Plan to transform Cockatoo Island into arts and culture precinct

The Harbour Trust has unveiled a “bold and ambitious” plan to transform Sydney’s Cockatoo Island into an arts and culture precinct.

Currently open for open for public comment, the draft plan includes art, retail, dining and educational spaces with a focus on First Nations culture and significance as a sacred women’s place.

“What we would like to do is make sure this island becomes a must-see destination,” Harbour Trust chair Joseph Carrozzi said.

“Within these [industrial] buildings we will want to try and activate them for performances, for events, for exhibitions, for modern contemporary uses.”

Carrozzi said the vision needed the support of state and federal governments and the private and philanthropic sectors to become a reality.

“We want to work with government, community, corporates, benefactors to bring this vision to life in a way that is sensitive to the historical significance of the site but also impressive and attractive,” he said.