At a meeting on 26 November 2019, Council resolved to adopt the Manly West Esplanade Heritage Activation Plan (View Council Minutes (Item 14.3)), including the following changes:
- Amenities – relocate the disabled toilet from outside the heritage amenities block, and
reinstate the heritage façade of the building where the disabled toilet was located.
- Boardwalk reinstatement concept – wait for the determination on Aquarium site prior to
commencing the detailed feasibility work for the boardwalk/harbour pool reinstatement concept.
Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft Manly West Esplanade Heritage Activation Plan. A total of 64 submissions were received during the exhibition period between 31 August and 29 September 2019.
Key themes identified in the submissions included:
|Public art||do not want public art to dominate the space.|
support for highlighting the indigenous heritage of the area.
|Former aquarium building||support for demolition
of the existing building and creating public space.|
|Boardwalk reinstatement||nostalgia for the former boardwalk, however a number of concerns on potential negative impact of reinstating the boardwalk.|
|Shared pedestrian and bicycle path||improvements
to the safety of the path should be explored.|
|Landscaping and street furniture improvements||improvements
to landscaping and street furniture would improve the space.|
|Manly Art Gallery and Museum||support for design elements, such as façade changes, to help highlight the Manly Art Gallery and Museum|
Draft plan endorsed for exhibition
At a meeting on 27 August, Council resolved to publicly exhibit the draft Manly West Esplanade Heritage Activation Plan.
The draft plan and accompanying documents are on exhibition to Sunday 29 September.
West Esplanade is located within the western section of Manly Cove; stretching from Manly Wharf, west to the Manly Pavilion and includes land managed by Northern Beaches Council, Crown Lands (managed by Northern Beaches Council) and Roads and Maritime Services (The Manly Pavilion, Aquarium and Ferry Wharf).
We have received a heritage grant to develop a Heritage Activation Plan for Manly West Esplanade which will:
- highlight the history of the area pre and post European settlement
- identify ways to help the community appreciate, interact with and enjoy the heritage of the area
- explore the nostalgia of West Esplanade including the art gallery facade and boardwalk.