17 March, 2021
Following serious community campaigning and advocacy, particularly by Headland Preservation Group (HPG), on 16 March the Government announced it had halted plans to allow commercial leases over 35 years on Sydney Harbour Federation Trust land. Previously, the future of Trust land was uncertain with the threat of commercialisation of key areas. There is no doubt that this is a win for the community.
In my capacity as Member for Warringah and as a member of the Trust Community Advisory Committee, I have been working with HPG and have advocated strongly for the Trust to remain true to its mandate.
The Trust is essential to the cultural character of our community. It has sites rich with military and indigenous history. Its green fields and bushland provide habitat for many flora and fauna and for people as they seek respite and relaxation from their busy lives. It must be protected and conserved.
The Government has now introduced the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Amendment Bill and I will be closely scrutinising the provisions to ensure that the lands continue to be preserved for the community.
As a member of the Harbour Trust Community Advisory Committee, the North Head Sanctuary Bushfire Recovery Advisory Group and the 10 Terminal Reference Group, I will continue to work to ensure that the Trust lands are protected and conserved for Warringah and future generations of Australians.