Sydney Harbour is an iconic and valuable part of the NSW marine estate.
In 2013 the harbour was recognised as Australia's 16th national landscape. Australia's National Landscapes program recognises places of great cultural, natural and spiritual significance including World Heritage-listed sites.
MEMA has initiated a Sydney Harbour project which includes establishing the Sydney Harbour Strategic Initiatives Network. The purpose of the network is to promote and facilitate information sharing and collaboration to support coordinated management of this special place.
Key projects under way by members of the network include:
- Sydney Harbour Research Program – Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)
- Sydney Harbour- A systematic review of the science 2014 - SIMS Technical Report
- Sydney Harbour Background Report – SIMS commissioned by MEMA
- Greater Sydney Region findings from the Marine Estate Community Survey – Sweeney Research commissioned by MEMA
- Sydney Harbour Coastal Zone Management Plan – Sydney Coastal Councils Group and Office of Environment and Heritage
- Sydney Harbour Estuary Coastal Management Program Scoping Study (June 2018) BMT WBM for Local Land Services
- Sydney Harbour biodiversity study – Australian Museum
- Sydney Harbour Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
- Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan – Transport for NSW
- Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program – Department of Planning and Infrastructure
- Various programs – Sydney Water
- Various projects undertaken by local councils in the Sydney Harbour catchment.
The findings from these projects will inform future MEMA activities in Sydney Harbour.
What about community and stakeholder engagement?
The Authority will look for ways to involve and engage the community as work progresses.