Wharf Upgrade and Aquarium

More projects underway! Manly Fast Ferry Wharf Upgrade and Old Aquarium site

I committed to improving access and upgrading Wharf 3 and enhancing the former Sea Life site at Manly Cove.

Today I can update you on the status of both projects.

You will see crews out on the water, and in and around these two locations from October. They are undertaking investigative geotechnical works which will inform the final plans for the two projects.

What is happening with the Aquarium?

The old Aquarium site presents a once in a generation opportunity to enhance public space on our foreshore.  

Transport for NSW will be engaging with the community and key stakeholders for feedback on the space in early December.

In the lead up to then, TfNSW have received some ideas to reuse the Aquarium site and so they will review them in line with permitted land uses (no residential development etc.), and work with stakeholders, like the Council, on a concept for a reactivated public space.

The area as a whole (Pavilion, Art Gallery, walkway) is a crown jewel in our Harbour foreshore. In December we will seek feedback from the community on design concepts for the area.

What is happening with the Manly Wharf 3 Upgrade?

For too long it’s been a sub-par experience when catching the Ferry at that Wharf. If it rains or you have a wheelchair – its hard work.

Manly Wharf 3 (near the Wharf Bar) are being upgraded to ensure people with mobility needs, prams or heavy luggage can safely access ferry or other services from the wharf.

 The next stage for the Manly Wharf 3 Upgrade will be seeking feedback from the community on the concept design, with public consultation from mid-October.

The NSW Government is working on the two projects simultaneously, as part of our $205 million maritime stimulus spend on infrastructure and safety upgrades.

The funding will be used to upgrade and improve accessibility at Manly Wharf 3 and enhance the area of the former Manly Sea Life site, owned by Transport for NSW.

More information will be available shortly on: nswroads.work/manly-cove