Manly Cove

Manly Cove

Manly Cove is an iconic and locally significant place. People and vessels have been part of Manly accessing the Cove by sea for centuries and continue to do so.

Manly Cove is an iconic and locally significant place. People and vessels have been part of Manly accessing the Cove by sea for centuries and continue to do so.

Transport for NSW is planning two separate projects, as part of the $205 million NSW Government stimulus funding for maritime infrastructure and safety upgrades, to improve the accessibility to and along the Cove for all people including those with assisted and unassisted mobility needs. The two projects involve:

Transport will be working on these projects concurrently, so Manly Cove continues to support the local community and those who wish to visit to work, rest or play.

Manly Wharf 3 Project information

Transport for NSW is exploring options to improve the accessibility of Manly Wharf 3, as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program so all customers, including customers with assisted and unassisted mobility needs, can safely use the wharf.

The existing structure at Manly Wharf 3 is a simple wooden jetty with tidal steps.

Customers with mobility needs are currently unable to access ferry or other commercial services from Wharf 3 without assistance. Manly Wharf 3 is also used as an alternative wharf for ferry services when Wharves 1 and 2 are undergoing regular maintenance activities.

The existing wharf known as Manly Wharf 3, is a wooden jetty and pile structure with tidal steps. The wharf originally started life as a cargo wharf in the 1850s, and was then changed to a “fun pier” in 1931, which included a Ferris wheel and carousel. In 1989 it became a ferry wharf, primarily used by private operators who provide public ferry transport services on behalf of Transport.

Wharf 3 is currently used as an alternative wharf for ferry services when wharves 1 and 2 are undergoing maintenance activities.

The upgraded wharf will be designed to:

  • provide accessibility for all customers using the wharf
  • improve customer amenities and waiting areas
  • improve services for customers, operators of commercial vessels and recreational vessels
  • be functional with a respectful design theme that considers the heritage and history of Manly Cove.

The proposed upgrade of Manly Wharf 3 would provide:

  • improved access for mobility impaired customers and customers with prams
  • improved customer amenity such as protection from the wind, rain and sun, seating and waiting areas
  • improved safety for customers and staff
  • quicker and more efficient boarding and disembarking / ferry pick-up and drop-off
  • increased wharf capacity for future growth of vessel usage
  • improved pedestrian access around the wharf
  • more efficient interchange with other modes of transport, both public and private
  • better way finding signage.

Former Manly Sea Life Project information

Transport for NSW is the owner of the former aquarium Manly Sea Life. We are at the initial planning stage of the project and will be engaging with key stakeholders and the community as part of the design process.

It will be important to engage with Northern Beaches Council, Aboriginal and environmental groups so key factors surrounding heritage, environment and community are considered.

The aquarium was purpose built in the 1960s, and housed marine life until it was closed in 2018. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary was a public aquarium, which featured sharks, giant stingrays, sea turtles, little penguins and other marine life. It also allowed guests to take part in Shark Dive Xtreme, where they could swim with grey nurse sharks over three metres long.

Further information

How will the flora and fauna in the area (land/sea) be protected during construction of both projects?

Transport understands the flora and fauna nearby to both sites is sensitive and needs to be protected. Each project will be subject to an environmental impact assessment process, which needs to consider all the environmental impacts that need to be addressed in the development of the projects, and provide strategies to demonstrate how we will avoid, mitigate and manage these potential impacts.

We are expecting to have this completed in 2022. The community will have an opportunity to review these impacts, the proposed mitigation measures and provide a submission.

Transport is at the planning phase and we have started to carry out some environmental studies to assist with the development and environmental impact assessment for the two projects.

Over the next few months we will be engaging with key stakeholders and the community to seek feedback on Manly Wharf 3 and the former Sea Life site, to be considered as part of the design process. We expect to start our engagement in late October for Manly Wharf 3 and in early December for the former Manly Sea Life site.

The timeline shows the key phases throughout the project lifecycle and what phase the projects currently are in this process.

Timeline

Early community and stakeholder Consultation and Concept design is being developed

We are here

Community and stakeholder consultation about design

The Review of Environmental Factors is prepared to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the projects

The Review of Environmental Factors is put on public display for comments

Any submissions received are considered and included in a Submissions Report and the Review of Environmental Factors is finalised

Pending determination of the Review of Environmental Factors, planning for construction will be completed.

Construction starts.

 

 

Project documents

 

Contact us

For further information about this project contact us via:

Phone: 1800 770 973 (during business hours)

Email: manlycove@transport.nsw.gov.au

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