Flying Fish Cove Landscape Master Plan

The Our Christmas Island, 2030 Strategic Plan recognised the importance of Flying Fish Cove for all types of uses - industry, recreation and tourism. The Plan recommended that a long term vision for Flying Fish Cove be established, and that the facilities in the area better support these uses.

To manage the implementation of this work, the department has commissioned Manteena and landscape architects Oxigen to develop a Landscape Master Plan for the Cove. The study area includes public land from the roundabout area to the base of the road entrance to Tai Jin House (but not including the Tai Jin House area).

Representatives from Manteena and Oxigen visited Christmas Island in February 2020 to listen to the community's thoughts on potential improvements to Flying Fish Cove. The feedback provided was invaluable, and has led to the development of a draft staged Landscape Master Plan for the Cove, which is currently open for public consultation and feedback.

It is important to note that full implementation of the Landscape Master Plan would require a budget larger than is available. As such, the Landscape Master Plan will be delivered using a staged approach over a number of years. The draft Plan proposes a staging plan which aligns with priorities expressed during the initial consultation.

In order to progress to a final design, and sign off on a work program for the first few years, we are asking all Christmas Island community members to comment on the draft Plan which reflects the feedback from the initial consultations. Public display boards with explanations in English, Chinese and Malay can be found outside the IOT Administrator's office, out the front of the Harbour Master's office, the Poon Sang Shops and at Christmas Island District High School. Additional smaller signage has been placed at the Christmas Island Recreation Centre, the Airport, the Shire's offices and the Golden Bosun Tavern.

There are a number of ways you can comment on the Plan.

Hard copy surveys can be dropped off at the Office of the Administrator or directly to Vanessa Bennett from Christmas Island-based CChange Sustainable Solutions. Please contact Vanessa Bennett by email at vbennett@cchange.com.au or by phone on 0414 868 191 for a copy.

People can also participate in small group consultation sessions targeting key user groups of the Cove - Vanessa Bennett is also organising and facilitating these consultation sessions. Please contact her by email if you wish to participate. All consultation sessions will be in line with COVID-19 requirements.

The department looks forward to hearing from the community regarding your thoughts for Flying Fish Cove. With your input, we are confident that together we can improve the amenity and functionality of Flying Fish Cove, and increase its usefulness for all groups on Christmas Island.

The final plan will be published here following consideration and analysis of community feedback.