Have Your Say on the Former Manly Hospital Site

Member for Manly James Griffin has invited the Northern Beaches community to have its say on the creation of a new health and wellness sanctuary at the former Manly Hospital site.

Mr Griffin said the NSW Government was calling for ideas to help inform a master plan for the future use of the 6.18ha site.

“This site’s unique location is an opportunity to provide a balanced blend of world-class and innovative health and wellness services nestled amongst a harbour and rainforest environment,” Mr Griffin said.

“Last year, the Government announced Australia’s first hospice for young adults would be built on part of the site to provide short-term respite, symptom management or end-of-life care for young people with life-limiting illness.

“Since then, a project steering committee, comprising government, council and community representatives, has been investigating potential future uses for the remainder of the site, with a vision to create a vibrant health and wellbeing precinct.

“The Government now wants to hear the public’s thoughts on how we can best deliver on this vision in ways that will support the needs of the local and wider community.”

Mr Griffin said a concept plan had been prepared for the site, with indicative locations for health and wellbeing uses, the hospice and public open space. Guidelines have also been established for potential uses.

“Future opportunities for this important and historic site must ensure ongoing public access, the preservation of the rainforest area, and the provision of services that contribute to the health, wellbeing and care of the community, as well as providing ongoing social benefits,” he said.

The heritage-significant buildings on the site, including the heritage-listed main ward of the former hospital, will also be retained and adaptively reused.

The community has until 2 September 2019 to submit ideas and provide comments via an interactive project website www.formermanlyhospitalsite.com.au

There will also be an information stand at The Corso, Manly, 11am-2pm, on 8 August 2019.