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Draft Heritage Management Plan for Snapper Island on public exhibition

The Department of Finance is inviting public comment until 22 March 2024 on a draft Heritage Management Plan for Snapper Island, in accordance with section 341S of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Snapper Island is the smallest island on Sydney Harbour, located approximately 400 metres south-west of Cockatoo Island / Wareamah. The island is a Commonwealth Heritage Listed (CHL) place, deriving its historical, social and associative values from its connection to Len Forsythe and the Navy League Cadets, the unique development of the island for use by the Navy League Cadets and its contribution to the landscape of Sydney Harbour. The island has been unoccupied since 2006. Snapper Island is currently owned by the Australian Government Department of Finance.

The Harbour Trust’s Comprehensive Plan, made in 2003, sets out a vision for the renewal of Snapper Island, based on the intended transfer of the island to the Harbour Trust. The Comprehensive Plan proposes the repair, maintenance and enhancement of this extraordinary facility, and its reuse for maritime training activities, potentially in partnership with naval history organisations.

The Harbour Trust sought community comment on a Discussion Paper about Snapper Island in late 2020.

We await the outcome of the Department of Finance’s consultation process for the draft HMP, which will inform the future direction for Snapper Island.


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