Peat Island and Mooney Mooney are situated midway up the Hawkesbury River where the broad waters and sandy shorelines begin to change into meandering gorges, where the sandstone cliffs begin to climb up out of the water’s edge and the river begins to close in on each side.
The existing building stock is currently abandoned, fenced off and boarded up. The buildings appear to be of low significance, without detail or ornament. A detailed masterplan recommended a mix of residential, commercial and conference uses, in addition to a fully operational marina in the desired location.
SHAC further advised that although a small marina of 100 to 110 boats can survive, a viable future marina for this site should have approximately 250 berths for both large and small craft, with capacity for at least 10 super yachts. Community access and permeability into and around the site should were encouraged and enhanced. By rear accessing the mainland sites using the existing higher level roadway, the foreshore areas can be made fully public and landscaped down to the water’s edge with boardwalks, cycleways and beach areas.