The Australian Government: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Cockatoo Island.

Harbour Trust: The Sites

Cockatoo Island: Planning


Planning the Future


Vision for Cockatoo Island

Crowd on Cockatoo IslandThe vision for Cockatoo Island is to revitalise this unique place as a landmark harbour attraction.

The creation of maritime activities and a step-by-step re-occupation of the site by commercial and community users will lead the island's revival.

The great maritime industrial heritage of the island will form the backdrop to small boat construction, marine repair and maintenance, the operation of the Fitzroy and Sutherland docks.

Commercial maritime activity will constitute just one layer of activity.

The interpretation of its dockyard, convict and industrial school heritage will bring the past alive. A network of walkways and expanded island tours will retrace the pattern of occupation from convict goal to large scale industry.

The island's extraordinary buildings and fixtures will provide unique settings for studios and offices, functions and meetings.

Cockatoo Island has the potential to become a great cultural centre with parkland and spaces for cultural events.


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Strategic Plan for Cockatoo Island


The Harbour Trust's Comprehensive Plan provides a strategic outline for the future of this site.

Click here to view the plan for this site.

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Management Plans

The Harbour Trust is now moving from the big picture planning to a more detailed approach for each precinct.

A draft management plan is currently on display for Cockatoo Island.

Click here to read the draft management plan.


For further information email the community consultation manager or phone (02) 8969 2100.

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