UPDATE: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust: Independent review of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
I welcome recommendations from an independent review into the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust released by the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP.
I am pleased the review has recommended that historic former defence sites should remain under Commonwealth protection by extinguishing current requirements to dissolve the Trust on or after 2033.
It is a win for Sydney and Australia to keep the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in perpetuity under the Commonwealth.
Minister Ley will immediately unlock an initial $9 million for maintenance and restoration work at Trust sites in a program that will help create jobs and boost economic performance.
I strongly recommended the continuation of the Trust in my submission to the review. Its ongoing work is critical in the preservation and protection of the historical and cultural significance of the greatest harbour in the world, Sydney Harbour.
The review contains 21 recommendations covering the preservation of sites, their strategic role in Sydney's future, leasing arrangements and ways to maximise public access.
It also includes the need for a refreshed vision and plan for Cockatoo Island and North Head, including resolving the long term future of North Head, which is owned by the NSW Government and due to be returned by the Trust in 2032.
I commend the Minister on commissioning the review and thank the review panel for their responsible recommendations.
Click here to see Minister Ley's Media Release
Click here to see The Australian's Media Coverage.
Click here to see The Sydney Morning Herald's Coverage.
A copy of the review is available at: www.environment.gov.au/about-us/shft-independent-review/