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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Minister for Small Business & Tourism
Hon Joe Hockey MP
28 September 2004
Member for North Sydney Joe Hockey today hailed the Howard Government's commitment if re-elected to transfer naval land at HMAS Platypus, Neutral Bay to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust as a historic milestone for the people of North Sydney.
"I am absolutely delighted that local residents now have certainty that this important harbour foreshore site will be quarantined from development forever", Mr Hockey said.
"This is a vindication for all those who have lobbied me for this outcome in recent years.
"This land will now remain in public ownership and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust will have responsibility for ensuring that it will become a great community asset".
Mr Hockey was accompanied by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Senator Ian Campbell, who is responsible for the Trust and the Trust Chairman, Kevin McCann, on a visit to HMAS Platypus to announce the good news to local residents.
"The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust has been a great success story and has already ensured that sites like Middle Head and the Woolwich Docks are managed for the community", Senator Campbell said.
"We established the Trust because we are committed to ensuring that Sydney Harbour remains as one of the world's great waterways.
"When Joe Hockey approached me on behalf of residents he was able to put forward a very strong case as to why this site should be protected and rehabilitated.
"Today's announcement is another example of how good economic management is paying dividends for environmental protection."
Senator Campbell said the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust would be asked to draw up a detailed and costed plan for the management of this site.