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Joint Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
The Hon Joe Hockey MP
Minister for Human Services Member for North Sydney

21 October 2006

$1.2m major upgrade for Woolwich dock

Sydney's historic Woolwich Dock is getting prepared for a bigger and brighter future with a $1.2 million upgrade of facilities.

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Greg Hunt, today announced a public tender process for a major upgrade of services at Woolwich Dock.

"This is a significant development in the Trust's plan to create at Woolwich Dock a first class marine repair and maintenance site," Mr Hunt said.

"The contract will result in the refurbishment of water, gas, hydrant and electrical services in the dock precinct.

"Construction of a new gas line, renovation of potable water lines, installation of a new electrical switchboard and provision of additional power capacity, and renewal of existing sewer lines may not be glamorous but are vital components of an efficient, productive marine operation.

"The upgrade of services at Woolwich Dock will materially assist the boat repair and maintenance services currently conducted at the dock," Mr Hunt said.

Member for North Sydney, Joe Hockey, said he was pleased that Woolwich Dock will progressively be further improved both for maritime-related activities and public access.

Mr Hockey said the area was a hive of activity, with a walking track providing easy access for the public. "A new public wharf, a lookout, reconfiguration of the entrance road, increased car parking and landscaping will bolster the amenity of this wonderful piece of Sydney Harbour," he said.

"A café and function centre, also planned, will bring more Sydneysiders and others to the dock and introduce them to nearby Clarkes Point Reserve and Kellys Bush, both precious green spaces on Hunters Hill peninsula."

Mr Hockey announced membership of a consortium, selected by the Trust, to take up a 25-year lease on buildings and facilities at the dock during a visit to the dock in March. The consortium operating at Woolwich is a partnership of Murlan, a property management business, Noakes Boat and Shipyards and the Oatley family.

Mr Hunt said that work on the $1.2 million upgrade would be in accordance with the Trust's plan of management for Woolwich Dock and Parklands, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and Section 30 of the Australian Heritage Commission Act.

Media contacts:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596 or
Trent Zimmerman (Mr Hockey's office) on 0419 690 617

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