Plan adopted

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.

Engagement summary

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:

ThemeIndicative comments
Public art do not want public art to dominate the space.
Indigenous heritage

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

View the Summary Table of Community Comments

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.

View Council Report (Item 14.2 page 157)

View Attachment Booklet 5

View Council Minutes (page 20)


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.