The largest island in Sydney/Gadigal is in the sights of planners who want to turn it into a major arts and culture destination for locals and future international travellers.
A thorough plan by The Harbour Trust has been put forward for the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) according to the ABC. In it, it talks of a plan for art, retail, dining and education spaces with a focus on ”First Nations culture and significance as a sacred women’s place” as well as it’s penal colony past.
Harbour Trust chair Joseph Carrozzi said “What we would like to do is make sure this island becomes a must-see destination,” with an already immense headstart as a stand-out feature of Sydney harbour.
There was a note about contemporary events on the island that could definitely host large scale warehouse-sized parties to entire festivals.
The plans are on exhibition now until June 11th and don’t necessarily mean an instant start but would be another positive step forward for Sydney. It joins planning to revitalise Kings Cross, a $43.5m overhaul of George Street to emphasise pedestrians over cars and the creation of YCK Laneways project in the CBD.
Adding to that is the appointment of the Nighttime Economy Commissioner Michael Rodreigez and the NSW Governments ’24-hour Economy Strategy’, some of our thoughts on that here.