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On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Bay and Little Sirius Cove Foreshore Reserves Plan of Management

Nov 2, 2021 by Evan Matthews

Council has prepared a draft Plan of Management for public land in Harnett Park and Reid Park on Mosman Bay, and for Sirius Park and Curraghbeena Park on Little Sirius Cove.

The study area, pictured below, includes bushland and walking paths, informal parks used for children’s play and other recreation activities, and buildings including Mosman Marina, Mosman Rowers Club, 3rd Mosman Bay Sea Scouts, Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts and amenities.

A range of actions have been developed in the preparation of the draft Plan which will guide the management of the reserves in future. The intention of the actions is to address some of the key issues identified in the preparation of the draft Plan and to ensure the orderly management of the reserves in accordance with the community’s expectations.

We are currently exhibiting the draft Plan, and are seeking community feedback and submissions. Consultation will close on Friday 26 November 2021. Click here to get involved.

Temporary Pause on Construction in Greater Sydney

Jul 19, 2021 by Kelly Lynch

Yesterday, the NSW Premier announced several changes to restrictions across Greater Sydney, including in Mosman, in effect until 11.59pm on Friday, 30 July 2021. These include new rules for the retail and construction industries, and revised orders for work from home and stay at home.

In regards to construction, under the latest Public Health Order, all work on construction sites in Greater Sydney is paused from 12.01am on Monday 19 July to 11.59pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

However, the following urgent works only may be undertaken:

  • to ensure the safety or security of the construction site
  • to deal with environmental risks
  • to maintain and ensure the integrity of critical plant, equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
  • to receive deliveries of supplies that would otherwise deteriorate
  • to maintain public utilities
  • to ensure the safe operation of existing transport infrastructure
  • by or on behalf of NSW Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • because of an emergency.

Only workers required to undertake these works are permitted on site.

Construction sites are defined as a place at which work, including related excavation, is being carried out to erect, demolish, extend or alter a building or structure, or at which civil works are being carried out, but not work carried out in relation to a dwelling in which a person is residing.

Work at a residential dwelling, including cleaning or carrying out repairs, maintenance, alterations, additions or other trades, may not take place unless urgently required to ensure the health, safety or security of the place of residence or the members of the household, or because of an emergency.

Latest COVID-19 rules for Greater Sydney

Latest on the status of Council services impacted by COVID-19

COVID Response and Recovery from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


Heritage Exhibition: Mosman’s Diverse History of Community Groups

Apr 20, 2021 by Evan Matthews

Mosman has a rich and diverse cultural heritage spanning from pre-colonial indigenous history to colonial settlement to world war military fortification to its current modern charm.

Over time cultural values evolve and develop, businesses come and go, and the built environment changes with new developments.

In Mosman we are lucky to enjoy a well preserved built environment with over 400 individually listed heritage items and 13 heritage conservation areas. Additionally Mosman boasts 105 Aboriginal heritage sites, 34 protected landscape items and 10 archaeological heritage items.

The culmination of our protected heritage is a window to the past that allows us to explore an enriching connection with our suburb and its history. Despite our outstanding heritage preservation, there is no denying the face of Mosman changes considerably every year.The exhibition runs from 19 April to 9 May 2021 and can be viewed here.

Farewell to Linda Kelly, Manager Urban Planning

Nov 23, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Council’s Manager Urban Planning, Linda Kelly, has resigned this month after working at Mosman Council for many years.

Linda Kelly

Linda has been integral in the Urban Planning team in working to ensure that the amenity of Mosman is maintained and enhanced through good planning outcomes. Her notable achievements include:

  • running the Mosman Design Awards to celebrate outstanding contributions to the built environment and heritage of Mosman;
  • tirelessly campaigning to ensure that the visual impact of development, view sharing and tree dominance remain important considerations in the Mosman Scenic Protection Area;
  • the preparation of numerous plans and policies; and
  • striving for excellence in engagement and communication with the introduction of the Mosman Planning website and leading projects that have won awards from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Linda has moved on in her career to academia as a lecturer in the Bachelor of Planning program at Macquarie University. In departing, Linda said “I love teaching and it’s great to be passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of planners. I have enjoyed working at Mosman and being part of the planning teams, both current and past, that care about making a positive impact for the future.”

We thank Linda for all her efforts over the years, and wish her all the best.

Department of Planning extends Development Consent Commencement Timeframes

May 29, 2020 by Evan Matthews

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has enacted further emergency changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The changes recognise the difficulties and disruptions experienced by landowners to commence building works for existing development consents by extending lapsing periods for development consent, extending the period for existing land use rights and extending appeal periods on determinations.

DPIE advise the changes include:

  • Consents granted before 25 March 2020 will be extended by 2 years and all consents granted since 25 March 2020 will have a lapsing period of 5 years (which cannot be varied during the pandemic period).
  • Property owners relying on existing and continuing use rights who are forced to stop using their property during the pandemic will now have 3 years to resume, instead of 1 year
  • Appeal periods for merit appeals to the courts have been doubled to provide more flexibility for applicants and the community.
  • Investigation officers are now able to conduct interviews for compliance investigations using phone or video link to allow for social distancing.

The changes are temporary and expected to be repealed once economic conditions improve. Permanent changes were also made to clarify the meaning of commencement of works.

In addition, a separate round of amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 has removed the requirement for development applications to be notified in a local newspaper. Instead, Councils are required to notify development applications on their website, a practice which Mosman Council has undertaken for several years through our DA Tracker.

The DPIE website has further information on the changes to development consent periods and the notification requirement changes.

NSW Planning – Changes in Response to COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

In recent days, the NSW Government has announced a number of changes to NSW planning legislation in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Many of these changes are the result of Orders issued by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, under newly created section 10.17 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Changes will remain in place until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

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Community braves the rain to have a say on local parks

Feb 28, 2020 by Evan Matthews

The Urban Planning Team pushed through the rain on Saturday to hold community drop in sessions at Reid Park and Sirius Cove reserve. The sessions were well attended by members of the public who braved the elements to get involved. Issues discussed were varied including off-leash dog walking, kayak and dinghy storage, vegetation management, new ideas for park furniture and much more.

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The Not So “Missing Middle”

May 9, 2019 by Linda Kelly

There has been much written about the so called ‘missing middle” as part of a solution to Sydney’s housing problem. Last year the State Government introduced a new code to allow certain types of medium density housing like terrace housing and dual occupancies, to be approved by private certifiers within 20 days if they comply with predetermined controls.Mosman, like the majority of Sydney metropolitan councils, received a 12 month deferral of the commencement of the code. This is due to expire on 1 July 2019. The State Government has remained silent on any plans for the affected councils past that date and has not responded to Council’s request for a permanent exclusion from the code.

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