Businesses are being asked to submit proposals for the former Manly Hospital site.

Following the decommissioning of Manly Hospital when the Northern Beaches Hospital opened, the NSW Government sought public feedback on uses for the site. The resulting draft master plan outlined a vision for, ‘A vibrant health and wellbeing sanctuary which welcomes and supports the needs of the local and wider community – achieved through innovation and balance’.

Last month the sod was officially turned on the new Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice on the eastern block of the site. The NSW Government is moving ahead with the community plan to convert the entire site into a health and wellbeing precinct.

James Griffin

James Griffin

Member for Manly James Griffin said the NSW Government is ready to hear from experienced operators who may wish to provide services and activities that align with the precinct’s vision and proposed master plan.

“This is an exciting opportunity for community groups, not-for-profits and other parties keen to join us in creating and contributing to a world-class and innovative health and wellbeing harbourfront sanctuary,” said Mr Griffin.

The Registration of Interest (ROI) comes as the NSW Government is working with the community and health authorities to develop a master plan for the 6.18 ha site. Mr Griffin said the community lead master plan struck the right balance for the sustainable use of the site consistent with the community’s wishes.

Master plan means business

To help realise the community’s vision for the site, meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the people of the Northern Beaches and Greater Sydney metropolitan area, a planning proposal was lodged with Northern Beaches Council in November 2020 seeking to expand the range of health, wellbeing and related uses permitted at the site under the current zoning.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said, if approved, this would allow parts of the site to be used for activities consistent with the existing zoning, such as a group home, community and educational facilities, food and drink premises, child care, indoor recreation, neighbourhood shops, a function centre, respite day care and seniors housing.

“The Registration of Interest process we are launching is an opportunity for us to identify operators who may be interested in leasing a part of the site to deliver some of these activities and services,” said Mrs Pavey.

The Registration Of Interest (ROI) will be used to identify suitable potential tenants and occupants of the site. Applicants will be requested to make a more formal submission at a later stage of the project. Applications close at 3.00pm Thursday, 30 September 2021.

NSW DPIE held a webinar in September 2020 about the draft master plan, which was recorded (below).

Images & video: NSW Government