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Snapper Island Survey

The Harbour Trust recently invited community feedback about Snapper Island, Sydney Harbour. A Discussion Paper, together with a supporting draft (non-statutory) Conservation Management Plan, were available for comment between 18 November 2020 and 12 February 2021.


Snapper Island is currently owned by the Commonwealth 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 potential 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.

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Post consultation document

How you had your say

During the public consultation period, the community shared feedback by:

  • Completing an online survey; or
  • Emailing feedback to; or
    Posting feedback to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, PO Box 607, Mosman NSW 2088.

All submissions received are being treated as public documents and will guide the planning for Snapper Island. Planning for the site will include further public consultation in the future.

What happens next

The Harbour Trust has prepared a Consultation Outcomes Report which provides an outline of issues raised in submissions and how these were considered by the Harbour Trust.

The draft Conservation Management Plan and community feedback will inform consideration of the potential transfer of Snapper Island to the Harbour Trust from the Commonwealth Department of Finance. Subject to the transfer proceeding, this will also inform the preparation of a future statutory Management Plan made in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001, and the Harbour Trust’s Comprehensive Plan, and would involve further community consultation.


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