on Sydney Harbour.

18 November 2020
Have Your Say: Snapper Island Discussion Paper

The Harbour Trust is seeking community feedback about Snapper Island, Sydney Harbour. A Discussion Paper has been released together with a supporting draft (non-statutory) Conservation Management Plan (CMP). Have your say about Snapper Island, and the Discussion Paper and draft CMP, by Wednesday 16 December 2020.

18 November 2020
Have Your Say: Project Direction for 10 Terminal Renewal

The community is invited to have their say on the Project Direction for the 10 Terminal and Parklands Renewal at Middle Head, Mosman by Wednesday 16 December 2020.

17 November 2020
Observe the meeting of the Members of the Trust on Friday 4 December 2020.

The Harbour Trust invites the public to observe the meeting of the Members of the Trust on Friday 4 December 2020.

13 November 2020
Sub Base Platypus Tour announced – book tickets now

The Harbour Trust is launching a guided tour of Sub Base Platypus. Running select Saturdays from 5 December, the tour is an opportunity to go behind the scenes of historic waterfront gasworks and submarine base that was off-limits to the public for more than 150 years. Tickets are now on sale.

5 November 2020
Have Your Say: Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Governance Framework

The Harbour Trust has invited the community to have their say on its Draft Stakeholder Engagement Strategy & Governance Framework. This document will be on public exhibition until Monday 7 December.

2 November 2020
Harbour Trust strengthens its Reconciliation commitment

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

19 October 2020
North Head Sanctuary – Status of walks and tracks following burn

On 17 and 18 October, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service hazard reduction burn at North Head breached its containment lines and burnt a significant part of the headland.

12 October 2020
Join the conversation on North Head Sanctuary (CONSULTATION CLOSED)

Today, the Harbour Trust has invited the community to have a say on a treasured public parkland on Sydney Harbour – North Head Sanctuary in Manly.

2 October 2020
Have Your Say: Exposure Draft Harbour Trust Amendment Bill

The Department for Agriculture, Water and the Environment has placed an Exposure Draft of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Amendment Bill 2020 on exhibition for public comment.

29 September 2020
Minister Ley announces $40.6 million in funding for the Harbour Trust

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, has announced $40.6 million in funding for the Harbour Trust to support our work in rehabilitating important sites under our stewardship.

28 September 2020
Woolwich Wharf reopens on 30 September 2020

Woolwich Wharf will reopen on Wednesday 30 September following the completion of major works to provide the community with a modern, accessible ferry wharf.

23 September 2020
10 Terminal and Parklands Renewal Project

The Harbour Trust is beginning to reimagine the 10 Terminal buildings at Middle Head, Mosman. A community newsletter with an overview of the renewal project including progress to date, has been released.

12 April 2021
COVID-19 updates

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.

3 August 2020
Harbour Trust announces approach to Independent review recommendations

The Harbour Trust has outlined how it will act on the recommendations of the recent Independent Review of its legislative, financial and governance arrangements.

31 July 2020
Celebrating 10 years: Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property

Ten years ago, the Cockatoo Island Convict Site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with 10 other remnant convict sites from across Australia.

13 July 2020
Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy: Feedback due by 5pm, 15 July

The deadline for providing comment on the Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020 has been extended. Members of the community now have until 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 15 July 2020 to comment.

18 June 2020
Harbour Trust Review Announcement

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).

29 May 2020
Woolwich Wharf upgrade works begin 10 June

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.

27 May 2020
Biennale of Sydney reopening at Cockatoo Island on 16 June

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.

12 May 2020
Register: Public Meeting of the Members of the Trust (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.

19 May 2020
Join us online for National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June)

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.

12 May 2020
Vale Dr Jack Mundey AO

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.

12 May 2020
Harbour Trust releases COVID-19 Rent Relief Principles

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.

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.

18 April 2020
New video celebrates Cockatoo Island's convict heritage

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.

23 March 2020
Changes to Woolwich ferry services during wharf upgrade works

The NSW Government will undertake works to deliver a modern and accessible ferry wharf for the Woolwich community.

9 March 2020
Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy – submission deadline extended

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.

13 February 2020
Independent Review: Harbour Trust Submission

The Harbour Trust’s written submission for the Independent Review of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is now available to view online.

7 February 2020
Harbour Trust Review: Public forum on 18 February

The upcoming public forum (18 Feb) for the Independent Harbour Trust Review has undergone a venue change due to the high number of registrants.

29 January 2020
Former Harbour Trust Chair honoured with Officer of the Order Award

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.

29 January 2020
Draft Harbour Trust Leasing Policy 2020 – Submissions Invited

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.

14 January 2020
Harbour Trust Review: Register for the new public forum (18 Feb)

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.

9 January 2020
Bushfire safety information for visitors

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.

19 December 2019
Premier declares State of Emergency

The NSW Government declared a State of Emergency, lasting for a period of seven days, due to worsening fire conditions predicted for this week.

19 December 2019
Mosman Drill Hall Precinct: Management Plan amended

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.

16 December 2019
Harbour Trust Review – Have Your Say

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.

9 December 2019
The Bondi to Manly Walk has launched

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.

29 November 2019
Sub Base Platypus secures high-profile tenants

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).

11 November 2019
Cockatoo Island Dialogue: Read the Outcomes Report

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.

5 November 2019
Board Meeting in Public (5 December)

The Harbour Trust invites the public to observe the next Board Meeting on Thursday, 5 December 2019.

7 October 2019
Join the Sub Base Platypus Community Advisory Committee (Submissions closed)

UPDATE: Membership submissions have now closed for the Sub Base Platypus Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

2 October 2019
Middle Head Market Launching at Middle Head

Kicking off Wednesday 23 October 2019, the Harbour Trust welcomes the Middle Head Market to Middle Head, Mosman.

1 October 2019
Notice of Evening Works at Sub Base Platypus

The Harbour Trust’s contractor will be working into the early evening at Sub Base Platypus on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

23 September 2019
Board Announcement

The Harbour Trust welcomes the appointment of Michael Rose to its Board of Trustees.

11 September 2019
Submissions Invited: Mosman Drill Hall Precinct

The Harbour Trust is inviting the public to comment on two planning matters relating to the Mosman Drill Hall Precinct

3 September 2019
Festival of Mosman: Harbour Trust events announced

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.

20 August 2019
Harbour Trust Recreation Strategy: Finalised document now available

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.

19 August 2019
Torpedo Factory Design Concept: Consultation summary online

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.

13 August 2019
Celebrate History Week (31 Aug to 8 Sept) with 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.

14 August 2019
Book tickets to ascend Macquarie Lighthouse this Sunday (18 Aug)

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.

1 August 2019
Hunters & Collectors headlining festival at Cockatoo Island

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.

15 July 2019
Heritage Cottage at Chowder Bay for Lease

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.

11 July 2019
John Farnham returning to Cockatoo Island in November

John “The Voice” Farnham will headline the One Electric Day festival at Cockatoo Island this November.

12 July 2019
Sub Base Platypus project earns AILA Landscape Architecture Award

The landscape architects at ASPECT Studios have been recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) for their contribution to Sub Base Platypus.

29 May 2019
Cockatoo Island: Have Your Say

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.

08 April 2019
Board Announcement

The Harbour Trust welcomes the appointment of Tim James to its Board of Trustees.

12 April 2019
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Georges Heights (25 April)

The Mosman RSL sub branch will host a Dawn Service on ANZAC Day (25 April) at the Old Parade Ground, Best Avenue, Georges Heights.