Government confirms commitment to new park at Platypus

  • March 30, 2016

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, has welcomed confirmation that the federal government remains committed to creating a new park and public foreshore access at the former submarine base, HMAS Platypus on Neutral Bay.

“Protecting our harbour foreshores is a priority for me and the $20 million commitment we secured for Platypus will allow the site to be permanently open to the public for the first time,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Yesterday in Question Time I asked the environment minister, Greg Hunt, to provide an update on the project.

“The minister has confirmed funding is on track and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust will shortly commence consultation with the community on plans for the site.

“It is important locals are involved in this process – it’s an exciting project and the government will be seeking input from residents.”

 Mr Zimmerman said the next stage of the Platypus project followed a $43 million major cleanup to remove pollutants that were buried on the site from its days as a former gas works.

 “I am confident this will become a wonderful precinct for the community and all Sydneysiders, which will combine a new parkland and the reuse of some of the old naval buildings along with the heritage-listed Retort building,” Mr Zimmerman said.