Will the maritime uses continue on the site?

One of the strongest messages received from the community and leaseholders was the desire to maintain the semi industrial nature of the slipyards, and to ensure that the uses on site were reflective of the historical significance of the site as a slipyard. To that end, it is anticipated that the site will continue to be dominated by maritime uses, with some small scale alternative and compatible uses occurring on site.

Access to the waterfront via the Dog Park will remain unchanged.


Will the public still have access to the site?

Yes the public will retain access to the site and it is anticipated that the access to the site be improved through greater connectivity from the playground, through the Ross Patent Slip and onto the Dog Park. In addition, there will be greater opportunities to understand the functionality of the site through a platform where the site can be viewed and understood. This will ensure that people are not standing around the carparking or access area, nor are they necessarily entering the semi-industrial area of the slipyards themselves which could introduce an OHS risk and require the businesses there to stop work. 

Is this Master Plan to enable the walkway?

This project is not related at all to the previously proposed Battery Point Walkway. 

Can we introduce Visitor Accommodation to the site?

Visitor accommodation is not a permitted or discretionary use in the current Particular Purpose Zone that applies to the site. There is no intention to change this approach.


What new uses can occur on the site?

The Particular Purpose zone as it currently exists allows a range of uses that are associated with boat building or maritime uses. This can enable a shop associated with maritime uses, educational institution associated with boat building or slipyards, community meeting and entertainment if associated with art and craft centre, gallery or other use related to the history of the area and the River Derwent. Tourist operations associated with the sites maritime past with associated small scale food services businesses are also considered appropriate.

This Master Plan was not about increasing the number of allowable uses on the site but more about considering the appropriateness of future uses and opportunities on the site. To that end, there may be a variety of uses that are appropriate, however their links to the existing maritime history and ongoing use of the site is the critical factor.

Will any of the buildings be removed from the site?

The buildings on site are a mix of significant heritage buildings, and less significant sheds and outbuildings. It is recommended that some of these be removed over the medium to long term to open up and activate the site, and to enable view lines from the Ross Patent slip, down to the waterfront.


Will redevelopment of the site be allowable following the Master Plan?

Similarly to the current Particular Purpose Zone, individual developments of the site is not prohibited, however it is important that it occurs at an appropriate scale, recognises the heritage significance of the site and involves uses that are consistent with both the Particular Purpose Zone, and the Master Plan.