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Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Senator Andrew Bragg has today welcomed legislation to permanently maintain the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

This follows a $40 million rollout by the Morrison Government to maintain the historic SHFT sites.

Senator Bragg said today’s announcement by Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley, is a monumental win for the people of Sydney and all of Australia.

“The Howard Government set up this Trust 20 years ago to preserve the jewel in the crown of Sydney Harbour.  This decision means the Trust will manage the sites in perpetuity ensuring ongoing public access to the sites forever,” Senator Bragg said.

“The local community is passionate about these sites and with very good reason,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve worked closely with all parties to reach a position that protects public access and ensures the Harbour Trust will continue to work with communities and the State Government’s master plan to encourage more people to visit and enjoy these wonderful sites.”

Senator Bragg paid tribute to Minister Ley for extensive consultation with the Harbour Trust Board, local stakeholders and the State Government to maximise public access in the future.

Senator Bragg also noted that under the proposed leasing arrangements of 25 years and up to 35 years there can be confidence and certainty in some much-needed remedial work on the structures.

“This is a result which will be welcomed by many people, not least of which the 205 volunteers who’ve given of themselves to the sites for 19 years and still going strong,” Senator Bragg said.

Finally, Senator Bragg thanked the Sydney Harbour Headland Preservation Group President, Jill L'Estrange,  for their extensive consultation, vision, commitment and leadership

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