The NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council want to revamp the former Manly Aquarium, which closed in 2018.

The site, which was an aquarium from 1965 until it closed on 28 January 2018, now stands empty.

James Griffin

James Griffin

According to the Member for Manly James Griffin, there has been interest in the site, which is owned by the NSW Government.

“The former Manly Aquarium site has been an important part of the Manly waterfront since it was purpose-built in the 1960s.

“We want to ensure the final outcome for the site considers Council’s plans for the area but is also the best result for both the local community and visitors to the area.

“Essentially, the options are to either repurpose the existing building for community, educational, cultural or commercial uses. Alternatively, the site could be demolished, possibly to make way for new facilities to support any of these uses, subject to planning consent,” said Mr Griffin.

Mayor Michael Regan

Michael Regan

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said he welcomed the opportunity to work with the State Government to get the best outcome for the community.

“We know the community are in favour of increased public space as well as better recognition of Aboriginal heritage in this area.

“I look forward to finding a solution for this iconic area that the community will embrace for generations to come,” said Mayor Regan.

Proposals already put forward include a museum, restaurant or bar.

Mr Griffin says that the NSW Government, Council and community need to consider how the space can be used in the future.

“Ultimately we want to see what is best for the community and we will be listening to feedback from stakeholders.

“There are a number of constraints, considerations and environmental impacts to be considered for any future use, including the protected Little Penguin colony and sea grasses endemic to the area,” said Mr Griffin.

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