Kamay Bay ferry terminals reinstatement

Kamay ferry wharves

The NSW Government is proposing to construct ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell. This will create a water connection between La Perouse and Kurnell, allowing greatly-improved physical and cultural links of particular importance to the local communities.

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AUG 2021

AUG 2021The EIS submissions stage is now closed

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Kamay Ferry Wharves Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS).

The feedback is important to us and will inform the planning approval decision, as well as the final design and construction stages of the project. All of the submissions will be reviewed to identify issues raised.

A submissions report will provide a response to the issues and information on next steps. You will be notified when the submissions report is available.

Project information

Transport for NSW is continuing to develop its plans to reinstate the ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.

This project supports the Kamay 2020 Project that was presented to the community in 2018.

A ferry service operated between Kurnell and La Perouse from the 1890s until 1974 when severe storms damaged the wharves.

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has established a project team to undertake the planning, design, assessment, and delivery of the La Perouse and Kurnell wharves and associated infrastructure.

Transport for NSW is pleased to announce the engagement of the Gujaga Foundation to the team working on the Kamay Ferry Wharves Project.

The Gujaga Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation leading language, cultural and research activities within the La Perouse Aboriginal community.

The Gujaga Foundation will work with the design team (led by Arup), key people with ancient links to Kamay, the La Perouse Aboriginal community, Elders, knowledge holders and local artists to translate stories into elements that will be incorporated in the design of the wharves.

The engagement of the Gujaga Foundation will support the health and wellbeing of Country by valuing, respecting, and being guided by Aboriginal people via meaningful engagement to ensure culturally sensitive outcomes are achieved. The engagement of the Gujaga Foundation is also aligned to TfNSW’s Reconciliation Action Plan and demonstrates TfNSW’s commitment to meaningful reconciliation at the location of the First Meeting Place.

There continues to be broad government and community support on both sides of Botany Bay to reinstate the ferry wharves with potential historic, social, tourism, transport and economic benefits.

The Kamay 2020 Master Plan considers reinstatement of the wharves as being integral to the design for the upgraded Kurnell Precinct.

The project is expected to provide benefits for La Perouse, Kurnell and Sydney, including:

  • Creation of new wharves that are expected to be used by recreational and commercial vessels, including ferries
  • Water-borne access to the National Park which will provide an important physical and cultural link between the two places for visitors and the Aboriginal community
  • Better access to the location of the first meeting between Aboriginal Australians and Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of HMB Endeavour at Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Enabling a future ferry connection to create the missing link for walking and cycling routes around Botany Bay and along Sydney’s southern coastline
  • Better transport connections to Sydney for the community of Kurnell and other parts of Sutherland Shire
  • Increase in tourists and commuters on either side of the bay, providing both direct and indirect economic benefits including to local businesses.

In 2018 the Office of Environment and Heritage (now the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) completed the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell Precinct Master Plan.

On 28th April 2018, the Prime Minister and Federal Treasurer announced $50 million in funding towards Stage 1 of the Master Plan with contributions coming from both the Commonwealth ($25 million) and NSW ($25 million) Governments.

Stage 1 of the Master Plan includes the re-establishment of the wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was exhibited by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) from July to August 2021.

The EIS provided information on the project, including its environmental impacts and mitigation measures. Submissions made during the exhibition period will be used to inform planning approvals.

A Submissions Report addressing submissions received during this period will be published in the coming months.

Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 228 554 (toll free)

Email: kamayferrywharves@transport.nsw.gov.au

Post: Kamay Ferry Wharves Project, c/o Arup, Level 5, 151 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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