Rose Bay Seaplane Facility upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Seaplanes are upgrading the seaplane facility at Lyne Park, Rose Bay. The existing building will be replaced with a modern facility.

Artist’s impression of the new Rose Bay Seaplane Facility viewed from Lyne Park

About this project

The new facility is expected to open in August 2016. On site work to upgrade the wharf was scheduled in two stages to minimise potential impacts during the summer peak when there is more activity in and around the bay. Stage one work to install some piles was carried out in November 2015.

Stage two on site work will start on Tuesday 1 March 2016 and is expected to be completed by August 2016. Further information can be viewed in the February construction notification.

Seaplane operations will continue and the foreshore, nearby businesses and Lyne Park will be accessible during construction.

An upgrade to the Rose Bay Seaplane Facility will provide economic, cultural and social benefits to Sydney and the local area by:

  • Continuing the historic use of the site
  • Providing improved amenities for seaplane customers
  • Maintaining a valuable tourism asset.

The existing arrangements for berthing up to five seaplanes will continue.

Project background

Panaroma of Rose Bay flying boat base. Photographer unknown, late 1930s. Courtesy of the Civil Aviation Historical Society Inc.

Seaplane services have operated in Rose Bay since the 1930s. Rose Bay was the initial home of international flights to Sydney.

The seaplane facility is on Roads and Maritime owned land at Lyne Park, Rose Bay. In 2007 Sydney Aviation, the owner of Sydney Seaplanes, won a bid to manage and maintain a seaplane facility at the site and has continuously leased the site since.

The existing facility was originally installed around 25 years ago. Roads and Maritime reviewed the site and determined it was in need of upgrade and repair.

Existing seaplane facility July 2015.

In May 2010 Sydney Seaplanes submitted a development application for a new building for the Rose Bay Seaplane service. The development application was placed on exhibition and the community and stakeholders were invited to make submissions.

In response to feedback, significant amendments to the original proposal were made, including a reduction in size.

The revised plans were placed on exhibition and in January 2011 following assessment, development consent was granted by NSW Maritime, now Roads and Maritime.

On-site work to upgrade the facility will be carried out in two stages, during November 2015 and between late January and August 2016.

The new facility is expected to open in August 2016, weather permitting.

Resources

Community notification

February 2016

Construction poster

February 2016

Construction poster

October 2015

Facilities

August 2015

Construction

August 2015

Background

August 2015

History

August 2015

Frequently asked questions

The project

  • Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Seaplanes are upgrading the seaplane facility at Lyne Park, Rose Bay. The existing building will be upgraded to a modern facility.
  • The features of the new facility include:

    • An upgraded waiting area and deck
    • Berthing for up to five seaplanes as per existing arrangements
    • A kiosk selling tickets, pre-prepared snacks and refreshments
    • A public display area to highlight the history of seaplanes at Rose Bay.
  • The existing facility was originally installed around 25 years ago and is in need of upgrade and repair.

Development application (DA) lodgement and community consult

  • Sydney Seaplanes placed its DA for a new facility on public exhibition from 23 June to 23 July 2010.

    In response to the 96 submissions received, Sydney Seaplanes made the following changes to the building design:

    • Reduced the height of the building
    • Reduced the floor space
    • Removed the mezzanine viewing platform
    • Reduced the width of the outdoor deck area on the eastern side of the building.

    In October 2010, Sydney Seaplanes submitted amended development plans to NSW Maritime (now Roads and Maritime Services) and additional information to address the issues raised during the initial consultation.

    The amended submission was placed on public exhibition from 27 October to 26 November 2010.

  • The DA was approved on 21 January 2011.

Construction

  • On-site work to upgrade the facility will be carried out in two stages, during November 2015 and between late January and August 2016.

    Stage one on-site work to install piles will start on Thursday 5 November and is expected to take up to one week to complete.

  • Work to upgrade the facility will be carried out in two stages to minimise potential impacts during the summer peak, when there is more activity in and around the bay.
  • The existing service building will be removed in its entirety and replaced with a new building.
  • A 20 metre section of seawall adjoining the facility and owned by Roads and Maritime will be restored before the new seaplane facility is installed.
  • The work will be carried out from a barge on Sydney Harbour and/or from land within the construction site boundary.

Traffic and parking

  • Heavy vehicles will access the construction site from New South Head Road, through the harbour side of Lyne Park from the car park area.

    Material deliveries, concrete pouring and structural steel deliveries will be scheduled for early mornings around 7am on the days authorised. Construction vehicles will not park on public roads.

  • The Rose Bay Seaplane Facility is within the jurisdiction of the Woollahra Municipal Council. The facility abuts one of the council’s public recreation areas, Lyne Park. The council owns and manages the nearby parking facilities and local road access to the site.

    Woollahra Council has been consulted on the development of this project and will be kept up to date along with local residents and businesses as work progresses.

Site security and safety

  • Security fencing will be installed around the site to restrict access during construction.
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