Bayside Council restates opposition to Botany Bay cruise ship terminal

Cruise control: Yarra Bay looking west towards Port Botany could become the site of a cruise ship terminal. Bayside Council has restated its oppositon to the proposal.
Picture: Nick Moir
Cruise control: Yarra Bay looking west towards Port Botany could become the site of a cruise ship terminal. Bayside Council has restated its oppositon to the proposal. Picture: Nick Moir

Bayside Council has restated its strong opposition to a proposed passenger cruise-ship terminal in Botany Bay.

The cruise industry and Sydney Business Chamber have been calling for more capacity for cruise ships because terminals at Circular Quay and White Bay cannot keep up with increasing demand.

The State Government is considering Yarra Bay or Molineux Point, on the northern side of Botany Bay for cruise ships after Garden Island was ruled out.

Last week's Bayside Council meeting supported a Notice of Motion put forward by Councillors Scott Morrissey and Christina Curry stating that the council is strongly opposed to a new passenger cruise-ship terminal proposed to be built at Botany Bay.

The council will write to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and the new Minister responsible for ports, Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Roads, reiterating Council's strong opposition to a proposed passenger cruise-ship terminal at either Yarra Bay or Molineux Point.

This will highlight the council's strong concerns about the negative impact a passenger terminal would have on the area including traffic congestion, environmental destruction, loss of open green space and flow-on land-use pressures.

The council also resolved to write to the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and local Members of State Parliament about this issue.

Last year, Bayside Council mayor Bill Saravinovksi said there are serious concerns that further dredging would lead to the erosion of the few sandy beaches left around the bay, including the beachfront stretching from Kyeemagh to Sans Souci.

"The impacts from past dredging and reclamation works primarily associated with the development of the port and the airport continue to degrade the foreshore of Botany Bay," he said in a previous mayoral minute.

"Bayside residents have been paying the ongoing environmental repair costs ever since."

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