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  • Multi-user facility: Glebe Island

    A working port for over 100 years, now a new port facility on Glebe Island will help supply the city’s construction boom.

    Glebe Island in Sydney Harbour has been a vital maritime supply route for over 100 years and has been used for importing concrete and gypsum to service Sydney’s construction supply needs since the early 1990s. The port’s berths provide a low-cost, low-impact and sustainable way to bring dry bulk materials (including sand for making concrete) into the city.

    There is an increasing demand in Sydney city for construction materials (including sand to make concrete) to service the NSW Government’s major infrastructure projects. To assist, Port Authority is building a multi-user facility at Glebe Island that will provide a low-impact and sustainable way to ship the materials to Sydney – a single vessel can keep up to 1,500 truckloads off the roads.

    Located adjacent to berths 1 and 2 on the eastern side of Glebe Island, once build, operators of the multi-user facility will:

    • facilitate taking the materials (sand and rock aggregates) off ships
    • move the materials via conveyor belts to an enclosed storage building
    • feed materials from the storage bays to an internal truck loading area, before being distributed to concrete batching plants in Sydney.

    Port Authority is currently going through a procurement process to select operators for the facility once it is built. The facility has been designed to allow for multiple operators to use the facility.

    Read more about the multi-user facility project 

    Status of the multi-user facility

    Construction of the facility commenced in July 2020. The 15,000m2 facility (equivalent to approx. five tennis courts wide and 20m high) will be constructed using structural steel frames, colorbond cladding, a precast concrete perimeter wall and concrete pile footing. Construction will take approximately nine to twelve months, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

    Construction includes:

    • preparing the hardstand (ground area and footing)
    • pouring concrete pile footing
    • installing a precast concrete perimeter wall
    • erection of the structural steel frame, cladding and building services
    • completing a road to service the facility.

    During construction, noise will be kept to a minimum and out of hours works avoided where possible. Construction hours will generally be Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm. Port Authority will provide advance notification to the community should works be extended to weekends and Public Holidays in line with Ministerial Order Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID Development - Construction work days) Order 2020

    Read the Project Update.

    Important considerations for the multi-user facility

    The construction of the multi-user facility was granted having followed the NSW Government planning processes under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    To date, community consultation has occurred through the following:

    Noise and the facility’s exterior appearance were identified in the consultation process as key concerns by residents. Below outlines how Port Authority is working to mitigate these concerns.

    Noise mitigation:

    Port Authority has developed a draft Port Noise Policy as part of a commitment to managing noise impacts at Glebe Island and White Bay in a sustainable way. Residents are being invited to have their say on the policy until 10 August 2020 at www.portauthoritynsw.com.au/noisepolicy.

    Have Your Say on how the facility’s exterior will look:

    Residents are invited to have their say on the facility’s exterior finish by joining a consultative committee. The committee met on 4 August 2020 to allow residents to provide feedback and to discuss possible concepts to inform the design.

    If you would like to provide feedback, email it to glebeisland_multiuserfacility@portauthoritynsw.com.au or call 9296 4962.

    Next steps:

    Port Authority is committed to keeping residents and members of the Glebe Island and White Bay Community Liaison Group informed of the progress throughout the construction of the facility.

    A Project Update will be letter box dropped and available on this webpage in September 2020 and will include details on:

    • construction progress
    • details of how the structure will be built
    • outcomes from the facility’s exterior consultative committee
    • update on outcomes from consultation on the Port Noise Policy.

    Register to receive updates as they become available.

    Associated multi-user facility documents:

    Review of Environmental Factors

    Download the RTS Report here

    Download the determination here

    View ministerial correspondence between Minister for Transport and Roads and Minister for Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 

    View Port Authority response to items raised by Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

    Contact us:

    Email: GlebeIsland_MultiUserFacility@portauthoritynsw.com.au

    24/7 Enquiries and complaints line: 02 9296 4962.