The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. They look after sites such as Cockatoo Island and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay and the Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay. Established in 2001, the Harbour Trust is an agency of the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy. Its role is to provide a leading urban parkland experience by integrating its sites into the life of the city and create a lasting legacy for the people of Sydney and Australia. Sites that were hidden away from public view for many years are now open for all, containing an extraordinary mix of historic buildings, magnificent harbour views, pristine natural landscapes and defence heritage. These public spaces and parklands now offer major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy.
Digital Storytellers produced a short film to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (2001-2016). It was screened at the Harbour Trust’s Public Board Meeting and 2016 Christmas Party, used to launch the Harbour Trust’s new social media platforms and used thereafter to promote and highlight the organisation’s achievements over its first 15 years.