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Newsroom

Welcome to our newsroom – your source of news items, blogs, media releases and other updates about our organisation and the places we protect on Sydney Harbour.

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1 November 2023
Cockatoo Island / Wareamah Draft Master Plan open for public feedback (media release)

The Harbour Trust today announced the release of its draft master plan for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah, which outlines a vision to reactivate and transform the island into the vibrant heart of Western Sydney Harbour. 

 

1 November 2023
Cockatoo Island / Wareamah Draft Master Plan released for consultation

The Harbour Trust has released a draft master plan for Cockatoo Island / Wareamah for public exhibition. The Cockatoo Island / Wareamah Sanctuary Draft Master Plan is available for feedback on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water consultation hub until 5pm AEDT Wednesday 13 December 2023. Opportunities to learn more include a webinar (6 Nov), drop-in sessions (various dates) and a community forum (18 Nov).

 

27 October 2023
Macquarie Lightstation celebrates 205th anniversary with special tour

To celebrate the 205th anniversary of Macquarie Lightstation becoming operational, we are holding a special tour on Thursday 30 November. As you explore Macquarie Lightstation, a knowledgeable guide will share the stories of this significant navigational light source. PLUS: You’ll ascend the lighthouse to discover the lantern room and emerge onto the balcony for a sweeping view of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Tickets available from $16 per person. 

 

21 September 2022
New Torpedo Factory Precinct at Sub Base Platypus opens to the public

Work to revitalise the former Torpedo Factory at Sub Base Platypus, North Sydney, reached an important milestone this month – the completion of the Torpedo Factory Precinct. To celebrate, we hosted a community day on Saturday 16 September.

19 September 2023
North Head Sanctuary Draft Master Plan open for public feedback (media release)

The Harbour Trust today announced the release of its North Head Sanctuary Draft Master Plan, which outlines its vision to make the headland a more welcoming walking place, regenerate its natural landscape and strengthen its role as an important sanctuary for endangered species, celebrate its First Nations significance, and restore and activate its rich military heritage.

 

19 September 2023
North Head Sanctuary Draft Master Plan available for feedback

The Harbour Trust has created a draft master plan for North Head Sanctuary and released it for public exhibition. The North Head Sanctuary Draft Master Plan is available for feedback until 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 31 October 2023. Have your say and register to attend an online information session on Thursday 21 September.

13 September 2023
Fun school holiday activities at Cockatoo Island

These school holidays, escape to Cockatoo Island / Wareamah on Sydney Harbour for a fun-filled adventure! From camping under the stars to exploring the island's rich history on guided tours, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Read our blog to discover exciting school holiday activities that will be sure to keep the kids (and parents) entertained!

8 September 2023
Emerging heritage professionals contribute to the future of Cockatoo Island

Last week, the Harbour Trust had the privilege of hosting a special gathering of young and emerging heritage conservation and management professionals at Cockatoo Island / Wareamah. Held in partnership with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA2023) Youth Forum saw young and emerging professionals from around the world gather at the historic island between 1 and 3 September. Across 3 days, delegates connected with their peers, heard from thought leaders, debated contemporary issues and workshopped ideas.

 

5 September 2023
New limited edition coin featuring Cockatoo Island / Wareamah

We are very excited to announce that the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint), in partnership with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), has launched a stunning new $5 coin featuring Cockatoo Island / Wareamah. The Mint has partnered with ICOMOS to produce this coin in recognition of the 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium being held in Australia for the first time.