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Berrys Bay proposed maritime precinct

Berrys Bay is located on the eastern side of the Waverton Peninsula in the North Sydney local government area. The bay has been used for port and maritime industry uses since the late 19th Century.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Government Property NSW own a 4.3 hectare portion of land and water on the western shore of Berrys Bay. Government Property NSW owns 1.6 ha of land covering the lower section of former BP oil terminal and the former Woodleys Shipyard. This land is zoned for waterfront maritime use. Roads and Maritime Services owns the 3.5ha of adjacent water area in Berrys Bay which has been set aside for over-water development.

Berrys Bay site

Berrys Bay site

What's happening now?

RMS and Government Property NSW entered into an agreement to lease with Pacifica Developments (formerly known as Meridien Marinas) to develop a maritime precinct at this site. The agreement for lease sets out the conditions Pacifica Developments must adhere to before they can be granted a formal lease for the site. It is one of the first steps in the planning process for the site.
The proposed development would include:

  • A marina facility
  • Dry vessel storage
  • A vessel workshop area
  • A public car park
  • Improved public foreshore access
  • Open recreational space, including an playground and picnic area
  • Space for maritime businesses such as a ships chandlery
  • Space for food retail outlets such as a cafe or restaurant

Heritage items such as the Woodleys Shipyard shed and the existing quay line would be retained as part of the proposal.

To find out further information about the proposed Berrys Bay maritime precinct please visit

What happens next?

Pacifica Developments must prepare a development application which will be assessed by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure's Joint Regional Planning Panel. The panel will consist of five members – three independent members appointed by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure and two members nominated by North Sydney Council.

Community consultation is an important part of the process. As part of a broader community engagement strategy, Pacifica Developments has convened a community reference group (CRG). The CRG provides a consultation forum for community and stakeholder representatives throughout the planning, public exhibition, potential construction and commissioning phases of the project. The public's comments will be considered by the Joint Regional Planning Panel before deciding whether to approve the project.

Project background

RMS and Government Property NSW want to ensure the site is improved for maritime and public recreational use.

Our objectives for the site are that future development must:

  • Address contemporary maritime needs, particularly the demand for vessel storage on Sydney's north shore.
  • Improve the site's amenity.
  • Improve public access to the site, especially the foreshore.
  • Integrate maritime, open public space and heritage uses; and
  • Comply with existing legislation including the North Sydney Council Local Environmental Plan.

Project history

December 2007: NSW Maritime and the State Property Authority (now known as RMS and Government Property NSW) sought expressions of interest from the private sector to develop the Berrys Bay site as a maritime precinct. Meridien Marinas were selected as the preferred proponent.

October 2010: A public meeting was organised by the Waverton Precinct Committee in objection to Meridien's concept designs for the site. About 300 people attended including representatives from North Sydney Council and the Waverton Precinct Committee. Community and stakeholder objection was mainly related to the size and scale of buildings in this iteration of the concept design.

2011 to 2013: Meridien, now known as Pacifica Developments, responded to community feedback and are working on revised concept designs for the site. The revised concept designs will be displayed for public and stakeholder comment.

May 2013: RMS and Pacifica Developments signed an agreement for lease which sets out the conditions that must be fulfilled before a formal lease is granted for the site. The revised concept designs will be displayed for public and stakeholder comment as part of the application approval process.

September 2013: Pacifica Developments has so far convened a number of community reference group (CRG) meetings and a site visit.  Feedback from the CRG is being incorporated into the concept designs as the CRG consultation process continues. The next stage will be the preparation of the development application, including detailed planning and studies, based on this design.

Further Information

For further information about the proposed Berrys Bay maritime precinct, please contact Pacifica Developments' community engagement team.

Community information line: 1800 152 332

Project Documents

Agreement for Lease sites


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