The Morrison Government’s Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Amendment Bill 2021 has passed the senate today, securing the future of some of the nation’s most significant heritage sites as publicly owned assets.
Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley said the reforms would ensure ongoing public access to iconic sites including Cockatoo Island, Macquarie Lightstation, North Head Sanctuary, Woolwich Dock, Sub-Base Platypus, Macquarie and Headland Park Mosman.
“After years of passionate and often divided debate, the Bill reflects a united community and government approach to the continued protection and enhancement of these sites,” Minister Ley said.
“It follows the first public review of the Trust, and extensive consultation about the best ways to preserve public access and amenity.”
The Bill ensures the retention of the Trust as an ongoing entity.
“The Morrison Government has provided $60 million to restore and maintain historic Sydney Harbour Federation Trust buildings, and the passing of this Amendment Bill will lay the platform for the future viability of the Trust and its incredible array of sites,” Minister Ley said.