Project Working Group

Reviewing expressions of interest

Located in the heart of Manly, this iconic 84-year building is a centerpiece of the area with views of Manly Wharf. It has multiple and varying sized spaces suitable for a range of community purposes including workshops, meetings, performances and health and leisure activities.

Council is working towards consolidating our staff accommodation, so there is a unique opportunity to reimagine and revitalise the Town Hall and consider what it could be used for in the longer term.

In early 2021 we started the discussion to hear your ideas about what this could be, keeping in mind that the building is heritage listed. We received close to 300 ideas on how the building could be used and benefit our community.

In July 2022 we asked for expressions of interest from Northern Beaches residents to participate in a Project Working Group (PWG) that will provide a representative-based view for considering and investigating potential future uses of the Manly Town Hall.

In the earlier consultation round, the community provided many great suggestions for us and the Project Working Group to consider.

Once the PWG is established in August 2022 the process is expected to take a number of months to workshop the ideas and determine the feasibility of options.

These options will then be considered by Council prior to further community consultation expected in mid-2023.

The call for expressions of interest in joining our PWG is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an EOI.


About the Project Working Group

A Project Working Group (PWG) is being formed to ensure that the views of residents and key stakeholder groups are heard and considered in planning for a new beginning for Manly Town Hall.

The PWG will provide a forum for discussions between Council and 12 representatives including residents, businesses, workers, visitors, and other special interest groups in considering and investigating potential future uses of the Manly Town Hall. Those identified as direct appointments have been invited separately and will not need to apply here.

The Terms of Reference document is available to read here.

We invited people to register their interest in joining the PWG by completing the Expressions of Interest form below. The call for expressions of interest closed at 5pm on 1 August 2022.

An inception meeting is anticipated for August 2022 and we expect the group to meet on at least three (3) occasions over the next 12 months. Specific dates and times will be determined once the group is confirmed. Approximately two weeks’ notice will be provided for each scheduled session and notice will be provided via e-mail to participants.

If you miss out on a chance to be a part of the PWG, there will be other opportunities for you to get involved throughout the project, so click +Follow above to stay up to date.

Should you have any questions about the PWG, please contact Russell Peake, Manager Social Planning and Services on 8495 6739.

Expression of Interest form


View the ideas board